Glossary

  

Welcome to the Glossary. On this page, we will specify and define terms in the revolutionary humanist lexicon, in order to get a clearer picture of the ideology. Before we go any further, however, it is important to explain why this is important.


When one examines any ideology that wishes to reach a position in the intellectual and cultural mainstream, or retain an existing position, one notices a trend in the definition and redefinition of key terms depending on those who are being spoken to. For example, an Egyptian Islamist activist, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, when addressing a secular Western audience, would define the word “freedom” in a far more benign and innocuous manner than he would when speaking to an audience of fellow Islamists. This is because words tend to have different meanings in different contexts. For example:

  1. The word “freedom” means
    1. in a classical liberal context, the freedom to act, speak and think as one pleases, as long as one is not causing harm to others, and
    2. in an Islamist context, the freedom to practice Sharia, or freedom from secular and non-Islamic law
  2. The word “secularism” means
    1. In a classical liberal context, the removal of religious influence from public life, such as government, politics and the legal system, and
    2. In a Hindutva context, the preferential treatment of religious minorities in the Indian subcontinent (i.e. non-Hindus) at the expense of the religious majority (i.e. the Hindus)

These examples serve to illustrate that ideologies tend to redefine words for specific ideological purposes. It is important to make this clear, because in our explanations of revolutionary humanist theory and doctrine, when we use specific terms and phrases, we may not be using said terms in the conventional context. 


That concludes the explanation of the necessity of an ideological glossary. Now, let us move onto the definitions.

A

Anarchism

A principle that advocates the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion. 



Anti-Anarchism

An opposition to anarchism. 


The Eleventh Principle of Revolutionary Humanism.



Anti-Communism

An opposition to communism.


The Sixth Principle of Revolutionary Humanism.



Anti-Humanist

A descriptive term for that possessing an ideological opposition to revolutionary humanism. This definition comprises of all ideologies that are totalitarian, communist, fascist, theocratic, neoliberal, or nationalist, and of individuals who hold them. This is NOT a descriptive term for anybody who engages in intellectual or moral criticism of revolutionary humanist doctrine.



Anti-Imperialism

An opposition of imperialism.


The Fifth Principle of Revolutionary Humanism.



Anti-Neoliberalism

An opposition to neoliberalism.


The Twelfth Principle of Revolutionary Humanism.



Anti-Pacifism

An opposition to pacifism.


The Eighth Principle of Revolutionary Humanism.



Anti-Patriotism

An opposition to patriotism.


The Tenth Principle of Revolutionary Humanism.  



Anti-Totalitarianism

An opposition to totalitarianism.


The Fifth Principle of Revolutionary Humanism.

C

Classical Liberalism

A philosophy that developed in Europe in the 1700s as a result of theocratic and aristocratic oppression of the masses. Its core tenets are freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of markets, and limited government.


The First Principle of revolutionary humanism.


A Core Principle of revolutionary humanism.



Communism

Communism refers to a form of government in which the State exercises iron-fisted control over all means – public and private – of economic production, the forcible suppression of the practice of religion, and the collectivization and collective punishment of entire communities on the basis of socio-economic status.


Core Principle

An inviolable principle of revolutionary humanism. 

D

Decentralized Militarism

A policy of shifting the balance of power with regard to military force between the state and the citizenry. 

E

Enlightenment

See First Enlightenment.

F

First Blood

A policy of never being the first to initiate physical violence, in the interest of  maintaining the moral high ground.



First Enlightenment

The 18th Century intellectual and philosophical movement that advocated reason, individual liberty, constitutional government, secularism, religious freedom, and scientific skepticism, in an effort to move away from theocratic rule of the Roman Catholic Church, and in some cases, in opposition to the absolute monarchies of the empires of Europe.



Freedom

A state of being in which one is free to express oneself and act in any way that one chooses, constrained only by rational consideration of likely physical or psychological harm to others.

H

Humanism

A democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It is focused on maximizing of human happiness and minimizing of human suffering, irrespective of the sex, age, race, socio-economic status, religion, or nationality of any given human being.


The Third Principle of revolutionary humanism.


A Core Principle of revolutionary humanism.



Humanist Democracy

The optimal democracy envisaged by revolutionary humanism, which comprises of meritocratic adult franchise, the intellectual vanguard and the humanist vanguard.



Humanist Vanguard

An elite group of individuals who are experts in revolutionary humanist ideology and theory, who are to be placed in supervisory positions in the executive, the bureaucracy, and the legislature, to ensure that the different branches of government are run along the lines of the Core Principles.

