The human world, like physics, can be reduced to four fundamental forces: culture, politics, war and business. That is also roughly the order of decreasing strength, increasing legibility and partial subsumption of the four forces. Here is a visualization of my mental model:

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[ Source : Venkatesh Rao : Ribbon Farm, via Stowe Boyd ]

It is a great article – click through and take a read. Since Stowe Boyd provided a link to this article in his feed, I now have added Ribbon Farm to my RSS Feed. But – as I read it, it reminded me of something I read on Wikipedia a couple of years ago. So I went to do some digging. This is what I came up with.

Bottom line – back in the 50s Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar developed this theory – which was then expanded in the 70s by Ravi Batra and then again since the 90s … Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah – amongst others have taken a crack at building on the shoulders of giants.

This graphic is the key …

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… where I see 4 specific roles for people …

  • Warriors
  • Intellectuals
  • Acquisitors
  • Laborers

Is it just me – or do you also recognize a merging of very similar ideas. Coincidence?

  • Warriors map to War
  • Acquisitors map to Business
  • Intellectuals map to the Cultural / Political spectrum

oh – and the ‘laborer’ – translation the majority of humanity – well we are

  • the voters
  • the workers
  • the soldiers

Something gotta change … #VRM