Rock-Paper-Scissors and Fascism

Graphic provided by Curt Doolittle.


In effect, the graphic above represents the Trichotomy or Significant Triangles or the Three Estates of the Realm that I posted about in February of 2015 in Significant Triangles, and which I expanded up in Triangle: Human Drives on my PoseidonAwoke blog. I plan on doing a comprehensive wrap-up to this discussion in a later post, because, as usual, Curt has distilled and surpassed my muddled thinking on the subject.

Each of the Three Estates of the Realm represents a division of labor and cognition. Each living being must play to its strengths in pursuit of survival and reproduction. Humans will naturally do this, advocating using their strengths for the outcome they wish to achieve which they perceive to serve their genetic self-interests.


Curt wrote:

–Liberty/Market, Fascism/Mar, Law/Culture–

The Communist threat was enormous.

Given the asymmetric value of opportunity costs, NOT ACTING in era of change is expensive.

So taking early initiative or waiting is a question of forecast costs.

And fascism was an answer to acting early.

A condition of liberty is the consequence of the nearly universal suppression of parasitism.

But just as soldiers compete, norms compete, and markets compete: *Rock-Paper-Scissors applies*.

One cannot fight soldiers with markets:Rock-Paper-Scissors. There is no steady state in econ or out.

There is no permanent condition of liberty possible any more than is a permanent condition of war.

Rock paper scissors: Liberty/Market, Fascism/War, Law/Culture.

Simple people use simple models. But while simple people use simple models it is up to us to explain the much more complicated world.

And that most complicated world consists not of steady states,but of supply,demand,rents,and shocks.

Facism is not a model, it is a tool with which we seek the optimum state of liberty, law, peace.

Monopoly institutions are not a steady state but a means of paying for the suppression of local rent.

Rule of law is not a steady state but a tool for the suppression of innovations in parasitism.

That we have yet failed to create an institution for suppressing centralized rents is just a failure.

Anarchism cannot do this, so the alternative is market production of commons.

Because commons are necessary even for the production of property rights, rule of law and territory.

And surprisingly, it turns out that commons free of privatization, are devastatingly competitive.

So, these are the rules of the Rock-Paper-Scissors of Fascism  (Liberty/Market, Fascism/War, Law/Culture):

War smashes Markets
Culture obviates War
Markets dissolve Culture

or, using the other set of words provided by Curt

Fascism smashes Liberty
Law obviates Fascism
Liberty undermines Law

What this game is explaining is that we have a 3-axis supply and demand between the 3 major divisions of cognition and labor. As we get an over supply of Liberty/Markets (which exceeds the ability for Law/Culture to order properly as the society rapidly changes), we create a demand for Fascism/War/Authority. As we get an oversupply of Fascism/War/Athority (which slows or destroys Liberty/Markets [commerce] and stabilizes society) we create a demand for Law/Culture which can replace arbitrary martial law. As we get an oversupply of Law/Culture (where we have a strongly ordered and stable society, with a slower moving economy), we create a demand for Liberty/Markets.

Liberty undermines Law – An increase in Liberty (voluntary organization of production, markets) increases the points at which parasitism can occur which then places a stress on Law and Culture to identify and eliminate the new modes of parasitism.

Authoritarian (fascism, Asiatic despotism) societies seek to reduce opportunities for the invention of new forms of parasitism by attempting to freeze modes of production (non-liberty)(must ask permission before acting) in order to alleviate the stress that it causes on the system of Law and Culture.

Therefore, if cultural upheaval is too great and Rule of Law is being undermined, which will eventually lead to War and smash all production (extremely high cost), then a period of fascism (authoritarianism) will solidify the Culture and Laws at the expense of reducing the efficiency and fluidity of the markets (lower short term cost outweighs future high cost).

The Trichotomy of Cognition and Labor work together, creating a balance, with oversupply of one division creating demand for the cognition and labor provided by the other corners.

There is fertile ground here for a lot analysis of many historical conditions using this framework. It is my view that the West has exhausted itself with Consumer Capitalism, that we have endured hundreds of years of rapid social change from ever expanding Liberty. Many in the West have come to the conclusion that the portfolio of capital held by the West is no longer served by further increases in Liberty, but will actually be much better served by an increase in Authority (which will curtail Liberty and slow markets) which will all for Law and Culture to recuperate and solidify. In essence, there is now a massive demand for fascism in the West.

To Do: Relationship to Social Cycle Theory., Spengler and the Cyclical View of History


6 thoughts on “Rock-Paper-Scissors and Fascism

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  2. this is incredibly good indeed.
    but if, as per Land, capitalism is a social order that has reached cybernetic runaway closure, the demand for authority will have to be met in ways that necessarily increase liberty (chaos = intelligence optimization = capital).

    one such example is the neocameralist model: extremely authoritarian internally, but allowing free markets.

    how Law/Culture (such humanly things) survive this would be the tale of our century (most likely, some kind of transhumanist singularitarian religion spreads)

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