QAnon

QAnon is still around, as a thing if not as a persona.

The mysterious Q’s last post was one year ago today, but the discussion forum Q inspired remains active. A safe way to view it on the clear web (as opposed to the dark web, where the original now resides) is here:

Now that all the fuss is over, a few thoughts may be in order.

First, the most noteworthy thing about QAnon always was the over-the-top, almost hallucinogenic, reaction against it. Whatever QAnon was in reality, it was never what its critics said it was. Heck, QAnon was never what some of its supporters said it was, either.

Critics and naysayers, for example, described QAnon as a vast conspiracy theory, but the basic outline was simply the John Birch Society’s old Illuminati scheme. Fleshed out with tons of random material and amateur speculation the conspiracy theory may have seemed vast, but in truth it was remarkably limited.

Supporters and promoters for their part described QAnon as a Great Awakening, and they were probably correct in the sense that few participants knew the JBS story before getting involved with QAnon. Many of those participants today are now familiar with the JBS conspiracy theory basics, although they probably don’t know the origins. Some awakening!

Second, if QAnon accomplished anything useful, it may have been to familiarize millions of people with the concept and technology of psychological operations as practiced by the military/industrial complex. The information was readily available and had been for decades, but no one was looking at it, talking about it, or connecting any of it to current events. The CIA’s MKULTRA and Mockingbird programs are prime examples of such known-but-rarely-discussed topics that QAnon invigorated.

Finally, it may seem obvious in retrospect that QAnon was an instance of mass hysteria, but even so it was and remains largely benign. QAnon always contained its own anti-cultic elements. Thus, the originator (leader) has never been identified; QAnon groups that formed all tended to disintegrate; the promise of secrets to be revealed was never fulfilled.

8 thoughts on “QAnon

  1. I know a slew of right/conservative people, and not a one is a member of Q, knows what it is, or knows anyone that knows anything about it. So conspiratoral that even right wing folks haven’t a clue, gotta love it.

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  2. Qanon is fascinating.

    While they may not be correct in the particulars (JFK junior being alive and returning to reign with Trump), you can forgive some people for resorting to grand conspiratorial thinking. The aforementioned MK ULTRA, Mockingbird, etc. The fact that nearly all mass shooters and domestic terrorists had contact with intelligence agencies is certainly…interesting.

    A global child trafficking ring may not have been headquartered beneath a DC pizzeria, but Bohemian Grove certainly exists, and then there’s all the Epstein stuff.

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  3. Both Mockingbird and ULTRA were exposed by media first. Seymour Hersh, New York Times on ULTRA and Ramparts Magazine on Mockingbird. Both investigations led to Congressional hearings that exposed the programs.

    (For those who want to trash media, mostly conservatives and Trump followers it seems, they might want to keep that in mind.)

    It was the height of a nasty Cold War. A war that cost trillions worldwide, whole nations in turmoil, Vietnam, Afghanistan, missile crises and assorted coups by really bad dictators who since they were not communist, they were the “good guys”.

    Plus, since media was slower and less accessible compared to unlimited information, good and bad, today. And we trusted the government. After all, we were the world’s superhero after WW2.

    Today we can go anywhere digitally but we don’t even trust the family down the street never mind local, state or federal governments. Conspiracies were the fringe guys in the post war era. Today, the core of the second largest political party is dripping in conspiracies.

    Media access is so easy, and cheap, that a broad spectrum of commentary and reporting is at the fingertips of everyone.

    Yet, we are still siloed. Afraid to venture outside a comfort zone and missing the good old days. Days, that in reality, weren’t that great, but our brains insist they were.

    IMHANEO

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