All the Conspiracy Theorists Are Crazy Criminals!
About three months ago, Shannon Ashley wrote, In My Mother Thinks Bill Gates is Trying to Kill us All, this:
The whispers (or shouts) of Bill Gates conspiracy theories go on and on. Honestly, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to wake up to constant accusations of depopulation scheme (in this case, code for genocide)
I flippantly responded:
And you’re not Bill Gates. I’m sure he could care less. Having a gazillion dollars to play around with, doing things up to and including implementing his personal plans for world domination, doesn’t exactly make him a sympathetic character.
I don’t do conspiracy theories, but I don’t care for simply writing them off either. Conspiracy theorists are critical thinkers, and I do not appreciate the demonization or crazy stigma that gets thrown onto them all the time. Conspiracy theorists does not = crazy.
I hastily jotted down this silly response, honestly without giving it much thought. Why do I even remember this?
Because, I was swiftly and viciously attacked, numerous times about it! Ping, ping, ping! Oh it was a day. That was my phone sending me constant notifications about other Medium members insisting that conspiracy theorists are quite crazy.
It was just weird. Why so much energy behind this silly, flippant comment? As I was being attacked, (for not outright dismissing conspiracy theorists), I wrote What is a Conspiracy Theorists? I wanted to defend my position of valuing a good conspiracy theory or two.
Ping! I got a Medium notification today alerting me to this:
Conspiracy theorists are not critical thinkers. The hallmark of a conspiracy theory is that it is generally baseless, relying on lies and misinformation or a total misreading of the facts. People who fall for conspiracy theories are invariably terrible at critically evaluating their sources and impervious to reason. I speak from personal experience of friends who have fallen for them. Believing in conspiracy theories is an indicator of gullibility and ignorance, not intelligence.
A Broken Reality
Reality is just getting weirder and weirder, by the day. It had been months since I’d opined anything about conspiracy theorists. Why the continued attacks?
Just yesterday, I had a virtual run in with a virtual Q-mob, that was quite frankly, bizarre. A critical mass inflection point has been reached with Qanon and its #Save the Children virtual campaign.
Want to find an online space free from Qanon theories? Good luck with that. Qanon has heavily infiltrated the virtual mainstream thought systems, and I believe this is hastening the breakdown of our current 3D reality. What will it be replaced with? Oh it’s not looking good. There are certainly some Orwellian timelines ahead, if we don’t collapse them.
Reality only exists because we (we being humans with a certain level of consciousness) all agree to co-create it together. Here is the thing though, we are no longer doing that.
Whereas consciousness used to be programmed by a fairly consistent 3D narrative from a few fairly stable analog sources (Newspapers, books, television, actual human observation), information technology changed all of that. Information (via the internet, social media, and smart phones) has fractured reality into into a million different streams. As a result our collective consciousness has been broken into a million little pieces. It’s making reality…well quite weird!
Reality is now being crafted by billions of narratives, many of which are bizarre, manipulative and persistent. It really is getting very difficult to tell where reality ends, and a certain wildly fantastical conspiracy theory begins.
In his article, How Conspiracy Theorists Hijacked the Crusade to End Human Trafficking, Joe Forrest explains just why and how the Qanon movement is tampering with the current consensual reality.
Qanon’s #Save the Children campaign is an incredibly noble endeavor in theory. But, Qanon’s efforts to save the children are becoming increasingly alarming as Q cult members have a tendency to delve into Salem witch trial territory. The Q community have some pretty odd beliefs about Trump being a savior to the victims of human trafficking and/or satanic rituals, that are being performed by certain high profile politicians and or celebrities. This is a belief that is held deeply by Q cult members; and certain online personalities can work them up into something that borders on mass hysteria.
Let’s get tree-falling-in-the-forest philosophical. If enough people (say 60 million) believe in the Qanon #SavetheChildren conspiracy theories, will they actually become a reality? Well...this actually seems to be what is happening. There are enough people online, sharing various images, stories and narratives around#SavetheChildren, such that in certain echo chambers these stories are actually, quite real.
This leads me to wonder what is actually being done to save the children? Since there is so much energy surrounding the topic of human trafficking, I would hope that something is actually happening in our current reality to address this.
But…this is all occurring in a 3D, lack, scarcity, fear-based reality. Can Qanon make a difference in this reality? Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that millions of women and children globally are trapped within. There are a handful of organizations dedicated to ending it. But, these are small nonprofit organizations battling the ills of multi-billion dollar industries. These organization are drastically underfunded and under resourced. It’s not a David and Goliath endeavor. It’s more like a micro-ant on the bottom of David’s shoe and Goliath endeavor; and this could seem like an impossible challenge for anyone to take on, even the highly motivated keyboard warriors of the Q-cult community.
