…society cannot learn
as one body. Rather, new knowledge starts with ice breakers and pioneers, who teach it to
early adopters, who in turn convince the mass market, then the late adopters, and finally the
When we look at the Awakening, we see a process of cult deprogramming. It is a process of
switching from magical thinking to evidence-based thinking. The shift is painful, stressful,
and takes time, perhaps even years.
Some people naturally resist lies. Others need the lies explained, carefully, and over time.
Yet others will cling to comfortable lies over difficult truths. All the while, as people search for
the truth of things, they are targeted with exaggerated conspiracy theories that make any
What we have is the development of an “anti-Narrative,” a set of explanations and exercises
that allow us to de-program ourselves, and others. Much of my book has been the
development of anti-Narratives: the explanation of on-line communities, of how cults
operate, of the spy state, of the Para-state and the Spider, and so on.
The anti-Narratives emerge most powerfully from the pioneers in this collective de-
programming exercise, the ice-breakers who, for diverse reasons, are prepared to go into
incredibly hostile environments with nothing more than their self-faith to keep them going:
It all begins with the whistle blowers, particularly those who can leak substantive
documentation rather than personal stories and hearsay. Chelsea née Bradley Manning
and Edward Snowden are the two main figures here, heroes in a real sense. Other
whistle blowers of note are Annie Machon, Gareth Williams, Russel Tice, Jeffrey
Sterling, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, and
We then have the independent media who are willing to report these documents, at
personal risk. There is Julian Assange, building wikileaks.org around Manning’s leaks,
and Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, reporting in the Guardian on Edward
Snowden’s leaks. Again, heroic figures who have changed the course of history.
We see academics like Dr Daniele Ganser, who know their history and are immune to
this particular Narrative because they have seen so many like it. They look at events
over the last twenty years and they see continuation of old patterns.
We have anti-patent and anti-copyright “extremists”, like the Pirate Parties, the FFII (in
part), the Pirate Bay and the many, many who took risks to share music and movies
with other people. They know the law is unjust and wrong, and they have been
providing elements of an anti-Narrative for years.
These are the ice breakers, whose message is ignored, mocked, and rejected until it swells
to a point where it can’t be brushed aside as hysterical, crazy nonsense. Any single thread
or event is irrelevant. There is more than enough material to write a compelling anti-
Narrative that fits the facts and cannot be broken. And it’s this anti-Narrative that the early
adopters take, and spread to the wider world. I consider the early adopters to be:
Other independent journalists, who find themselves flooded by intensely interesting
stories that the mainstream press will not touch. It is irresistible, to print these stories.
Technologists, particularly privacy and security advocates, and smaller firms, who
understand the importance of Snowden’s leaks about the Spider, and who find the
conclusions extremely worrying.
On-line communities, who long ago developed a sharp taste for truths. Despite wide
infiltration by the Spider, the Narrative died long ago in most on-line communities, as did
conventional religions, cults, partisan politics, and other belief systems.
Criminologists and forensic scientists who study specific events and find that the data
disproves the official explanations; they then ask how that could be, and it leads them to
Environmental activists, who have always seen the Narrative and its glorification of
extraction economies, war, and consumption, as their biggest problem and the main
threat to human survival.
The twenty-somethings, who are naturally distrustful of anything authority says, and
have historically always embraced revolutionary principles, at least until their first job
and car loan.
Celebrities like Russel Brand, who need fresh material to stay relevant, so seek out new
thought trends and emerging truths. Evangelists in any field depend on the latest and
greatest to share with their followers.
Among the pioneers and early adopters I also have to include the billions of people around
the world who have always seen the West as a corrupt police state, and westerners as
naive, complicit, and intellectually lazy. On behalf of the privileged white minority, I’m really,
truly sorry we didn’t realize what was going on so much sooner. To be honest, we still don’t
know what’s going on, we are just becoming aware of the depth of the lies.
Then we have the mass market, which is more about industry than individuals. Particularly,
the technology industry. Large firms have to play the Spider’s game to stay in business. And
yet if their clients lose confidence, they can pack up and leave overnight, as MySpace
proved. They desperately need to retain their street credibility.
Large technology firms are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and I’m curious to see
where they land. My guess is that there will be a break, with some firms coming down hard
on the side of privacy and constitutionality, and other firms becoming closer allies with the
Spider. It is one place where popular opinion can make a serious difference.
The late adopters are the monopolists like AT&T, Comcast, and Western Union, the oil
companies, the financial industry, and the security industry, who depend on the Spider for
their own safety. If these firms lose their gold club member status, they are broken up like
old trash and sold off in pieces.
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