Monday, July 11, 2011

anonymous and its plan

Calling themselves “Anonymous,” a group of activists and hactivists have a plan to challenge and change the status quo. Their website promises “One year. Three phases. A world of change.”

I absolutely agree that our world could use some change, and in my youth, I would have been more excited by, and more committed to, such a movement. These days, I know too many people who depend upon our system, to be whole-heartedly in favor of demolishing it. In their introductory video, Anonymous asserts that their plans are non-violent. They may mean that, but bringing down a system of government (and probably most multi-national corporations) will undoubtedly lead to confusion and disruption which will then lead to violence. I have not read all their materials yet; they have not rolled out the second two phases of their plan. Their first phase is to encourage people, all over the world, to educate themselves. That goal I totally support; it is why I mention it here.

The powerful tend to gain more power; the rest of us tend to suffer more. However, we have more power than they want us to think we do (Check out Rabbi Michael Lerner’s “Surplus Powerlessness“). Anonymous and their plan may help us to regain and use our power, or they may become another mighty entity that thrives on those who are less poweful – such as those who lack internet access. Perhaps by joining Anonymous, we can help shape “The Plan.” I do not know yet, but I do hope we all educate ourselves, about our governments, about our corporations (who are *not* persons), and about Anonymous as well.

(full post, with links, at So May We Be)


At 3:57 PM, Anonymous JMP said...

Sounds like a group of hackers disrupting society. Maybe their heart is in the right place on some issues, but not their heads. I'm not registering on their forum to find out what they are saying, but a web search pulls up info. Here's the Wikipedia entry on Anonymous.

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous JMP said...

Found their blog. They are "fighters for internet freedom."

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous JMP said...


At 7:15 AM, Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Is this the same Anonymous that protests against Scientology?

If so. . .

Who is to say that they won't have a go at Unitarian*Universalism?


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