Wilsonian Quantifiers in Hashtag Politics
Consider the logic quantifiers “some but not all” and “none or all”. The former is the variability quantifier, the latter is the constancy quantifier: “some but not all things have property P” means that P is variable; “none or all things have property P” means that P is constant.
“Some but not all” and “none or all” are to the “some” and “all” quantifiers as “xor” and “iff” are to “or” and “and”. I call them “Wilsonian” quantifiers in honor of the speculative-fiction writer Robert Anton Wilson, who coined the word “sumbunall” as a philosophical corrective to ideological overgeneralization. I coined the word “nunnerol” as its counterpart.
Now note #BLM = “Black Lives Matter”. This hashtag denotes an aspiration, not a description. Its implicit protest message is that as things are, black lives do not matter.
A Wilsonian hashtag would be: #SBNALM = “Some but not all lives matter”. That is a cynical description of political reality. Its aspirational opposite: #NOALM = “None or all lives matter”.
Actually, I think that SBNALM is the overclass aspirational delusion, and NOALM is the gritty long-run reality.