The SNAFU Principle is a sociological notion popular among Discordians. In its simplest form, it states that Communication is only possible between equals. In a hierarchy, people inevitably distort the truth when dealing with their superiors, in order to curry favor or escape punishment. As a consequence, said superiors operate from an increasingly distorted view of the world, resulting in bad decisions.
SNAFU itself is a military acronym for "Situation Normal, All Fucked Up". This is sometimes sanitized for innocent civilians as "situation normal, all fouled up", lest they get censored by the FCC (if they make the mistake of using the term in the United States).
 Typical examples of the SNAFU Principle in action
- George W. Bush's administration, where loyalty was prized far above competence, with disastrous results.
- Conservapedia, where telling the truth on a broad range of topics leads to swift and merciless punishment.