It is late December near the end of 2018 and the Qanon movement is in full swing. Loyal supporters of the mysterious Q (whoever he, she or they are) are convinced that the enigmatic and secret champion spearheading the resistance against the Deep State is embedded in President Trump’s council and has sprinkled a trail of breadcrumbs and puzzle pieces along the path to liberation so that those of us who are “awake” can use those rare morsels of shared intelligence to assemble the grand mosaic of our time and finally see “The Plan” come to fruition.
Did any of that make sense to you? If it did there’s no need to explain any of it. If your response was, “Wait…huh?” then most of the answers to who or what Q is can be found via a simple Google search. Unfortunately, this is a common modus operandi of the average Qanon:
On message boards, on social media and even as they sit across the table from you they’ll say, “Think for yourself. Research for yourself.” Often even when you’ve asked them no questions at all! For a movement that claims that the information Q shares must be spread far and wide it sure does involve a great deal of individuals who seem reticent of giving straight answers. Instead, you will likely be met with one-word responses with little or no context and an absence of any comprehensible explanation. It’s either that they enjoy sharing in the mystique that the Qanon movement evokes, or…they simply don’t know. One recent example was when a prominent “blue checkmark” on Twitter made a post warning everyone to “Archive Offline!” What does that mean? Archive what? And how? And more importantly, why? I said:
The responses I got include:
Oooooo…kaaaayyy??? Eventually someone actually offered a helpful graphic that explained the “how” of archiving offline but I never got an answer as to “what” or “why.” It was as if those responding relished in being purposefully obtuse with their answers. And when I pressed for more specificity I was met with equally vague replies such as:
“Future proves past.”
It’s as if by communicating cryptically they were getting a small taste of the power and control they must imagine Q has when offering equally truncated responses in messages left for Anons to unravel.
Generally those who are aware of Q fall into two camps. The first one is the general public who have read limited news articles about Q as a “debunked conspiracy theory” created by far right-wing conservatives in order to pander to the Republican fundamentalist base. The second camp paints Trump as a genius-level strategist fighting the Illumi…I’m sorry….the Deep State in a struggle to save America’s soul and secure its future. And while I believe the Deep State/Cabal/Illuminati-or-whatever-you-wanna-call-em are very real, I’m not quite sure that Donald Trump is the mastermind who is destined to take them down.
And, inevitably, by expressing that opinion on social media one exposes their self as an agent of the Deep State. Wait…huh? I express doubt that POTUS is God’s chosen warrior to defeat the devil-worshipping occult baby-eaters and now I’m one of them? For such a devout group of free-thinkers who so often espouse the virtues of “deciding for yourself” that seems like just a bit of a leap. I am thinking for myself! But of course the message they’re really sending is: Think for yourself. If you come to the same conclusion we have, welcome to the fold. But if you disparage any Anon, or Trump or Q-you are a tool of evil. Now, now! Calm down! Obviously, not every Anon or follower of Q believes this. I’m speaking about the far-right of the far-right; those who abide by the words of Q in an almost cult-like manner; extreme patriots and Bible thumping warriors of Jesus, America, and the downfall of the New World Order in a scenario that is playing out like a cross between Goonies, the Matrix and The DaVinci Code.
Here’s the thing: I do believe Q is in Trump’s cabinet. They have obviously coordinated a great deal of correspondence in a way that is meant to prove this. The problem is that with this proof (they are called “Q Proofs” by the way) comes the belief that whatever Q says is the unchallenged truth. Just because Q is someone close to Trump (some say Q is Trump!) doesn’t mean that the information they’re providing is reliable. In fact, guess what one of the tenets of this movement is? “Disinformation is necessary.” Ok, well, uhhhh…if that’s the case….couldn’t that mean it’s all disinformation? I’m not saying it is. But I’m saying it could be.
If you’re an objective person you’ll be able to agree that a secret plan to save America from the clutches of tyranny, reset the financial system and “give power back to the people” as criminals in the upper echelons of government are tried and sentenced in secret military tribunals before being locked away in Gitmo forever is just as bonkers as the idea that a highly connected member of Trump’s inner circle has, at his instruction, created a haven for our country’s anti-globalist, wall-erecting, justice-dispensing, gun-toting, liberal-despising “digital soldiers” made up of a combination of well-meaning good ol’ boys who want to #MAGA and some not-so-savoury anonymous Internet dwellers who only want to feel the fire of chaos alight on their faces. Because, at its core, that’s what this is: chaos. Not order. That’s not inherently a bad thing. Sometimes chaos is necessary so that order can ultimately flourish. But to pretend that all the chaos that’s happening in the world today (the riots in France, the stock market crashing, the government shutdown, increased earthquakes, etc) is all connected may not be a wise course to take. Before you condemn me for such heresy, I’m one of those people!
