Most people are likely to pass through life in relative obscurity. As individuals we are a face in the crowd, a speck in the cosmos, infinitely anonymous.
It's unlikely our names or deeds will be known beyond those closest to us. We anonymous masses of humanity celebrate the same joys, mourn the same losses, we share our dependence on planet Earth to sustain us, as it does all forms of life.
Our needs are as universal as our struggle for survival is perpetual. For all of Nature's creatures, battling powerful forces comes with the territory and strikes equally among us.
It only takes a personal tragedy or local disaster to remember what a small voice we each have and that help can only come from those who hear us.
Who can hear any one of us; how loud must we be collectively, if our common pleas have all the impact of falling on deaf ears?
There's not much confusion among the people of Planet Earth, what we need for life, yearn for with liberty, dream of in the pursuit happiness.
Yet no matter how loud or unified we are in pursuit of mutually beneficial objectives, the chorus of voices advocating for basic rights have been efficiently superseded by a cadre of deep pocket, desk Jockeys leveraging the impenetrable cover and power of pseudonyms.
Why is it that the people of the world agree on so many of our collective priorities, yet our "Representative" governments are perpetually mired in conflict? How is overwhelming consensus of basic needs contorted into policies of neglect, exploitation and self destruction?
No one wants cancer and everyone wants clean water, yet we find a map at Scorecard showing 72 million pounds of known cancer causing chemicals poured onto Americans yearly!
That's not even counting most widely used chemicals that lack the basic testing to determine the level of risk they pose.
Not tested? How can it be that not a single person wants cancer but profits are protected over human lives? Are these Public Servants so emboldened, by the immunity from accountability implied with a seat in the Members Dining Room, they imagine all their actions are free of consequences?
We are taught to accept that the world is a complicated place and none of us can't expect to understand everything. For some things we must put our trust in experts with knowledge far beyond our own and assume that prominence is a reflection of intellectual merit.
Occasionally it's true, but often enough clouding truth and seeding doubt is an effective strategy for advancing universally objectionable agendas. Disguising the true aims behind multiple identities can be an effective tool for tyranny.
Awareness of political front groups and astroturf campaigns has been helped measurably by Wisconsin's Public Employees struggle with the pay to play games of the Billionaire Koch Brothers. How did the fate of Wisconsin's public services become a showdown with a couple of oil heirs, made richer by dumping epic amounts of toxic waste in Southern Red States?
The deeper answer to that and wonderful play by play reporting of The CheeseHead Rebellion made possible by viner American Idle.
Koch's Americans for Prosperity is not very different from countless astroturf campaigns and PR scams in use since Big Tobacco met the ultimate challenge of crisis management when Readers Digest published Cancer by the Carton in 1965.
How can selling cigarettes possibly stay profitable when faced with clinical evidence of cancer from smoking? Remember, no one wants cancer. How do you get to people to keep paying for something with a risk no one wants?
Half century of crisis management has spawned a thriving industry entwined in promoting any toxic product or agenda someone is willing to pay for. The Supreme Court gift of Citizens United, undisclosed funding in politics makes buying influence boundless and effortless.
The business of banking private profits while socializing the costs, is a rigged game of public opinion. The spoils go to the one who crafts the best messages and it works across platforms for everything from anti-depressants to war.
This is why the Internet has become the battleground for protecting the free flow of information. Truth destroys the effectiveness of propaganda. As information is connected to sources and the benefit of claims are exposed to public scrutiny reason threatens blind faith the empires of the Name Gamers are built upon.
Our individual ability to access information and communicate freely is hitting at the very core of the hypocracy between real and professed Freedom. The Internet has made enormous strides toward true democracy, networking the like minded and curious the worldwide web has opened doors of possibility, far beyond the wildest dreams inspired by volumes in the greatest libraries of the past.
Connectivity and access has advanced learning by a factor that probably exceeds the introduction of the printing press and in the process it has destroyed barriers to access that are inherently institutionalized in a pre-Digital World Order. The virtual world changed the rules.
The challenge never was in identifying the doers of deady and deceptive deeds, the insurmountable obstacle has been in sharing the acquired knowledge.
Even closer to home and more familiar to me is the manifestation of deception purpetrated by multiple personality corporate personhoods with respect to the global food supply and our right to choose what to swallow or know who profits by our purchases.
