WIP from wikipedia binging

All of my rules are in the form of assertions, they may include predicates, but they do offer conclusions to the correct action and conduct of myself. In laying them out, I seek to allow you to judge my integrity or hypocrisy. I’m not hiding some “higher law”, I intend to explain them here. I don’t say “x is true”, simply “x”, asserting.

Note that just because “x cannot be both x and not x” is not a reason to avoid going in to discussions of the contrary (you know, doublespeak). for example, force as the removal of choice, power as control over force, censorship as forced secrecy, transparency as forced honesty.

Sometimes, aphorisms (concise principles) are useful, such as Hippocrates - Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult. Lord Acton - Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely


  1. “good” derives from sticking to rules (through discipline, rigor, etc)
  2. freedom is the absolute ability to do something (actuation of a variable)
  3. liberty is a more general ability for lots of people to have some freedoms
  4. choice is the juding of merits of multiple options and the selection of one or more of them.
  5. free will is the ability to choose between courses of action unimpeded
  6. real freedom is having the resources to exercise free will
  7. honesty is a facet of moral character encompasing truthful, trustworthy, straightforward, faithful, and sincere conduct. too much honesty is undisciplined.
  8. fair - just, equitable, adequate, reasonable, decent.
  9. reputation paradox - the reputation economy creates an incentive to be more open, not less. Since you can’t escape commentary, be a part of it - Clive Thompson / Wired. Creating more positive than negative is better than trying to hide the negative, attempts to hide it will simply be ignored. “more transparency should make for a more tolerant society in which people eventually accept that everybody sometimes does bad or embarrassing things.” - Mark Zuckerberg
  10. Transparency - transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed, it is the perception of intentionally sharing information. It implies openness, communication, and accountability. a thing cannot be transparent of a condition “X” if it cannot determine both the state of being X and the state of not being X. Transparency is a condition for being able to replace one state of affairs with another, for example, a transparent understanding of an underlying infrastructure allows you to truly replace it, 1:1, with a different state, “Y”.
  11. Shannon’s Maxim - “one ought to design systems under the assumption that the enemy will immediately gain full familiarity with them”
  12. loyalty is the quality of having devotion and faithfulness to a person or concept. Complications arise in interpretations of patriotism, whistleblowing, bidirectional loyalty, misplaced loyalty, or higher laws.
  13. sincerity is the virtue of one who communicates and acts in accordance with their feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and desires.
  14. integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principals or moral uprightness. It is a personal choice to hold onself to consistent moral and ethical standards. Integrity stands in opposition to hypocrisy. Integrity is the honesty and consistency of character. Integrity is acting in accordance with the values, beliefs, and principals you claim to hold.
  15. good faith is a sincere intention to be fair, open, and honest, regardless of the outcome of the interaction. (AGF - wikipedia)
  16. lies are statements used intentionally for the purpose of deception. lying is a perversion of the communication of ideas, assumed to be honest. when one lies, one undermines trust in society. In his 2008 book How to Make Good Decisions and Be Right All the Time, Iain King suggested a credible rule on lying was possible, and defined it as: “Deceive only if you can change behaviour in a way worth more than the trust you would lose, were the deception discovered (whether the deception actually is exposed or not).” In Human, All Too Human, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche suggested that those who refrain from lying may do so only because of the difficulty involved in maintaining the lie. This is consistent with his general philosophy that divides (or ranks) people according to strength and ability; thus, some people tell the truth only out of weakness.
  17. trust - One party (trustor) is willing to rely on the actions of another party (trustee); the situation is directed to the future. In addition, the trustor (voluntarily or forcedly) abandons control over the actions performed by the trustee. As a consequence, the trustor is uncertain about the outcome of the other’s actions; they can only develop and evaluate expectations. The uncertainty involves the risk of failure or harm to the trustor if the trustee will not behave as desired. Vladimir Ilych Lenin expressed this idea with the sentence “Trust is good, control is better”
  18. thought is a goal oriented flow of ideas an associations that leads to reality-oriented conclusion. It is how we sense, intepret, represent, model, and act. It is helpful to an organism with needs, objectives, and desires as it makes plans or attempts to accomplish those goals.