This Anonymous Manifesto

I’d wondered when something of this sort would happen without actually believing it ever would.

Someone keeping better track of current events than I do will probably see this as a yawn. . old news.  But when someone sent me an email after talking to me on the phone about it yesterday you could have knocked me over with a feather.  After pondering it a while this entire grassroots Occupy [fill in the blank] thing strikes me as rhyming a lot with what happened during the early 1990s when the Eastern Block, the USSR, and Iran all fell to pieces in less time than it takes to tell it.

Rich, a close friend, sent me a link to a site, We Are the 99 Percent, which if there’s any substance to it, might be the beginnings of something unpredictable enough to keep it interesting for a while.  I suppose I didn’t think there was enough of that left in the world to even consider.  My initial reaction was a bit of a ho-hum.  These seem to be peaceful folk demonstrating peacefully, which, while gratifying to see going on isn’t likely to undo anything. 

But then, in walks someone, or some group called ‘Anonymous’ and joins hands with the Occupy folk. 

PC Magazine Article

Here’s the transcript of the latest Occupy Wall Street video from Anonymous:

Greetings, institutions of the media.

We are Anonymous.

The events transpiring within Wall Street have caught our eye.

It seems that the government and federal agencies enjoy enforcing the law a little bit too much. They instate unjust laws as mindless automatons, blindly following orders with soulless precision.

We witness the government enforcing the laws that punish the 99 percent while allowing the 1 percent to escape justice, unharmed, for their crimes against the people.

We have observed this same government failing to enforce even the minimal legal restraints of Wall Street’s abuses. This government who has willingly ignored the greed at Wall Street has even bailed out the perpetrators that have caused our crisis.

We will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life.

We the people shall stand against the government’s inaction.

We the people will not be witnesses to your corruption and ill-gotten profits.

We will not labor for your leisure.

We will not assist you in any way.

This is why we choose to declare our war against the New York Stock Exchange. We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit.

We will show the world that we are true to our word. On Oct. 10, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On Oct. 10, expect a day that will never, ever be forgotten.

Vox Populi, Vox Anon.

The Voice of The People is The Voice of Anonymous.

We are Legion. We are the 99 percent.

We do not forgive. We do not forget.

Wall Street: Expect us.,2817,2394071,00.asp#fbid=_qbOvyUs5hm

That seems to shine an entirely different light on things.  I don’t know whether anyone’s actually able to jiggle remote computers in a way that allows them to shut down something like Wall Street Stock Exchange, especially after giving warning ahead of time they plan to do it.  But I think making the threat is bound to have every capability in the kingdom concentrated on keeping them from doing it, first, and hauling their butts off to the slammer as soon as they can slap a pair of handcuffs on them.

Gutsy stuff, or a level of confidence surprising from the perspective of a person who figures the powers-that-be can do anything they want to do with impunity.  If they manage to do it the resulting power-shift leverage would inevitably seem to make a sharp turn in favor of the people calling themselves the 99 percent.  But do or don’t, it pulls things out of the realm of peaceful demonstration and gives the powers the excuse they might have been wishing for to drag out the machine guns against the 99 percenters.

The people posting on the 99 percent site appear to be just regular people with a lot of justified bitterness about how things are going and a determination for legitimate change.  But thinking back on the history of revolutions, the signs and banners walking out in front of the parade have always been followed back in the baggage train with enough guillotines to separate a lot of fact from fiction after the dark underbelly of human nature is exposed.

What comes out the other end tends to look a lot different than anyone thought it would going in.  If this isn’t just a flash in the pan it sounds as though the people in the collateral damages zones might be in for some interesting times.  But, hell.  I guess we’re all in the collateral damages zones.

Revolution – The Beatles

21 responses to “This Anonymous Manifesto

  1. Well, something needs to give sooner or later. If they were serious, why would they give the date they plan to hack away the Exchange. They sound very young in the letter and perhaps they only want to let the controversy begin that can facilitate change. Or, let the revolution begin.

    However, the time is not ripe for revolution at all. Perhaps in another year if the Republicans succeed in destroying everything, the general populace will start thinking along these lines, but most people still have it too good.

    • Morning Rubye Jack. Thanks for the visit and observations. My abilities as a prognosticator were put to the most severe test back Y2K prime time, so me, I dunno nuthun about nuthun. What you say makes plenty of sense. Gracias, Jules

  2. Very nice post. If Anonymous can back up their claims we’re in for some VERY interesting times indeed, and I use the word interesting here with great apprehension and an as yet neutral evaluation.

    Don’t mean to nitpick these people. I fully support them, but they’re not 99%. They might be the majority, maybe a very large minority, but parroting this phrase give’s them a false sense of their own power. When push comes to shove, and if things get ugly, they’ll be a lot more than 1% of the population opposing them.

    We certainly do live in interesting times, and while I support wholeheartedly the Occupy movement (as I’ve written on my blog), I am quite wary, as with all great changes, to the possible and unknown after effects.

    And great song at the end. Gotta love the Beatles.

  3. greatlakessocialist: I can’t disagree with you on anything you’ve said. I’d only observe that the ability of human beings to predict ‘ripeness’ of timing for revolutions isn’t all that good. If it were the French monarchy might still be in place, along the Czars of Russia. For that matter, a lot of the eastern block nations of a couple of decades ago, Iran, even China would have a different look than they do.

