When a Flash Mob Is Not a Flash Mob
There have been a lot of news reports lately describing “flash mobs” raiding shops in U.S. cities. The defining feature of these groups is that they’re presumed to have been organized via the internet.
But internet communication is not the sole characteristic of a flash mob. Though the term is currently ill-defined, we can rule out some acts because other words describe them more accurately.
A sudden raid of a shop is called a heist. When there are many such raids in a short time, it is called looting. And when the looting is largely motivated by poverty and discontent, it’s called a bread riot. That is what we are seeing in the news: not flash mobs, but organized bread riots in the United States.
However, due to the misidentification of the issue by mainstream media and politicians, we’re unlikely to see any genuine solutions to the problem. If their assertion is that flash mobs are the problem, then the proposed “solutions” will come in the form of restrictions on communication—the very same thing that American politicians have denounced heavy-handed dictators for doing in other countries.
Never mind that large numbers of people are desperate enough to organize themselves to steal food and ordinary consumer stuff. Never mind that the system is failing us all supremely while corrupt bureaucrats continue pouring gasoline on the fire. Never mind that our economic future looks more and more like a downward spiral every day. The powers-that-be apparently want to put technology in a straitjacket because they’ve found an excuse to do it.
It’s another flaming arrow aimed to pass through a straw man and hit us all where it hurts the most—our freedom. No f-word offends self-righteous power junkies more than that word. To them, freedom is the smell of feathers and hot tar. It is the sight of uncountable torches and pitchforks on the horizon. It is the feel of a sharp blade cleaving a neck and the sound of a head landing in a basket.
It is the greatest fear of every tyrant that we will retain all of our freedom and amplify it with technology. If we are organized, they must obey us, not the other way around. Aristocracy cannot abide such a thing, and institutions of power will seize every opportunity to prevent it. Communication is the worst enemy of those who thrive on ignorance.
The internet is an amazing tool of facilitation, and that includes facilitating the spread of discontent. What we are seeing in the news are not frivolous flash mobs. It is the threshold of a new era that the ruling classes will fight fiercely to quash, and bread riots are only the beginning.
We must grip this tool with all our strength, and we must never be connived into loosening our grip. Our future as free people depends on it.