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It’s strange how access to information has accelerated the self-education of the general public to a point where I think it becomes a problem for the ruling class. Maybe that’s why they go crazy and try to make the public discourse so crazy. Let’s talk.
My uncle is an old school conspiracy theorist; he struggled to smash coal with a pickax looking for diamonds compared to how spoiled we are now. A smart man, former army ranger turned long-haul trucker. Autodidact, a self-taught type; the “anonymous profile”.
It was constantly gobbling up information in the pre-internet era. He’s basically my on-tap subject matter expert for anything trilateral commission or ’90s militia movement stuff; he’s my guy. But learning these things was so laborious back then.
Having to meet people in person and accept information from them, such as at gun shows, etc. To read books, you had to go buy or physically check out, because e-books didn’t exist and neither did the internet (or what there was, out there). wasn’t much anyway).
He filled the rest of the gap with talk radio and CB radio with other truckers. It’s fascinating how truckers are either dumb as bricks or wandering sages with astronomical IQs. It’s really the two ends of the bell curve, much like combat arms in the military.
The main point I wanted to make, and other 30s and 40s can attest to this, is that access to information is moving so fast and has become so easy that people are coming down the information slide at such speed vertiginous.
You used to be a normal, and at some point you were activated into some sort of political “tunnel” or “alternative” belief that was guarded but a bit off the beaten path. Maybe you went libertarian or even had a Marxist phase or something.
Eventually it stopped being enough, maybe you became more of a generally conservative type, then an RW type, then more of an esoteric type once you got into it well and deeply. But it was a process that took a decade or more.
I see zoomers from lolberts who bought Hawaiian shirts and rumbled about the “boog” two years ago and now read esoteric and political theory books. Four years ago they were pretty close to normie, and now they read material from Evola and Uncle Ted.
This also spills over into the real world in a very significant way. @MogTheUrbanite was talking earlier about how guys in his church openly talk about Klaus Schwab/WEF/Great Reset shit and demons, in the open, in a non-conspiratorial way.
Young people might not appreciate how important this is. I gained political awareness in an area where most people thought George Soros was a hedge fund manager and if you said the name “Rothschild” or “Soros” people called you an anti-Semitic paper crank aluminum.
For example, this live clip of Newt Gingrich literally gets shot in the middle of the interview for talking conspiratorially about Soros. It wasn’t that long ago, but enough people knew that by then.
Now, that’s just a domestic fact. This is something that is a major shift when observed on a decade timescale. It’s a fucking change from the status quo. The accessibility of information is, from the perspective of traditional custodians, completely beyond their control.
This is why the removal of conspiratorial nodes has, for the most part, capitulated. In terms of electronic warfare, the enemy has gone from jamming the specific frequency his enemy is using to jamming *all* frequencies with white noise. Just madness on all levels.
I think this is more easily observable on strings and more specifically /pol/. Reddit had moderation hotspots that they could easily control. Conde Nast leaders at the strategic level and subreddit moderators at the tactical level. They were easy.
But 4chan was another beast. There’s no ‘karma’ and there’s no ‘downvotes’ and with everyone posting anonymously you can’t just ban accounts that other people hold in high esteem and replace them with yours. It’s “pissing in an ocean of piss”, as they say.
What really made the site, and probably cost the powers that cost a pretty penny, was just constant info-ops, trolling, plank-slipping and dumb BBC talk. But making 4chan suck did what the anons always said it would do, which was to kick us out of our containment site.
The chans basically fell on the sword and lost their hermeticism that enabled deep autistic talks and operations, which was a great loss for sure, but in doing so the “anon tunnel of reality” broke the guards -body and went off the road, in each direction, integrating with the others.
It was as if there was a massive and dangerous cyst causing trouble for the host, so they burst it and posters of infectious frogs burst out in all directions. Covering the walls, windows, door, just a big mess they can’t clean or put back in the box.
Now we have zoomers accelerating the political theory that millennial anons kickstarted through an experiment that spanned nearly a decade. Kaczynski, 22, posts and jokes with his friends with niche jokes about long-dead philosophers and ancient rites. Beautiful.
I just want people who think resisting the diet is “going too slowly” to realize how much that has changed in the past 25 years thanks to the internet. Especially for zoomers who haven’t been around long enough to see it; it’s crazy.
In the mid-2000s, few people owned ARs or other semi-automatic rifles, very few people owned body armor or night vision, and almost no one practiced shooting as a hobby. casual. We were all arguing “Is the war in Iraq really necessary or another cynical oil game”?
This was the level of discourse at the time: “Is this new war necessary? Do Muslims really want to destroy us? How much money is this going to cost? and the arguments over the PATRIOT Act were like today’s thin blue line cult arguing with people who want you canceled now.
From now on, the whole country is openly questioning, on both sides, the legitimacy of the various appendages of the government. Left libs are now calling SCOTUS illegitimate, while most on the right are calling 2020 illegitimate and Congress is downright corrupt.
Even though the world has become much more clownish in general, the general public is about four times more informed today than it was then. It makes my head spin to really think about it. I see random IRL contacts popping up on my phone with “Welcome to Signal/Telegram!” 24/7.
My great-aunt reads The Epoch Times, my wife talks about demons, my 91-year-old great-grandmother thinks we’re going to Weimar, Germany, the 22-year-old who fixed an electrical problem on my stove told me casually talked about adrenochrome ffs.
There is so much awareness now compared to how there was almost none before. There is no more “fringe”, you can only cringe. The world is crazy and anything is possible.
It’s great because you can’t solve a problem that people don’t know exists.
There is no conquest of this ideological battle space for the regime. To conquer everything like they did in the days of television and radio is simply too expensive. Everything is divided into a million different ideological strongholds. At great expense, you can conquer a fief, but not all of them.
So they’re frantically throwing digital glitter in all directions, playing mole with high-engagement nodes that are or could be threats. The enemy now defends reactively, not proactively. It’s the Titanic and we are the iceberg.
Every time they take out bullets as a new psy-op, pattern recognition kicks in and fewer people fall for it; a lot of people recover and stop being fooled faster and fewer people fall in love with the next one.
They’re basically stuck in a sheared reactive OODA loop they don’t want to get out of, a death spiral of hubris and the crows go home to roost.
They screwed up so much ruining the channels, it’s like they exiled a bunch of green berets from the internet to all the neighboring countries to form proxy forces. So here we are.
If 9/11 happened today, how many Americans would question it and how many would involve our government from day one?
Repeat this to yourself two or three times; that’s how much has changed.
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