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eCon 502 — Glossary

Control Axes

The degree of control centralization in a socionomic organism is represented by the fundamental eCon scales known as Economic Control Axes, or eCon Axes for short. The top level eCon Axis is therefore the eCon Axis, since it also applies to non-economic domains like political unions. For instance, democracy is a dCon phenomenon. So, the eCon Axis is also the universal Control Axis.


Control Axes are covered in eCon 102.


cCon is Centralized Control or CC. cCon pulls to the left these days: higher taxes, more regulation, less freedom. As a fundamental direction on the eCon Axis, it is explored widely in the eCon Canon.


dCon is Decentralized Control or DC. dCon pulls to the right these days: lower taxes, less regulation, more freedom. As a fundamental direction on the eCon Axis, it is explored widely in the eCon Canon.


eCon is short for Economic Control, a control theory that posits all economic policy decisions are economic control decisions. The likely results of such decisions and their resultant policies can be deciphered by understanding their proposed control mechanisms. Centralized control (cCon or CC) or decentralized control (dCon or DC), that is the question.

eCon Canon

The eCon Canon is the set of pages describing eCon theory and the natural laws of eCon. The eCon portal page links to the various pages in the eCon Canon.

eCon Factors

eCon Factors quantify how the per capita properties of socionomic electrons and nucleons vary under cCon and dCon.

eCon Factors are explained and utilized in eCon 300.

eCon Modeling

eCon Modeling seeks to estimate the collective intelligence, data considered and connected bandwidth of a polity focused on a specific policy area, e.g., the energy economy or healthcare.

eCon Modeling is introduced in eCon 300 and eCon 310.

Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence (CI) is the total IQ of a socionomic organism, whether a body politic, polity, company, or other group endeavor. Wikipedia has a full page on CI.

Effective Collective Intelligence

Effective Collective Intelligence (Effective CI or eCI) is the total CI that is available for exercise, i.e., the total CI that is unconstrained by centralized control (cCon).


GovNukes is a nickname for Governmental Nucleons, one of the three forms of socionomic nucleons.

GovNukes and the other two classes of Socionomic Nucleons are more fully introduced in eCon 300.


Socionomic is a concatenation of social-economic that is easier to say than socioeconomic. Socionomic policies drive the rules controlling the intersection of social and economic affairs, and are enforced through various control mechanisms.

Socionomic Electrons

Electrons include individuals and families. Though families include more than one individual, they are considered electrons because they operate in society as cohesive social units. Well, families ideally operate as cohesive social units, especially while raising children. Plus, healthy families are essential to healthy social organisms.  

In practice, electrons can generally be equated to households.

Socionomic electrons are more fully introduced in eCon 300.

Socionomic Nucleons

Nucleons are centralized power centers: governmental, business, and religious institutions, often of great power and run by people of elite intelligence. Axiomatically, centralized power centers are few in number, vastly fewer than electrons. 

Socionomic Nucleons are more fully introduced in eCon 300.

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