There are many dangers of censorship that run a spectrum of effects as numerous and potentially fatal as there are diagnosis of cancers. The impact is function of form and degree, but in all cases none is far more desirable than any.
It is a very tangled web to maintain a lie and keep ahead of the truth leaking out. An easier and more effective way to reestablish the orderly management of public opinion. one that's worked for generations, is to control the flow and exchange at the source.
Why battle to win support for a public policy or program if there's a way to declare it essential to National Security and have the tools to make sure nothing but official information is available? It's a chilling thought to imagine how material heavily restricted as Business Confidential could set the tone for what should be available to the public.
Early in the domestic spying campaign of George Bush's WHIG operation, Monsanto's George Poste was appointed to head Homeland Security's Bioterrorism unit. DHS training exercises done through the USDA extension service were alerting farmers to report as possible terrorist threats any individuals opposing genetically engineered crops or hinting that they don't drink milk.
The backlash from the blogosphere must have made an impression though, Poste's current CV lists the experience as DoD consultation. Whatever title is attached to Poste we have a "substantially equivalent" danger. If critics of Monsanto are a threat to America how are we evaluating what constitutes a Patriot or an ally of We the People?
Corporate Congress & media eliminated debate about individuals' right to know what's in our food and more than a decade of silence about America's gmo diets speaks volumes for the values of both groups place on informing the public. The message is clear, it's shut up and swallow what you're given, don't make trouble with questions about things decided for you by the Beltway Powers.
If our grocery carts are full of State Secrets protecting the identity of the peddlers, is there any censorship that can't be justified?
How much easier would it be to implement a "Security Plan" if the first 10,000 Google results omitted information a special interest wants to censor? Why have public accountability and global public consensus when there are time honored tools to divide and conquer?
Secrets protect their keepers and those who need to hide their own actions and abuses are joined together in lobbying for censorship of content and traffic controls for the Internet. Their target is the right to freely exchange information, The wired world has democratized communication and multitudes are connecting in unpredictable ways, worst of all the silent majority is emerging as a force to unsettle those who've grown comfortable with the idea of wielding their power.
WikiLeaks has added fuel to the fire by defying arbitrary censorship guidelines and exposing Security claims reaching far enough to to serve as protection from embarrassment. Most threatening of all is the unifying effect WikiLeaks has had on a world of people fed up with corrupt despots and fueled by an insatiable hunger for truly democratic reforms to reach around the planet.
From every corner of Earth, connected by ideals and IRC servers the threat is a new paradigm where anonymous is not powerless. That's not to suggest that many of us possess the powers of hactivists guarding WikiLeaks and schooling hubris filled egoists in humility, but we each add something essential in uniting behind the concepts of protecting fundamental rights and expanding access to information.
For all self important Public Servants imagining that, mandating to the governed is a perquisite of the job, for the heavy handed aggressors demonstrating a core belief that might will make right and the force at your command is a measure of your power, get off your bureaucratic high horses and prepare for a game changer where the least likely challenger to the status quo is any or all of the Anonymous among us.
Free information exchange heralds the end of an era for the Name Gamers who expend fortunes to wrap themselves in masterfully crafted propaganda, employing time honored strategies of multiplying the power of one voice to change perception of truth by hiding it.
But for all the techniques employed to cloud accountability and distort reality, all the industry Boards & Foundations, Super Pacs & subsidiaries, NGO's, Associations, even claims of National Security, no lies can withstand the scrutiny of public disclosure. Game on.
Whatever your passion or political views you need be acutely aware that Internet freedom is an accident of technology and for the few of deep pockets who hide behind names with ecomaginary faces of diversity see it as a priority to correct the accidental openness.
Get informed, get involved, use the power of the one voice you have to multiply awareness of the precarious opportunity before us. By some measure we will always be anonymous in trying to speak truth to power, but by refusing to be a silent majority we may ultimately change the course of human history to benefit the 99% in anonymous agreement and see freedom cover individuals, information and all native species of life forms. Embrace a new paradigm where anonymous isn't voiceless and Bradley Manning isn't faceless or forgotten by the 99% of us written off as expendable to the cause of protecting the Life, Liberty and Operational Profits of the 1% protecting their own secrets.