It looks like truth-telling is fast becoming overrated. We’ve got so many whistleblowers, civil disrupters, “freedom fighters”, leakers, and general dissidents (never say terrorists) clogging social media that it’s a wonder anyone’s got any secrets worth protecting anymore.
We’ve got Ashley Madison hackers who ended up damaging relationships and opening the door to even more scams and blackmail, irritating podcasters who have made it their personal life goals to shake up the way journalism is done in Canada even though nobody asked them to, and black hats from Anonymous who think exposing John Baird’s alleged liaisons will destabilize the Harper government.
To be sure, these revelations have trended on Twitter for a few days and have been the topics of some great water-cooler conversations. One or two of these brave self-appointed vox populi might even land a book deal or be played by Benedict Cumberbatch in a feature film. Smashing the façade of capitalism, however, or getting the citizenry to turn out in the streets in Guy Fawkes masks is proving annoyingly difficult, which makes me wonder if these anarchists need to re-examine their strategic plans.
The problem is that these leftists hold as an article of faith that education is the key to the kind of social change that they fantasize about. They may be right to assume that an educated populace won’t just fall for any old thing the corporations tell them, but they didn’t anticipate that people would distrust the corporations and buy their stuff anyway.
Like any doomed campaign, they focus on the air war to the exclusion of the ground war, publicly shaming individuals online for a host of arbitrary reasons, blaming capitalism for conflicts that existed in one form or another before anyone knew what capitalism was, getting baffled by the continued presence of racism and hatred in the 21st century and mounting Twitter campaigns against people who begin racist sentences with, “I’m not racist but...”
If it seems like they’re grasping at straws, they are. Their ideology simply does not permit the existence of letting stuff be. They are not prepared to live in a world where oppression exists. That’s why for them, things need to be perfect, and things need to be perfect now, and they need to stay perfect forever, and why they are triggered when things are not perfect.
And so they run in all directions, trying to expose this and that agenda, constantly on the lookout for anything that confirms their paranoid worldview and doing things like killing a reporter and her cameraman because they interpreted some statement or behavior as a personal attack. Never do they accept that they might be to blame in some way for their bad situation- that’s victim blaming, and they will do their best to convince you that they are the innocent victims.
And this is why nobody, except those who themselves have an axe to grind, is moved by their sob stories and conspiracy theories. While Patrick Brazeau, to cite just one example, was a Senator and benefiting handsomely from that role, he did not see fit to call out any of the bad behavior he saw within the Harper government. The sleaze always seems to get tolerated up to a point, which coincidentally is the point where they screw up and get booted. Nobody believes they didn’t know Harper was a control freak before they signed up to work for him.
The people on the front lines of the revolution trying to save humanity need to save themselves first before they lecture. It’d certainly make them a lot more credible.
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