Compendium: State, Totality, and Self

Throughout the SMP Compendium, there are six recurring terms that are intended to denote the specific sociological categories that exist within any nation adopting the Work-Standard. Those are the “Individual” or “Self,” the “Class” or “Estate,” the “People,” the “State,” the “Church,” and the “Totality.” The terms Individual and Class are interchangeable with “Self” and “Estate” respectively to point out how there is a continuity inherent among the Classes (i.e. the ‘working class’, ‘middle class’ and ‘upper class’) that are reminiscent of the old Estates System within Western countries prior to the Enlightenment. Therefore, whenever one encounters words like “Self” or “Estate” being employed in various Compendium entries, always remember that they are a shorthand for the Individual and Class respectively. The other terms are self-explanatory until one pursues a deconstruction of what the Totality is supposed to describe.  

Below are the descriptions for all six sociological categories under the Work-Standard:

The Totality is an umbrella term to denote all Churches, States, Peoples, Classes and Individuals within the Socialist nation in the SMP Compendium. Its usage is broad and generalist insofar as it refers to everyone who lives and is part of the whole nation-state. Everyone considered as part of that nation-state, no matter who or what they are, where they are located, and why they exist within certain social structures, is a member of the Totality. When we need to describe specific adherents of a religion, a government, an ethnicity, a social rank, or a person, Totality can no longer be applicable. The only exception accepted by the SMP Compendium is within various entries pertaining to the Totality’s socio-political-economic relations with the Individual and the State in various legal, political, international, financial, historical and philosophical contexts.

The Church refers to the adherents of a religion, including its denominations and sects. The SMP Compendium reserves this term for contexts where it is referring to the ecclesiastical authorities and clergy who act as the leaders of their religion. We avoid this term when we need to go into specifics and describe the clerics of a particular religion and their congregations or when we need to distinguish between different denominations and sects within the same religion. Not everyone within a nation is going to be practicing the same faith or adhering to the same interpretation.

The State refers to the central government and the various state and local governments subordinate to it. The SMP Compendium reserves the term itself when it is referring to the central government and the authorities who govern it. We avoid this term when we need to go into specifics and describe the government of a given region or the various metropolitan and municipal governments that operate under its jurisdiction. Not everyone lives within the same geographical location.

The People, like the two preceding terms, is also a broad term. While it generally refers to the ethnicity which defines the majority of the general population, it can also refer to foreigners, ethnic minorities, and others who also reside as nationals of the nation. We avoid this term when we need to differentiate between specific groups of people. Not everyone who is a national is going to always live in their nation just as not everyone considers themselves as citizens of their nation.

The Class or the Estate denotes a specific rank within the hierarchical structure of the nation. The SMP Compendium employs this term on the basis that everyone is not organized based on blood or wealth, but solely by rank and achievement. Anyone can be nobility or a billionaire in a Socialist nation under the Work-Standard, but they have no authority over their superior, who can always be a member of the working class. That is not to say the reverse cannot happen; in any case, both possibilities need to be taken into consideration and the achievements and actions of those persons are to be evaluated by the Totality.

And lastly, the Individual or the Self can refer to anyone who lives as a citizen of the nation or a foreigner allowed to work, study, and live within the nation. The SMP Compendium employs this term in a broad sense to describe what is to be expected of anyone residing in the nation. When we need to go into specifics, we refer to the person by name, distinguishing them from the Totality.

The importance of these terms is essential for understanding how the concepts of Arbeit and Geld impact the national economy of the Socialist nation-state under the Work-Standard. Be familiar with the details behind each term as they will become extensively employed within various Compendium entries pertaining to the Work-Standard’s equations and accounting practices.    



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