Wittgenstein Protocol

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  1. The Wittgenstein Protocol is a lightweight convention for collaboration on blocks of text. Flancia (talk)
    1. Any block of text within any text can be marked as following the Wittgenstein protocol by its mention or use within some particular scoping.
  2. Each line in a body of text following the Wittgenstein protocol is an assertion in the style of the writings of wikipedia:Ludwig Wittgenstein. Flancia (talk)
  3. Each top level assertion shall be signed. Signature implies not ownership, but endorsement of the assertion. Flancia (talk)
    1. Each assertion may be signed.
      1. Note that in Wiki systems you can sign by writing three tildes: ~~~
    2. More than one user may sign any assertion.
  4. Assertions at the same level may contradict each other if they are marked as at odds explicitly in prose or by convention. Flancia (talk)
    1. Assertions cannot contradict their parent assertions.
  5. The Wittgenstein protocol can be used with an optional Garbage Collection rule. Assertions without signatures are removed after some length of time. Flancia (talk)
    1. This allows for unsupported claims (mistaken or deprecated) to expire and be phased out of the system. Flancia (talk)

Example (Wittsgenstein)

  1. All people are born equal. Flancia (talk)
    1. It is by sheer chance that we are born in a particular material condition/place in reality; that position in life is an expression of our privilege. Flancia (talk)
      1. Capitalism means that people do not in fact live equally privileged.
        1. Capitalism bases its moral standing on the fact that it pretends to be a Meritocracy. Flancia (talk)
        2. Capitalism is not, in fact, a Meritocracy, as one's effective material conditions are determined largely by birth regardless of capacity. Flancia (talk)
        3. Capitalism is thus, in its current widespread form, immoral.
          1. Capitalism can be made moral (can be upgraded) if we agree together on what morality is and what we could do concretely to uphold it.
  2. All people should receive equal opportunities to thrive based on their own merit. Flancia (talk)
    1. One way to improve equality is to have society run balancing algorithms: adjustments in the way our society assigns resources to people.
      1. The state fulfills this role in many societies.
        1. The fact that societies are not egalitarian shows that this approach is currently insufficient.
      2. A social algorithm that can run concurrently with the state is to have people with resources volunteer them, either directly or indirectly, to those less privileged.
        1. We can use the internet for this purpose. Flancia (talk)
      3. All people with privilege that consider themselves good should behave as morally obligated towards those less privileged. Flancia (talk)
        1. Behaving morally is to behave to the best of one's abilities given one's own material and mental conditions.
          1. One's abilities are complementary to others'. Thus collaboration between like-minded people is key to behaving optimally as a society. Flancia (talk).
            1. This is easier if we agree to meet in a virtual place called the Agora. Flancia (talk)