The Five Species of Syndicate and Their Dissent

I am an Infidel
I am a Blockade Runner
I am a Stakeholder
I am a Heretic
I am a Dissident
I may indeed agree with the goal of the syndicate. But as an ethical skeptic I may also be compelled to oppose the tactics used in attaining that goal. It is the journey and not the destination which flags corruption.

What is a syndicate? Who are these entities that regard the lavishness and control which can be garnered during a short 78 years of life, of such importance that abusing their fellow man is justified in its quest? The syndicate player is a pretender to the role of God. They a form of Royalty which seeks to exploit the control, class conflict, and stratification of their fellow citizens in order to improve their wealth, celebrity, and power. An irony exists as well in that many of the below players identify themselves as part of the dissent or heresy, contrasted under the reality that they are indeed the oppressor.

The two primary tactics of a syndicate are public lynchings, and striking fear into the populace about speaking up.

Remember, that a God play typically involves three parties. First a symbol of victim-hood, second the party who is targeted for harm/extinction, and third, the virtuous party (God-proxy) who harms the second in order to ‘help’ the cause of the first. Such is a common ploy of the syndicate. So what is a syndicate and what are the most common forms thereof? Of course one can find a differing set of definitions in a graduate-level Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) textbook; however, during my decades of work – I have found that these are the definitions which provide a best Wittgenstein fit in terms of ethical skepticism.


/philosophy : misrepresentation : coercion : organization/ : an organization or group which is crafted to enforce a common interest in terms of agency, coercion, terror, or purging of any form of dissent. Any of five species of human oppression in the name of some higher cause (science, religion, economics, justice, equality, God, virtue, club, self, etc.) A group attempting to act in the role of a God-entity.

The various species of syndicate along with their dissenting entity include:

Cabal – unofficial organizations which control access to the realm of authorized ideas.

   Purpose:  Social Coercion/Intimidation
   Examples:  Antifa/Social Skepticism/Science Communicators/Nihilism
   Opposition:  Infidel

Cartel/Trust (Clayton or Sherman) – controls access to a market vertical or horizontal, sets its pricing and rules, and qualifies which transactions are permitted.

   Purpose:  Economic or Social Exclusion/Domination
   Example: US Grain ABCD’s/OPEC/Technology Social Media/NewsMedia Syndicates
   Opposition:  Free Trader/Pirate

Mafia – controls a product, its distribution channels, and/or the region in which such product is allowed to be sold.

   Purpose:  Economic Oppression/Domination
   Example:  Educational or Non-Elected Government Official Unions/National Football League/AFL-CIO
   Opposition:  Stakeholder

Cathedral – official organizations which administer religious doctrines, the necessity of thought, instruction and cultivation of ignorance toward opposing ideas.

   Purpose:  Social and Religious Doctrine/Enforcement
   Example:  American University System/Big ‘A’ Atheism/Science Based Medicine/Catholic Church
   Opposition:  Heretic

Party – a group which seeks domination of a government and its Overton Window of acceptable policy, through social purging in the forms of violence, propaganda, intimidation, and fraud in governance.

   Purpose:  Social Purge/Oppression/Genocide
   Example:  The Party (formerly ‘Democrats’)/Progressives/Global Socialists/Marxism
   Opposition:  Dissident

One of the purposes of ethical skepticism is to hone an ability to spot a syndicate and its agency when at play. It is not that neutrality itself is actually a form of dissent; however, in the presence of a syndicate it must be exercised as such, as the ethical skeptic is often not given the choice. I might for instance agree with what a mafia does, but still oppose the mafia itself. I might agree with the conclusions of an organization of fake skeptics, but still oppose their methods of pretend science and social coercion. I support addressing the needs of the disadvantaged, but that does not mean that I need put you in power to enact such things.

I may indeed agree with the goal of the syndicate, but as an ethical skeptic I may also be compelled to oppose the tactics employed in arriving at that goal. It is the journey and not the destination which flags corruption.

The purge and coercion tactics in and of themselves force the neutral voice to defacto become one in opposition. Such is the fruit of a syndicate; you are either with us, or against us.

The Ethical Skeptic, “The Five Species of Syndicate and Their Dissent”; The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 17 Feb 2021; Web,

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Another fruit of the syndicate could be, the end justifies the means.


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I’m not convinced that a Party actually seeks control over the Overton Window, but rather seeks to exploit whatever a Cabal and Cathedral come up with in order to seize as much power as possible. Their main influence on it would be to cherry pick and enhance whatever 1) is now within the Overton window and 2) is useful for justifying power seizures/grabs. In other words I’m not sure they come up with anything new on their own, but if they find someone else at another syndicate coming up with something useful for gaining (or just wielding) power then they… Read more »

Shawn Pitcher

Thanks for posting TES. I am having a difficulty trying to classify what the American Medical Association or the CDC is. These groups appear to me to span multiple classes.

Jason Powers

I wrote this about 2 1/2 years ago….and your piece is much better, but did trigger the remembrance of a similar structure, but without the insightful definitions you always bring.

Juan Nunez

The link does not work. Do you still have the article ?

Ed Powell

It does seem that there may be overlap between these categories. A cabal may control access to the realm of a particular idea, then influence a cartel to restrict books about that idea, the banning of this idea may become part of the official religious doctrine of the state (cathedral) or the political parties. It is sometimes difficult to figure out the cause and effect of these sorts of banned ideas among these groups. There is also a hierarchy of banned ideas. One can question certain ideas to a certain extent without having the full force of the syndicates coming… Read more »