Facebook and Twitter, Then and Now… and Ghandi

Gary North wrote in the article, Gandhi, Mubarak (in 2011) the following:

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In the months of January and February, two dictators were driven out of office by Facebook, Twitter, and Al Jazeera television. They lost control, leaving egg on the faces of Western Insiders, who like to think of themselves as on top of things. They were, too: a volcano.

Mubarak talked tough. He was tweeted out of office.

Mubarak told the demonstrators the terms of his departure. Then the army told him the terms of his departure.

The digital communications system sent the Insiders a message. It was a longer message than Twitter’s 140 characters.

Mubarak on January 1, 2011, looked untouchable. He looked as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. Looks are deceiving.

Every civil government rests on self-government on the part of the masses. It rests on this assumption: the masses cannot communicate cheaply. They cannot get a message other than the Party Line, communicated in one-way pipelines. That world is now gone. The gatekeepers stand at the gates, but the walls are down.

In August 2009, I wrote an article: “Wikipedia and Google Will Bring Down Establishments All Over the World.” I wrote this:

The gatekeepers can no longer control the flow of information. This has never happened in man’s history. Gatekeepers still control the gates. But the walls have holes in them. These holes are widening.

The gatekeepers control accreditation. They no longer control content except where it is very expensive to do primary research, such as nuclear physics. In the social sciences and humanities, it’s just about over.

When I think “Establishment,” my mind goes back to Rocky III. Mr. T’s character tells Apollo Creed, “you’re going down.”

If you find something worth posting, post it. Call this “post-it notes.” It beats armed revolution every time.

I concluded with these words: “In short, if you find something evil that wobbles, push it.”

In Tunisia and Egypt over the last month, a lot of people did just that.

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The rules change, depending on which Establishment is being toppled.

And me?

I am no fan of revolutionary violence: such things only bring about more oppression, under a new flag and a new leader.

I do believe in the 3.5% rule, though. When that percentage of the population simply and peaceably ignores what the government says, that government is finished.

North points out that Ghandi understood this, very well. In his article, he quotes Ghandi’s words at the end of the movie Ghandi (1982):

There have been tyrants and murderers — and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it — always . . . When you are in doubt that that is God’s way, the way the world is meant to be . . . think of that.

A Hindu pagan had a good deal more sense, and has better eyes and ears, and even greater faith in God’s victory (!!), than hundreds of millions of despairing defeatist Christians do.

Perhaps we should think about that.


“If you find something evil that wobbles, push it.”

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