I think much of what is happening is connected. But the problem with being a conspiracy theorist is…well, here, just read my Tweet:
For many in the Qanon movement a boogeyman lurks around every corner. There is hidden meaning in everything (https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-25/did-trump-put-deep-state-notice-syrian-withdrawal).
Did Trump Put The Deep State On Notice With Syrian Withdrawal?
I mean, some of it is true, yes! But I’ve witnessed a slew of “digital soldiers” go to extreme lengths to connect every series of Presidential tweets to any Q Drop they could find. What’s a Q Drop, you ask? Here, check this out: https://qmap.pub/
Literally every confusing, cryptic bit of info Q has shared can be found here. One issue is that Q must be secretive. Q must be cryptic presumably so that at some later date these “drops” can’t be fingered as revealing state secrets or threatening national security. This is where the piecing together of the puzzle pieces comes into play. Q provides the clues and we piece it all together and share it in whatever way we can. Be careful though, because social media in particular is rife with pretenders who do not outright claim to be officially associated with Q, but they don’t make any effort to claim they’re not either.
It’s perfectly fine that these accounts retweet Qdrops and actively engages Anons, but I have posted several messages warning people that these account are not associated with the real Q. The reactions ranged from, “Wait…huh?” to “We know. No on thinks that.” As if to say, “We Anons are too smart to be fooled like that, (Twitter account in question) is one of us.” But when you also have people reacting with surprise (since they clearly believed these accounts represented the actual Q) then it becomes evident that some sort of disclaimer is needed so that people are not mislead. To date no such disclaimers have been put in place. I guess, as an “Anon,” you just know! In fact, so many accounts on Twitter have taken to posting Tweets in the same style as Q that it appears their intent is to make others believe they’re somehow related. Is this done to garner more followers? Or are they subconsciously channeling the clandestine benefactor sending them secret communiques related to taking down an all-powerful and elusive enemy? It’s like Anons are Gandalf and the Cabal is Sauron:
Come to think of it, the Eye of Sauron is eerily reminiscent of the Eye on the dollar bill.
The Anons out there have, in my opinion, succumbed to the same unfortunate echo chamber symptom of so many belief systems: If you want to believe in something, you will. If don’t want to believe it, you won’t. Readers of my blog (all five of you) know that this is a theme I touch upon time and time again. For many us, whether it’s something like the Q phenomenon, a religion or a political party these serve as a surrogate for a sense of belonging. Of being part of something greater than oneself. It’s secretive. It’s mysterious. It’s elite. If you’re an Anon you’re smart, awake, patriotic and (most importantly) you’re right! At least, that’s what they tell each other. Again, this is no different from any other belief system. But it is disheartening to witness the same behavior in this sub-culture that exists in many of the meta-cultures out there. Part of it has to do with a very important element of this whole strange ordeal. Look at the word “Qanon.” Specifically the “anon” part. It, of course, stands for “Anonymous.” This is a word that was originally tied to the Internet hacktivist group of the same name which is “widely known for its various DDoS cyber attacks against several governments, government institutions and government agencies, corporations, and the Church of Scientology.”
They are often represented by an individual wearing a Guy Fawkes mask that became popularized by the movie “V For Vendetta.”
“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”
Sorry, that was just too awesome not to include. On with the nonsense. Many activists have taken this a step further by appearing in public wearing actual masks like the one featured above as if personifying the idea that the mask makes them, in reality, anonymous. I have watched videos of citizen journalists in Guy Fawkes masks harassing Church of Scientology workers, policemen and women, public officials, etc. And of course when the cops are called and they ask these people for their names they answer, unsurprisingly, “I’m Anonymous.” Meaning both that they are refusing to give their real name (or provide identification-which is fully within their right if they’ve not committed a crime) and that they consider themselves as part of the Anon movement. It reminds me of a famous movie scene:
“I am Spartacus! No, I’m Spartacus!”