Perhaps this is why Qanon followers springboard into a refreshing pool of fantasy, that goes like this:
President Trump is going to put on his arch angel Micheal wings, and fly into the underground tunnels at Denver Airport, where he (nightly) rescues all of the enslaved and imprisoned children from Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and Joe Biden, as well as the Bushes and also Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga, Ellen and Oprah…also maybe Rosie O’Donald because she just seems the type, especially since she hates President Trump, so much! (And this is proof that Rosie is a spawn of satan. Although it is really quiet kept, just in case you didn’t you know, President Trump is the arch angel Micheal in disguise! It is so incredibly exciting!)
What if, and here’s an interesting thought, through sheer force of will the Q cult, made the next sentence true:
President Trump is going to save the children!
I mean for the love of God! I would like to believe this. Who wouldn’t? But the reality is that ironically, Trump Administration has aggravated the child human trafficking crisis, by separating children from their parents at the border, and placing them in cages. And this was done, willfully and purposefully to deter immigrants from attempting to illegally cross the border. It is a policy, imperfect as nearly all political policies are, but this one is especially grounded in a particular brand of cruelty. But the Qanoners will have none of this. If you were to point these inconvenient facts out to them, they’d have a response along these lines:
Not the ones at the border because, they are brown and therefore not real. Those aren’t kids cages at the border, just robots. They are robots (complete with AI) that the deep state sent to the border to make President Trump look bad. And, the same thing is true about Antifa, and marxist Black Lives Matter activists, who also aren’t real. These seeming people are actually George Soros funded robots. Q and Trump have sent out many coded tweets and Q drops on this! It is so obvious! Everyone knows! And those who don’t? Trump derangement syndrome. We can only pray for them, but they may have to be exterminated if they can’t get with the program.
Some of this stuff I actually hear from Q-anoners. Other is just crazy stuff I made up (kind of). It doesn’t matter though, all of it can be verified via the Q communication methodology of Q drops. Let me explain how that works.
Q, (an anonymous individual whom no one knows, or can identify, and yet has been credited with amazing, almost Godlike abilities and perceptions) has created a communication methodology whereby any kind of digital communication from Trump or Q, can be decoded into, well, just about anything that anyone can assert.
That crazy, bizarre stuff that I just made up? If I were to ask a Qanon member to validate that message from one or several Trump tweets (covfefe!) or Q any of the multitude of Q drops, they would easily be able to do so. It’s like a sort of puzzle that can keep Q members occupied for hours, decoding messages, from cryptic “drops” and Trump tweets.
WWG1WGA! — The Storm — Bread crumbs!
All the above terms are deeply meaningful to those in the Q-community. Qanon has created a communication system whereby any extraordinarily bizarre set of facts can be easily validated. This has lead to the validation of the utter ridiculous fantasy described above. The idea that Trump is a hidden, underappreciated, misunderstood and beleaguered messiah figure has extraordinary validity inside of Qanon, as well as light worker circles.
These circles used to be quite fringe, but they are ever expanding into the mainframe of a collective American consciousness, which then bleeds into the collective reality. I suspect the Qanon movement is going to be a huge feature of this impending election season.
Is QAnon a Propaganda Construct?
In QAnon Is A Fake, Decoy Imitation Of A Healthy Revolutionary Impulse, Caitlin Johnstone explains that the Qanon movement is:
an obvious propaganda construct designed to manufacture support for the status quo among people who otherwise would not support it. It presents itself as an exciting movement where the little guy is finally rising up and throwing off the chains of the tyrannical forces which have been exploiting and oppressing us, yet in reality all it’s doing is telling a discontented sector of the population to relax and “trust the plan” and put all their faith in the leader of the US government.
A lot of what gets communicated in Qanon channels sounds crazy…and that’s unfortunate, because all that is communicated in the Q movement isn’t crazy. It’s true that all over the world, people, especially children, are deeply oppressed, and we do need to rise up against this! We do need to save our children! We do need to save our institutions, our economies, our communities, our planet, from rampant corruption. And we do need to specifically focus on children. Children are the future. I’m totally with Q on this.
But so much of this groups message about children is caught up in the bizarre, religious and fanantical, that most of it gets lost in translation to anyone on outside of their shared collective reality.
That may not matter much longer. There is so much Q chatter and energy, Q has expanded to so many people, even if you don’t understand your message, you will have to deal with it. Q has gone mainstream. How is this going to impact the larger collective reality?
