Written by Bill Crowell
It was at the Shelby Hamfest in 1982 that I found the first of the banned books that started changing my life forever. For the uninitiated, a "Hamfest" is a gathering of Amateur (Ham) Radio operators and consists of geeky guys buying and selling radios and related electronics spread out on every available surface, sharing "war stories", eating horrid fairground concession food and other related activities.
All sorts of peculiar and interesting people attend Hamfest’s and, in 1982, some men from the North Carolina Militia had a table where they were selling books, Army Field Manuals and assorted mimeographed and Xeroxed copies of documents. Though I was not inclined to join their group, I picked up materials describing "The New World Order" and other titles.
In 1967, the CIA created the term "Conspiracy Theories" as means to attack those who disputed the Warren Commission's official conclusion about the JFK Assassination. In 1982, if you mentioned "The New World Order" people thought you were nuts. We skip forward less than a decade and George H.W. Bush is referring to it in his speeches.
It is now widely known that the FED is a private bank, that Oswald was a patsy, that the elites want a Socialist World Government and many more things relegated to "conspiracy theories." How is it that YOU actually know this information? The short answer is because of the Internet.
Radio broadcasting was wide-spread by the 1920s and 30s, yet the technology was limited to the nascent media companies. RCA controlled most of the radio stations in the country and thus information was limited to what the system chose to tell us. Television came into the home in the late 1940s and was controlled by the major networks. The same is true today.
In the 1970s and 80s, the primary means of disseminating information was hardcopy. This required a writer to compose a document and then for others to copy it and convey it by hand or through the post office. This required an enormous amount of time, effort and expense. Indeed, when I was in college in this time period, I had to pay 5 cents per page for photocopying at the library.
The ability to videotape only matured in the 1990s. While lectures could be taped, they had to be manually reproduced at great expense and mailed. When the beginnings of the Internet began in earnest about 1995, the connections were dial-up modems exchanging text.
What you must realize is that the only true, peer-to-peer communication prior to the Internet was Amateur Radio or landline telephones. While I enjoy ham radio, it is hardly convenient for the purposes of other than casual conversation and exchanging text by Morse Code is fun when the messages are short, but a pain in the ass for large amounts of text.
That great patriot, Bill Cooper, fought the system by operating a shortwave broadcast station in the 1990s. His "Hour of The Time" broadcasts are legendary and available these days on YouTube. The primary means of packaging the broadcasts for later consumption was cassette tapes that were sent by mail.
The point of this history is how really, really hard it has been for everyday people to communicate quickly and efficiently and how recent it is in our history. In mere seconds, we can use Twitter to send a message out to thousands of people who will join us in discussion and debate. This has never happened before - ever.
For the first time in human history, people are exchanging the ideas on a mass scale and in real time. Within minutes of a "Green New Deal" being posted in the Internet, the twitterverse was on fire with those promoting it and those lampooning it.
Enter censorship. The elites have always applied censorship. In technologies prior to the Internet, censorship was straight-forward - prohibit the printing of ideas that subvert the official narrative. Banned authors, banned books - this is easy for a state to control. The efforts of the Militia guys selling books at the Hamfest are insignificant to the overwhelming control of the official narrative.
Those of us who are on the Right rightly complain about censorship by the tech giants. We regularly have our platforms removed, our communications deleted, our followers magically removed, yet the signal remains. We have achieved a critical mass of informed people engaging in debate and informing others. This critical mass has been used to advantage by QAnon by virtue of gathering enough people following his posts that killing the signal is impossible without taking down major portions of the Internet.
From the point of view of the elites, I'm certain that they're kicking themselves for ever allowing this technology to escape the control of the government and that, if given a chance, they'd take it away from us. They still might and this is a very real risk.
We all are standing at a precipice. Western civilization has never before been so divided. The elites and their minions have controlled the narrative. They have divided us based upon identity politics. Large factions hate the other factions over race, gender, religion and political affiliation. A new type of horrid civil war has already broken out into physical violence. This will not be a civil war in the classical sense. There will be no standing armies wearing uniforms and marching in formation. There will be no winners, only losers as this new war will be neighbor against neighbor.
How do we stop it? I'm not sure that we can, but if we stand a chance, the only way out is through reasoned debate and the exchange of ideas. For the time being, we have the Internet and the ability to communicate. With time being so very short, use it wisely for if we lose, there will be a thousand years of darkness.
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