If it isn’t a conspiracy, it ought to be

It’s a two-fer — Suddenly disarmament and Internet censorship can be trolled out as “public safety” measures by kind-hearted rulers who care.

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After perusing the limited facts available so far regarding the three terror attacks in the United States in the past week or so, my first thought was, “If I were the man behind the curtains plotting the downfall of the United States, and wanted to hamstring any ability to resist me, this swarm of terror attacks would definitely be part of my plan.”
From what I have read, we had a Islamic/foreign-extremist in California, a white supremacist-extremist in El Paso, and an Antifa/left-extremist in Ohio, who all went off within a couple of days of each other.

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The obvious, maybe too obvious, target (if it were a conspiracy) would be to disarm the American people. People without arms are a lot less troublesome to unpopular governments than vice versa.

Let’s face it, no matter who wins the 2020 election, the winning government is not going to be very popular with about one-half of the population of these Dis-united States.

Throw in a national and world economy that appears to be on its last, debt-exhausted legs, mix in the culturally charged politics of the past decades or two, along with the ongoing push for a Socialist messiah, and you have a pretty fair recipe for some civil discord that could turn into a lot of folks with axes to grind looking for whoever they think might be in charge of creating the dumpster fire that is their country.

If I was that guy, I would want all those people as poorly armed as possible.

But any three shooters with any one extremist ideology would do if I were just trying to set the stage for a national push to disarm the peasants.

On the other hand, if you are an evil dude with aspirations to be the Overlord of the World, what is even more dangerous to your ambition than a bunch of Bible clinging morons with guns?

Ideas.

Weapons without ideas are useless. Ideas are the real danger.

The idea of America was born long before those first patriots stood on Lexington Green on April 19, 1775.

Those brave men transformed an idea into action, but the idea came first.

If you study the American Revolution, you find that Sam Adams plowed and tilled the field of rebellious ideas, and sewed the seeds of individual liberty and equality before the law, for all of 20 years prior to 1775.

Ideas.

It was Sam’s ideas that defeated the British Empire. Guns not backed with ideas are just silly pieces of iron and wood.

Hence, every tyrant and would-be tyrant strives to control the flow of ideas.

All governors know, deep down in their two-sizes-too-small hearts, that if any sizeable portion of those they govern simply starts ignoring them, much less revolts, their rule is over.

What if everyone suddenly just didn’t pay their taxes? No one.

The truth of the matter is that the people are perfectly capable of throwing off the  yoke of a tyrannical government at any moment — if they act with any small bit of coordination.

So, the idea that this should happen, or could happen, or the ability to communicate that it is going to happen tomorrow, must be suppressed if you plan to be an evil dictator for any length of time.

To suppress ideas you have to censor. You have to curtail free speech.

The best way to do that is subtly. People get all worked up if you create a Czar of Censorship and have him start arresting tin-foil-hat-wearing newspaper publishers and such for publishing Bad Think.

Better to own the newspaper yourself, or at least the guy writing it. That used to be pretty easy to do. Printing newspapers and broadcasting radio and television is an expensive thing to do, and that limits the number of outlets — limited outlets means you can probably control at least the big ones without too much trouble.

But the Internet — the Internet is as big a problem for would-be-tyrants today as Gutenberg’s moveable-type press was for kings of old.

For the record, Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable-type press, which revolutionized printing, making books somewhat affordable for the first time ever. That press was the spark that became the Enlightenment and all that followed, including our own America.

But, since the birth of the Internet, controlling the flow of information has been a brand new nightmare — actually nearly impossible for the establishments.

All of a sudden, the idea of the “gate keeping” publisher died, and with it, the ability to control the flow of information.

All of a sudden every jack-leg in the world could communicate with almost all the rest of the world, instantaneously.

How do you control that?

That is problematic if you are a would-be dictator.

How do you institute a Czar of Internet Censorship without causing a revolution amongst the citizens who cut their teeth on the value of a “free press” and the importance of “free speech?”

You do it by convincing them that bad ideas must be suppressed, “For their safety.”

What better way than three coordinated attacks in a very short span of time, by three ideologically varied “extremists,” who used virtually the same tools to commit their crimes, and who all also shared their beliefs on the Internet.

First demand that “extremist” views must be banned, and when you get that, the world is your oyster, because you are the guy that gets to decide what is “extreme.”

Pretty soon, extreme means anybody that opposes you. Funny how that always works out.

It’s a two-fer — Suddenly disarmament and Internet censorship can be trolled out as “public safety” measures by kind-hearted rulers who care.

The New York Times published an editorial calling for such Internet censorship on Sunday, almost as if on cue.

There will be more to follow, you can be sure.

I know, I need to leave the tinfoil hat at home. But you have to admit, even though it certainly couldn’t be a conspiracy, it ought to be.

History is funny that way, sometimes.

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    Conspiracy theorists are teased about their “tin foil hats” etc. But, if you take a close look over the past 20-30 years, many (if not most) of their assertions have turned out to be as they predicted. — jtl, 419

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