Revolution at your Fingertips! by Larry Warrick
Revolution at your Fingertips!
The advent of the Gutenberg Press sounded the death knell of the church monopoly on information and clearly pointed out that the Vatican had no clothes. Could the advent of the internet do the same for governments?
According to the Swiss Appenzell Daily Bell:
“A state without a viable and controllable information methodology is eventually a failed state. There must be believable memes that are subscribed to by the majority of citizens. When, over time, a nation’s dominant social themes come under increased scrutiny, the result is eventually a splintering of the citizens’ consensus about how they ought to be led and by whom. A theme that is currently under attack in the Internet age is central banking — and such attacks may eventually lead to a gold or silver standard within the larger Western world. But that may only be the beginning.”
News travels fast these days. No longer word of mouth and subject to the whim of the teller, the printed word brought about a revolution in the way religious leaders were viewed due to the action of one man and his printing press. Enter the age of the internet with its villains and heroes whose exploits are literally transmitted to those paying attention at the speed of light. This is truly ‘change you can believe in’.
A State that cannot control its own means of communication both internally and to the mass of citizens is doomed to failure. Effective communication is the lifeblood of every modern day human enterprise, including government. Once upon a time, the masses were given the ‘official line’ by the town crier and they believed it. News traveled by literally being yelled out in the streets for all to hear by a paid government mouthpiece. When Martin Luther visited Vatican City and saw the opulence and splendor surrounding those in power, he was not impressed, he was not intimidated, he was outraged. The last straw came when he discovered that for a fee, it was possible for a rich man to buy a ‘pass’ into heaven. No more need to heed your biblical teachings, we took care of that. Just gimme the money! And so he and his Gutenberg press went to work..
Fast forward some 500 years. Anyone can type a few keywords in a browser window and literally thousands (or even millions) of web pages are offered in response. This is truly information at your fingertips. It’s no longer a search, now we just say ‘google’. Keeping up with a hot topic is as easy as adding your email to a delivery list. You can even keep up with your favorite people on Twitter and Facebook – no charge.
Read more of the Examiner article here: http://www.examiner.com/x-53966-MiamiDade-County-Libertarian-Examiner~y2010m7d29-Revolution-at-your-Fingertips
For all of Larry Warrick’s articles on Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/x-53966-MiamiDade-County-Libertarian-Examiner
Larry’s older blog can be found here: http://www.nolanchart.com/author87.html