I

Ideological Wing

One of the three operational wings of the IRHM.


The main operational wing of the IRHM.


The wing of the IRHM that conducts the majority of IRHM activities, especially propagation of revolutionary humanism.



Imperialism

A policy of extending one country's rule over other countries, in the form of military, political and/or financial aggression.  



Intellectual Vanguard

An electoral commission that screens prospective electoral candidates, and weeds out those whose rhetoric or policy prescriptions violate any of the Core Principles.



Intellectual Vanguardism

A principle that calls for the protection of democracy from the capricious masses, who can easily be swayed by a populist.



International Revolutionary Humanist Movement

The movement that will propagate the ideology of revolutionary humanism. 

M

Meritocratic Adult Franchise

A concept where adults are eligible to vote, only after completing study of the history of democracy, the different forms of democracy and their advantages and disadvantages, with special emphasis on liberal democracy and its importance in a free society.

N

Nationalism

A socio-political philosophy that is focused on the creation and/or maintenance of a national identity based on ethnicity, political persuasion, or birth or residence in a common geographical area, to the exclusion of, and often at the expense of, other national identities.



Neoliberalism

A philosophy that advocates for transferring economic control from government i.e. the public sector, to the private sector, aggressive privatization and deregulation of industry, and laissez-faire capitalism free from government oversight.

P

Pacifism

A dogmatic opposition to war and violence, under any circumstances, including self-defense. 



Patriotism

An emotional attachment to, and perceived superiority of, the ethnic, cultural, religious, political, social and/or historical aspects of the country of an individual’s birth or residence. 



Permanent Revolution [Humanist]

A state of vigilance that is to be reached once the revolution has been consolidated around the world i.e. IRHM-approved politicians constitute democratically elected governments around the world. 



Permanent Revolution [Trotskyist]

The state or condition of a country's continuing revolutionary progress being dependent on a continuing process of revolution in other countries. 



Political Wing

One of the three operational wings of the IRHM.

The wing that focuses on the accrual and consolidation of political power.

R

Rationalism

A principle by which reason is considered to be the ideal basis for beliefs and opinions about the nature of reality, rather than supernatural, non-scientific, and/or irrational explanations.   



Regime

A descriptive of a specific government, independent of position on the political spectrum (liberal-conservative), social spectrum (libertarian-authoritarian) and the economic spectrum (communist-neoliberal).



Revolutionary Humanism

The ideology that is propagated by the International Revolutionary Humanist Movement.

S

Second Enlightenment

A proposed global reignition of the values of the First Enlightenment such as reason, individual liberty, constitutional government, secularism, religious freedom, and scientific skepticism, with the goal of moving towards the eradication of religion, and the institution of the World Federation of States, and the ideological unification of all peoples.



Secularism

A state of active non-imposition of an individual's religious or nonreligious views on any other individual. 


The Second Principle of revolutionary humanism.


A Core Principle of revolutionary humanism.



Sixteen Principles

The foundational principles of revolutionary humanism.



Social Democracy

A socio-economic system that advocates socialist interventions in a capitalist economy, with the aim of promoting social justice and the sustenance of the poor and the infirm i.e. the most vulnerable members of society. 



Social Democracy [Humanist]

An economic and political system which advocates free-market capitalism with an expansive welfare state. 



Structural Wing

One of the three operational wings of the IRHM.


The wing that focuses on training bureaucrats who will execute IRHM policy with maximum efficiency, once the political wing takes power and forms the government in a given region.


T

Totalitarianism

A policy of unlimited state authority, regulation and control over the public and private life of the individual.

U

Ubermenschen [Humanist]

A concept in revolutionary humanist theory, of an intellectually evolved humanity that has transcended, or strives to transcend, tribalism and intuitionism, and is constantly in a state of emotional and psychological struggle, between who and what he is, and who and what he wants to be.



Ubermenschen [Nietzsche]

A higher state of mankind, one between which and the ape, present-day humans i.e. homo sapiens, are a transitional state.


An intellectually evolved humanity, which is capable of balancing both good and evil, and living moral lives without falling into “moral anarchy” which can be rephrased, in present-day terms, as moral relativism.

W

World Federation of States

A proposed global federation of present-day nation states, to be governed by a world administration. 


World Revolution [Humanist]

A worldwide overthrow of anti-humanist regimes and their replacement with humanist regimes.


World Revolution [Marxist]

A worldwide overthrow of capitalism in all countries through the conscious revolutionary action of the organized working class, and its replacement of communism.

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