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On their own heads

In their perpetual endeavor to suppress dissent and resistance from those whose lives they dominate, the world’s elites have relied upon fast-emerging technologies to deceive, divide, spy on, intimidate and, if deemed desirable, to kill any potential adversary who threatens to aid the dispossessed against the greed-possessed. But as the revolutions in Tunis and Cairo have shown us, technology is double-edged: It can be used for as well as against the cause of freedom.

Effective weapon

Effective weapon: January 2011 marks the advent of the social-media-powered revolution.
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And when outraged masses choke the streets, all the weapons of the elites and their hirelings fall silent and unavailing, for they can be defeated by unyielding will and mere numbers: Not forever will anyone save a true pathocrat continue unwaveringly to defend the right of thieves to despoil his country or his fellow citizens, and true pathocrats are thankfully few.

Consider: two seemingly placid countries, two successful revolutions within a month’s time. And with what weapons were these revolutions fought? On the side of the ruling elites: every object that has been designed through a long and inhumane history to visit pain and destruction upon the human body or mind. On the side of the revolutionaries: numbers, will and communication.

Herein we find the template for all successful resistance, for if ubiquitous violence be essayed in it, it will be answered with violence by the elite’s hired guard. But the capacity of that guard savagely to slaughter the peaceful is not unlimited, and it varies inversely with the numbers peacefully mobilized. And today the entire internet has become a weapon of mass mobilization; in this fact lies the true explanation for all governmental initiatives directed at subduing it, controlling it and being prepared to shut it off.

And what happens when a government tries to shut off the internet? Perhaps this question should be directed to Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, who can now be found in exile in Sharm el-Sheikh.

In short: When the government shuts down the internet, we shut down the government.

Originally published as a remark on a tumblr.com image of unknown original provenance.

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