Symbol Factory

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A Symbol Factory is an institutional Mechanism of Control that creates, revives, restores, and reproduces a Master Narrative (a.k.a. Creation Templates) support and enable the Accumulating Classes Regime of Accumulation. Symbol factories are one aspect of the the Regimes Mechanisms of Control, the other being Ideological Institutions.

The System

The System consists of Mechanisms of Accumulation, Mechanisms of Compliance, Mechanisms of Force, Mechanisms of Reproduction

Mechanisms of Control

Mechanisms of Control > Ideological Institution, Symbol Factory

Related Terms

Symbol Factory > Accumulating Class, Agent of Consciousness, Archetype Deck, Archetypes, Creation Template, Great Deception, Mainstream


Symbol factories are an essential component of The System, required for its smooth operation. Without the constant reproduction of new templates and their constituent Archetypes, the people would wake up and the guillotines would come out, just like they did during the French Revolution.

I discuss symbol factories in [1]

Ruyle provides some early and instructive theorization[2]

The Freemason's Lodge, where members created the Masonic Tarot Deck, is a symbol factor[3]

Further Reading

Lightning Path Workbook Fourcontains a discussion of archetypes and symbol factories.

The Four series of videos in this Youtube playlistprovide an overview of the Regime of Accumulation, Symbol Factories and Ideological Institutions

See "A Short Sociology of Archetypes" for a more advanced discussion of symbol factories.[4]

See also From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Art, Science, and Technology of Human Manipulation,”


  1. Sosteric, Mike. “From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Art, Science, and Technology of Human Manipulation,”
  2. Ruyle's article provides inspiration for this term, and the term Symbol Factory. See “Mode of Production and Mode of Exploitation: The Mechanical and the Dialectical.” Dialectical Anthropology 1, no. 1 (1975): 7–23.
  3. Sosteric, Mike. “A Sociology of Tarot.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 39, no. 3 (2014).
  4. Sosteric, Mike. “A Short Sociology of Archetypes,”