However, that feeling of empowerment, of being a faceless, nameless non-entity untouchable by the vagaries of social convention has also lead to a culture of apathy, callousness and misogyny especially on the Internet. Sadly, this behavior has spilled over into real life as well. Many people have gotten so used to being able to express their deepest, darkest selves without fear of retaliation or consequence in online forums that we’re seeing that same way of thinking manifest in our everyday lives whether we’re on the Internet or not. The Anonymous collective (or Anonymous Charity as they are now calling themselves) are certainly partially responsible for how newly emboldened some of us have become when expressing ourselves in social media.
Qanons are no different. Though they praise critical thinking and logic it’s only in cases where your logic aligns with theirs that you’ll be spared the condescension of a group of people who don’t just think they’re right. They know it. And in the absence of the possibility that they’re all part of some wild goose chase how can they also claim to be objective? I believe I am somewhere in the middle. Part of me desperately wants to believe that the sick bastards who tried to enact a 16-year plan to cleanse Earth’s population, who traffic in child sex slaves, who worship dark powers with blood and sacrifice and who view you and me as nothing more than ignorant sheep are facing the eve of their destruction. But another part of me must reconcile the reality that, for all the promises that THE NEXT BIG THING is “right around the corner” (Mass Arrests! Disclosure! GESARA!)…nothing has happened. Nothing public, at least.
But of course if you ask the Anons they’ll say, “Trust the plan!” Trust that disinformation is necessary! Trust that there will be military tribunals (that we’ll never hear about)! Mass arrests are coming! The Federal Reserve will be abolished and prosperity will bloom in abundance for all! And that’s great! I badly want to believe that all these things will happen. But somehow the goal posts keep moving. I’ve been hearing about the Deep State going down for years. A global currency reset has been rumored for even longer than that. But each year that goes by and nothing materializes the excuse is always that the Deep State/Cabal had one final trump card to play and it set everything back. One day we hear they’ve already been defeated. Another day we hear they are still deeply entrenched in all aspects of society and need to be rooted out and exposed. Today, as of right now, those following the Qanon movement believe the Cabal is receiving its comeuppance at this very moment.
With the government in partial shutdown it means that technically no members of Congress are “on the clock.” As you may know, a sitting Congress member cannot be arrested. With the government adjourned until further notice many Anons are saying it’s open season and the mass arrests will begin. They claim today (or tomorrow, or the next day, or maybe the day after that!) could begin the “ten days of darkness” many Anons have said were referenced by Q along with a warning to stock up on supplies to last you anywhere from two weeks to two months. That’s heavy stuff. And yet as I looked around today the world was business as usual. “That’s how it looks!” the Anons will say. “But it’s all happening behind the scenes! NATSEC!” Then what is the purpose of such a movement if there can be no way of verifying that any of these events have happened? I’m certain if Q issues another “drop” tomorrow that says something like, “Mission Success!” the Anons will lose their minds and swear that a new age of peace is upon us.
And when nothing appears in the news? Well, it’s because the news is the enemy of the people! Of course they’re not going to report that their masters are in Gitmo. Several prominent government-related players like Biden, Pence, Obama and the Clintons haven’t been on social media in days. The Anons have taken this as a sign that they’re being tried and processed (not that it’s Christmas time and they’re busy spending it with their families). But if the accounts start posting again will they admit they were mistaken? Or claim that a bot or someone else is posting for them to preserve the appearance that they aren’t behind bars?
It’s an endless feedback loop. Is it a conservative circle jerk of ravening idiots snapping at any little bits of scrap Q tosses them? Or is something truly momentous about to go down? And if it does….would we even know? If “proof” is offered, how do we know it’s not more “necessary disinformation?” Necessary for who? Us? The Cabal? Q? No one knows! Maybe they do, but not really! FAKE NEWS! TRUST THE PLAN!*hed asplodes*
The sad truth is that no one has any idea whatsoever what’s really going on. That is the only fact we have right now. Rampant speculation is being interpreted as “intel.” People are posting screen caps from QMap that aren’t even from Q and claiming that it’s true merely by virtue of the fact that it’s mentioned in the same breath as their beloved right-wing messiah. Is truth by association even a real thing?