If Qanon is in fact a propaganda construct, designed to trick Trump supporters into supporting the status quo (which for better or worse, at this point is the Trump administration), then it also has the added bonus of deligitimazing all the conspiracy theorists, and that’s a shame because, like I said before, they’re not all crazy…but uh, these ones, the Qanoners do seem to be.
All the Conspiracy Theorists Are Crazy Criminals!
If a group of crazy wildly nutty conspiracy theorists go mainstream, then of course all conspiracy theorists are more likely to be labeled crazy. What happens next? Well, exactly what I have been speaking out against, all the conspiracy theorists will be labeled crazy.
This label stigmatizes and silences the conspiracy theorists along with the theory. But what if that fails to work in limiting the spread of conspiracy theories? (Trust this will have no impact on the Q-cult.) And so, then the next step is to make discussion of such theories illegal.
I heard a rumor, (from a conspiracy theorist of course), that it is illegal to question the generally accepted narrative around 911. Well… that seems odd given that there is an entire docuseries entitled Loose Change, (free and up on Youtube) that does just that. Watch it if it interests you.
In the past decade, we have seen every conceivable conspiracy theory explored in great detail, all over You Tube. And this was fine, because outside of a weird, strange, deeply stigmatized fringe, no one really paid any attention to conspiracy theorists or their theories. Who would even have the time? Besides, everyone knows conspiracy theorists are absolutely nuts. Crazy, as a multitude of commenters clearly have informed me.
Or are they?
With the advent of the internet, not only are there incredibly well documented conspiracy theories of all kinds circulating, there is this thing happening that has a tendency to make any given conspiracy theory quite powerful. What is that?
Massive belief in them. A huge magnitude of people who believe so deeply in the proposed theory, the theory absolutely cannot be ignored. Perception becomes reality.
This all leads right back to Q. The Q community will not be silenced, and certainly there are parts of their message that need to be heard, pedephilia and human trafficking are highly destructive activities that do need to be ceased. But certainly there are dangers contained within the vast proliferation of Q conspiracy theories around children, the elite, and pedaphelia, which centers Trump as a divinely appointed and annoited savior. For a really large group of people, this is the truth.
What is this doing to reality?
Only recently has critical mass adoption of various conspiracy theories threatened critical mass comprehension of reality. But, with so much insanity in our world anyway, we are at that tipping point. Qanon has amassed so much force and energy behind its conspiracy theories, it has become a threat to the reality itself. Q has amassed so much populace power, that it just might actually change things, (probably in bizarre and unexpected ways) in this fractured and crumbling 3D reality.
Will President Trump actually save the children? Millions of people believe that he will. This is causing fractures in certain political realities; and this is not being taken lightly.
In response to this (along with other varied conspiracy theories), communications in the virtual sphere are experiencing unprecedented censorship.We are being told, ever so politely, by Facebook, Twitter, and yes even here on Medium, which thoughts are unapproved. Unapproved thoughts are being swiftly and effortlessly removed by Artificially Intelligent thought police.
What thoughts are on the unapproved list? Well, thoughts related to Bill Gates are tricky. As well as any thoughts that are critical of traditional advice being provided about the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t go there, (just don’t) with 5G, the problems with masks, concerns about vaccines, or the breakdown of our various systems (educational, financial, healthcare). Most definitely, avoid all references to a mysterious third-party force that is thought to control all of the worlds centralized banks, and war-making abilities and technologies (which often lends itself to a discussion of aliens.) This force goes by many names, but the most common among them is the Illumnati. David Icke referred to this force strictly and devoutly as the reptilians, but when he began connecting this to COVID 19 conspiracy theories, David Icke was permanently banned from YouTube.
Is George Orwell’s 1984 becoming our new reality? Are we on the edge of the censorship of theories, which are simply a collection of thoughts?
It doesn’t seem that we have gone quite that far, yet. But I have my own conspiracy theory about my discussion of conspiracy theories. My months old comment on Shannon’s article, about conspiracy theories is still getting attacked, because the tolerance of any discussion of any conspiracy theory of any kind, is at a new low. Today, it’s a real or bot attack of your comment, or a week suspension of Twitter. Tomorrow, though, will the consequences be different? More severe? What should the penalty be for further destabilization of an already imperiled 3D reality?
If we promise to go back to the belief that all the conspiracy theorists are crazy, can we go back to saying whatever we like about strange, unexplained phenomena in the reality? Can we also end the AI policing of our thoughts and get back a little bit of freedom?
Sadly…I don’t think that genie is going back in the bottle, ever. We once had that kind of reality, and we broke it.
But maybe it never truly worked in the first place. I’m sure that’s the answer that’s coming, depending on whom you ask, and when.
Welcome to the brave new world, where you can enjoy your slavery, because it’s freedom.