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Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Taking Lessons From ‘Anonymous’

Anon germanyKaye Beach

Dec. 7, 2012

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Calling All Activists!

Howard and I have a very interesting show lined up for you tonight!

When you think about Anonymous, some of their more daring exploits are probably the first thing that comes to mind.  Hacking, Denial of Service attacks and such but that is not the totality of the internet culture that is known as Anonymous and it is the lesser known efforts and successes that Howard and I are going to be focusing on tonight.

We are speaking to ‘Anonymous’ or rather one particular Anon, Damian DeWitt, who has been deeply involved in one project with Anonymous for about five years.   Get ready for your paradigm to be busted because I’ll bet that no matter what preconceived notion you might have about Anonymous, Mr. Dewitt is going to blow it out of the water tonight!

As you know, we have been reporting on the problems at Narconon Arrowhead, a Scientology based drug rehabilitation center located in Canadian, OK for a few years now. The recent spate of deaths that have occurred at the center has placed Narconon Arrowhead in headlines all over the country.  Our research and efforts to help expose the center’s questionable practices and deception in recruiting ‘students’ into Narconon naturally intersected with a portion of Anonymous known as Project Chanology. “Project Chanology is a large-scale plan to dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form“ 

If you are involved in activism of any sort, you don’t want to miss this show!

I am certain that there is something valuable to be learned for all of us from an examination of the activism of Anonymous.  They are an extremely diverse group and far from this being a stumbling block, as it almost always is with more traditional forms of activism, Anonymous allows for the diversity to become one of its greatest strengths.  Where we constantly struggle with egos, agendas, and waste time scrapping over who gets credit, the format used by Anonymous to collaborate is such that these problems are swept aside or at least greatly minimized. Cultivating good leadership and establishing hierarchy often eats away at our time and energy.  It slows us down and frustrates us because we realize that our world is moving very fast and we are always playing catch up.   Personally, I can remember the few and blessed experiences I have had working on efforts where we did manage to rise above these stumbling blocks but as you know, that is the exception not the rule.  But why?  Every activist I know recognizes the need to work together where we can.  We want to leave our egos at the door but more often than not, we are our own worst enemies.  The truth is that we are simply human and we have always been and will always be (in this world at least) saddled with our human nature.

Watching Project Chanology do their thing has been fascinating to me.  I have watched collaborative research and problem solving unfold in real time drawing on the diversity of talents and skills possessed by its range of participants. Let me say that when it works, it works beautifully.

So, what is it that they do, or not do, that makes the effort successful?  You see left and right, Christian and Atheist, and every other dichotomy you can imagine, working (virtually) side-by-side on common goals. This alone is a remarkable feat.   Yet, Anonymous will not compromise on freedom of speech or expression.  How does this not devolve into fractures, flame wars and pettiness?  For one thing, with that devotion to freedom of speech naturally comes a thick skin.

Participation is absolutely voluntary and it is the merit of participants’ ideas, not their prestige that drives an effort.   Chaos and purpose may seem mutually exclusive.   Project Chanology proves it is not.  How is this so?  This is the evolution of activism and tonight we will ferret out the lessons that can be learned from the phenomenon that is Anonymous for anyone, anywhere who is trying to make a difference.  Oh, and let’s not forget the lulz while we are at it!

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