So far I’ve probably come off as a rabid, anti-Q mouthbreather. But I assure you that’s far from the truth. I understand that in times like these some people just need hope. They need something to cling to because there are so many aspects of their lives that they’ve lost control of: their relationships, their finances, their health. So they see this extremely passionate and lively group of individuals shining with the light of concepts like justice, truth and unity (Where We Go One We Go All!) and they can’t help but be drawn into its glow like a moth to the flame regardless of whether it will deliver upon its promise or not. Some people consider themselves Anons because they just got swept up in the rapture of something new and unique. Others (like myself) follow it because I genuinely want to see how it plays out, but I also have the presence of mind to remain skeptical as to the motives behind it. And some (perhaps those who consider themselves “true” Anons, or patriots or Trump a.k.a Q+ supporters) follow it so blindly that nothing in this life or the next will convince them that skepticism has any place in the “truth movement.”
In many ways the Qanon movement is similar to “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” which is why I referenced it in the title of this post. However, I’m not referencing the drama movie about ambition, racism, social class, politics, and greed in 1980s New York City. I’m referencing the event that took place in 1497 in which a Dominican friar by the name of Girolamo Savonarola publicly burned thousands of objects such as cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy during the Shrove Tuesday festival. The objects that were burned all had the potential to lead to sin. Mirrors lead to vanity, make-up lead to promiscuity, books lead to knowledge that could cause people to question the Church, etc. He was so threatened by the idea that any of these things could corrupt one of God’s servants that he chose to burn them rather than allow others to choose for themselves whether or not the material was acceptable. Did he regard the faith of his fellow parishioners so much that he felt his only recourse was to remove the source of temptation altogether? Was their faith that fragile?
In the case of Qanons the casting of items into a raging inferno is strictly metaphorical. Questioning the validity of Q, disparaging Trump as a vagina-grabbing pervert with the vocabulary of a fifth grader, criticizing Anons for engaging in questionable “hope porn.” These are all things that Anons will seize hold of and toss onto the smoldering brazier of their united indifference. One can certainly try to introduce helpful and constructive criticism, but unfortunately it’s that “criticism” part that’s attached to the helpful/constructive portion which by nature of association will inevitably evaporate in the all-consuming flames of righteous, patriotic, hallelujah pomposity that powers the Qanon engine.
You know who that reminds me of? Scientologists, born again Christians, a cult. People who would rather destroy anything that calls their beliefs into question rather than examining it more closely and decide whether it has any value. Fortunately for me they are simply a faction within the overall Truth Movement. I can still be part of exposing things like Satanic Ritual Abuse, child trafficking, suppressed technologies and government cover-ups while still quietly observing how the whole “Q” plotline resolves. My beliefs and goals require neither the acceptance nor the understanding of any Anons, Q or otherwise.
I’d like to think I am part of this “truth movement.” Do I consider myself a Qanon? No. It simply has too many holes in it to stay afloat in my opinion. And I’ll say it again: I hope I’m wrong! I pray I’m wrong! I will happily wear the mantle of a disbelieving fool and do it proudly if everything goes down as Q has laid it out. But I honestly believe that weeks, months and years are going to go by and the only thing that will have happened is that the Q conspiracy theory will have only grown, become even more convoluted and garnering even more interest than it has today.
And maybe that’s what some of us need right now. Distraction. An escape. Some sense of control or belonging that we’ve not been able to find in our everyday lives. I would say if that’s the case, however, try to find something worthier of dedicating your time to. Because ultimately I don’t believe the Q phenomenon will amount to anything more than an interesting footnote for the history books; an oddity we look back on with wistful mirth while we laugh and say, “Remember that one Christmas we thought the entirety of Western civilization was going to be torn down and remade anew?”
I desperately, genuinely hope I’m wrong.
EDIT: It has been almost two months since I wrote this post. After a lot of personal research and reflection I honestly believe that Q is the real deal. There are simply too many “Q proofs” proving they are deep within Trump’s council for it mathematically to be mere coincidence. I originally ended the post saying, “I desperately, genuinely hope I’m wrong (that the Q phenomenon will amount to anything).”
I’m happy to say I was dead wrong. I have never been afraid to own up to my status as a full-on “conspiracy theorist” and now I am unashamed to say that I officially consider my self an Anon in the Qanon movement. “Where We Go One, We Go All.”
From the Ridley Scott directed 1996 drama film, White Squall. Dig deeper to discover why Q refers to this particular movie.
“The Storm Is Upon Us.”