    Probably wariness is appropriate, no matter what happens. At least for the piece of humanity inclined to wariness.

    As for hard times, until a person goes a few days freezing in the rain the denominator between what’s hard and what isn’t tends to be vague, thinks I. Thanks for the visit. Gracias, Jules

    • Your welcome and likewise. I wouldn’t have given the revolutions in Libya much of a chance for success at a first glance, amd as I referenced on my own blog, If I was a contemporary of May ’68, and even looking back with ill-informed hindsight, I might have predicted the downfall of capitalism in France and the rise of anarcho-syndicalism. Quite an interesting development.

      And hardship is quite subjective. We complain of tough times in society now, but for much of the Third World the average Westerner’s lifestyle, and perhaps even that of the Western welfare recipient’s is hopelessly unobtainable.

  4. I’m glad I don’t own any stock. If this happens on the 10th, insanity will follow.

    • trawlingforgators: Hi and thanks for the visit. I don’t own any but if I did I’d probably do whatever’s the best means of losing it, which I’ve a talent for. Insanity seems to precede it, so unless something changes it seems likely insanity will follow no matter what happens. Gracias, Jules

  5. 1% of the world’s population controls and owns 95% of the wealth, the 99% refers to the other 99% who divvy up the remaining 5% of the world’s pie…..this is what the 99% refers to, has nothing to do with the popularity of any factions…..Anonymous has been active Internationally for several years, could be a CIA/Mossad destabilization Op, an alien (ET) Op, a brilliant group of global hacktivists, a Koch brothers funded false flag op, a Chinese deal or the second coming of Jesus finishing something he started in the Old Temple of Jerusalem with the Pharisees’ money changers. which is all moot, who knows and what does it matter? I would stock up on warm clothes and good boots, some first aid supplies, a couple of months worth of canned food, dried foods and bottled water if I were a wise individual smart enough to consider the probability that all those electrons flowing out of my wall sockets may die quick and unceremonious deaths in the near future. A small military type solar electrical generating unit may be desirable too. food prices and availability will be brutal, stock up now and save some money even if the NYSE does not get disappeared on 10/10 either way it’s to your advantage……if all this removes the ability of me having to ever overhear Rush Limbaugh on the radio again, I’ll consider it a benefit to Humanity ….not that Humanity deserves it. Have a nice day y’alls ….Peace, Light & Love

    • Hi amigo. I spang ran out of my stocking up adventures when I ate the last of my Y2K stock-up supplies around 2007. I figure I can get by with a way to boil water, a way to keep the rain off, a way to stay warm and ways to grow and catch things to eat. I can do all that without buying up supplies I’d need to live until 2027 to consume. The cats might be displeased, but I reckons they can adapt if they have to. As for the rest, I dunno. I never heard of Anonymous. But I’d smile if I found out he was Rush Limbaugh. Can’t imagine him being anonymous, but if he were there’s plenty of smiling I’d get from that. Thanks for the post. Gracias, Jules

  6. knowing the importance of symbolism to movements I just ooked up the possible significance of October 10 in history and found this interesting event….…..

  7.………interesting…..also on October 10, 1939 Britain refused Hitler’s peace overture…….I’m thinking maybe Anonymous might be serious here.

    • Heck Rich. He could be serious and fail, he could be serious and succeed. He could be not serious and do both, as the youngsters hacking and sending out virus online have proved. However, Atlas Shugged publishing date being October 10 it’s not easy to imagine anything important ever happening on that date. It would be contrary to history. Gracias, Jules

  8. for some reason the links don’t work well….Wiki is your friend however

  9. Now we read that notice regarding an attack on NYSE may be a hoax — — you just never know.

  10. never a dull moment bro, I’m glad we both learned how to camp out, walk long distances and eat snakes during our misspent youth, may serve me better than learning how to jump out of perfectly good airplanes or program a VCR someday….I seem to remember Atlas Shrugged being part of a Tennessee barbeque I was at last December. we live in very interesting times Jules, we are very blessed to do so. Bring on the clowns……..

  11. Having a mutual fund, I worry that Anon’s shenanigans are going to cost me more than they ever have before. On the other hand, it is good to see that it is being taken seriously as a threat to the functionality of an institutions internet presence. It is a good and bad thing that the internet has grown to this point, where a group of kids can buck the system without leaving home.

    I like it. Just hope it doesn’t cost me the little savings I have.

    • MK Kid: Thanks for coming by for a visit and comment. I gather from your phrasing Anon’s shenanigans must have cost you something sometime in the past. I suppose with that in your body of experience you would be concerned. Rich, who posted earlier comments, lost about two-thirds of his retirement held in 401K accounts to Wall Street shenanigans, and his perspectives are probably as prone to be concerned in that direction. Getting screwed by Wall Street folk, or getting screwed by someone or some group calling itself Anonymous probably is bound to leave a residue, though the experience of getting screwed likely has similarities, no matter who did the screwing. Gracias, Jules

  12. Jules,
    I have been wondering about this myself of late. You are not alone, brother.

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