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Eureka: Three types of societies
by Joseph Gatt
2018-07-10 07:20:01
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Go to any society and it will be one of three types. You have free societies, tribal societies and militarized societies. Let me discuss each society briefly.

Free societies

societ001_400Free societies are societies where individual choices prevail and where individuals can choose whatever path they want to choose in life. In free societies you can work for whoever you please, marry whoever you please, and can make whatever consumer choices you please.

At the workplace, free societies place a large emphasis on individual choices, workers listen to each other and decisions are take after careful and detailed debate and discussion. Free societies tend to discuss freely and look at the big picture, leave little or no information out when taking decisions, that is every topic is freely discusssed. Taboos are rarely something for free societies, and even when taboos exist, they are freely discussed. Free societies value free flow of information and make sure every member of the family or organization is informed.

Tribal societies

Tribal societies are about giving impressions rather than seeking the truth. Clan membership is important, and individuals are members of the clan and need to portray the clan in a positive light. So tribal societies will seek to give whatever positive impression they can give, sometimes at the cost of individual freedom and happiness.

This means tribal societies will tend to marry someone who makes them look good rather than try to marry someone they will be happy with, will try to get a job that makes them look good than a job they can be happy with, seek an education that makes them look good rather than individually fulfilled. Consumers seek products that make them look good rather than are useful, and people are careful to make good impressions wherever they go.

In tribal societies the workplace is mostly the theater of the absurd. Workers pretend to get work done rather than actually get work done, compete for higher positions as higher positions make them look good, ever when the higher position does not necessarily reflect their personal ambition or fulfill their personal happiness. Criticism in society is highly frowned upon, and in tribal societies you could get told off for what may sound like a hint of criticism. After all criticism makes you, your family and your clan look bad. This means that a lot of times you will be praised for performing poorly (because the poor performance reflects negatively on your clan, which is good for competing clans) and criticized for stellar performances (because your stellar performance makes your clan look good, which is a negative thing for competing clans.)

Militarized societies

Militarized societies have very carefully crafted hierarchies where each member of society is assigned a rank, and the rank means they have actual power over lower ranks, including the power to assign tasks, force tasks, in some cases control members of the the lower rank. It could be North Korea's 56 castes, India's 5 castes, South Korea, Japan, China and Vietnam's system where hierarchy is based on age (the older control the younger) and gender (men control women) and financial means (the rich control the poor.)

If you live in militarized societies you could have older people give you orders even when you're not related, and be expected to comply. Higher ranking members are treated with deference, talking back is a serious offense, and so is even hinting that you are of higher rank when you are in fact of lower rank.

Universities are ranked and those from top universities control those from bottom universities. Claiming falsely that you are from a top university is an offense punishable by the law. Countries are also ranked and those from the United States will be treated with deference while those from African states will be considered of lower rank. At the workplace, each individual is conferred a rank, and the same principles apply as in the military, you don't talk back, you wear the uniform, you show up on time, you don't desert (this means you give sufficient notice for resignations) and you don't go on unauthorized leaves. Marriage life applies the same principles, you don't talk back, you wear the uniform (people are expected to dress up even at home) you don't desert, you don't go on unauthorized leaves.

Consumer life is also militarized. Higher ranking people decide what products are mandatory, and if you're told you must have a car or a red sweater, you must buy that red sweater. Cars tend to be of same or similar color, houses tend to be uniform and ranked by size and location. You will go into debt to live in posh districts, because that will bump you up a few ranks. You will go into debt to buy luxury cars, because that will bump you up a few ranks.


This article was meant to be something about capitalism and socialism, but in the end, I ended up noticing that there were three different types of societies, and that socialism and capitalism are really a reflection of the societies you live in; Free societies tend to adopt capitalism, militarized societies tend to adopt Communism while tribal societies tend to be socialist. Even when militarized societies claim to be capitalist like Japan and South Korea, every serious pundit will have observed that Japanese and Korean societies have strong elements of Communism in them, although they do tolerate a few free market liberties.

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