Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks
Most of you won’t be interested in David Ronfeldt’s TIMN model because it’s pure abstract theory. What seems like eccentric theories can sometimes provide a framework for understanding real world events, though.
It seems to me that truth tellers have been suckered into putting all their capital into fragile (((networks))) from which they are now being banned–Stormfront, Daily Stormer, etc. Thus, Deep State tyranny advances.
The implications of this model, and I’m giving it short shrift given its richness, is that this crisis will show us the value of networked organizational forms. For example: innovation/tinkering networks, resilient communities, and cyberdemocracy efforts. The objective of a successful society should be to incorporate the value of networked forms into the existing TIM (tribal, institutional, and market) framework that already exists. Ronfeldt again:
Societies that can elevate the bright over the dark side of each form and achieve a new combination become more powerful and capable of complex tasks than societies that do not. Societies that first succeed at making a new combination gain advantages over competitors and attain a paramount influence over the nature of international conflict and cooperation.
This model is very useful for analysis of our current situation. However, there are a couple twists that may make its application problematic. Here’s a critique:
If the crisis is too severe, it can force society backwards into tribal or TI (tribal plus institutional) structures. Neo-feudalism and totalitarian states.
This model assumes that countries, defined as discrete bordered geographies, are the only container within which these organizational forms exist. It’s possible that the elevation of markets to a global level, beyond the nation-state or country container, has left nation-states vulnerable to predation. In that globalized system, market participants (who define themselves solely within context) prey on organizationally weak nation-states (T plus I).
Global markets are supercharging tribal, institutional (corporate), and networked organizational types. As a result, they are likely to prey upon nation-states too.
The Highlands Group is allegedly one of the hidden (((Deep State))) institutions pushing the world into a single world government tyranny. Take a look at this archived thread from 4chan. The Highlands Group is allegedly the group that is pushing the removal of all truth websites, responsible for banning the Daily Stormer, Stormfront, etc.
I got a lot out of watching Ronfeldt’s video, although I’m still processing the ideas he talks about. The subject is his TIMN model. 25 minutes.