“Sometimes you gotta fight the devil with a demon” – Lil Wayne, “Abortion”
Anonymous isn’t a group. Millions of people contribute to the ideal, giving the general public a powerful voice in dire times. Followers of the Anonymous ideals (called Anons) do everything we can to change the world. We assist in grassroots movements. We crowdsource citizen investigations of crimes that would otherwise go unresolved. We defend personal privacy and freedom. We fight for corporate/government transparency and accountability. In order to understand how to best utilize Anonymous, you must first understand the way the world works.
The Mythology of Reality
People are controlled by governments and corporations. Each of these entities is divided into hundreds of departments with a focused purpose. These departments are made up of hundreds to thousands of people, each focusing on a specialized job. All of these people accomplish the goals of the entity as a whole. The goals are decided by the entity’s leadership. When you stand up to the leadership, you’re just one person fighting a collective. This is where Anonymous comes in.
Anonymous is a leaderless organization. Calling Anonymous a hacker group is like calling Bank of America a tech company because they have an IT department. Yes, computer programmers lend their skills to the collective. So do writers, attorneys, marketers, managers, data entry reps, auditors, translators, and so much more. In order to fight the iron giants of the world, Anons have built an open source goliath. Whereas other organizations are led by CEO’s, monarchs, and politicians, Anonymous has no head. This allows you to become the head. All you need to do is climb on our shoulders and lead.
Taking the Wheel
The world is filled with causes. It would be nice if there were enough Anons in the world to fight full force against every atrocity, but reality doesn’t work that way. We are a hive mind. Look at a flock of birds or a school of fish. They move together as one. In order to lead the hive, you must first join it. From there, you’re free to move within it however you want. If you want to take control, you have to lead the hive in a direction that serves a purpose.
If you’re simply out for vengeance, you’ll find it difficult to garner support. People generally don’t want to gather in crowds to pursue your personal vendetta. Look at The Bride (Uma Thurman) in Kill Bill. She got the occasional training or words of advice, but she fought her own battles. If you have a selfish mentality, you’re no better than those you’re seeking to destroy. Selfishness is what corrupted the giants in the first place. We would be replacing corruption with more corruption. Like the Sorcerer’s Stone (or the Philosopher’s Stone if you wanna be a Brit about it), true power will only reveal itself to those with pure intentions. Even if you have pure intentions, there are many missteps and pitfalls you must avoid.
How to Stall a Movement
If you’re fighting for equality, you can’t decide who will fight with you. A homosexual can’t dismiss the help of a heterosexual. A woman can’t dismiss a man willing to fight for her. A Latino can’t turn down assistance from a Caucasian. Understand that if you want equality, you must accept the help of anyone. If you don’t want someone fighting with you because they’re not a part of your group, you’re not fighting for equality. You’re fighting for superiority. It’s important for you to fight for yourself, but it’s only when we all fight together for the same cause that we will win.
To be a great leader, you must make decisions and be willing to push yourself. Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Gandhi…these people led their movements from the front. Don’t expect to sit in the background giving orders to people. If you do, you’ll find those orders fall on deaf ears. Lead by example. Everything in life takes work, and if you expect others to move mountains, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and start digging. How far you have to go before people join you is entirely up to you and your attitude.
Communication is key. Governments and corporations know this. When the Arab Spring movement bubbles in a region, the first thing the dictatorship does is cut off internet communications. Anons combat this by providing education and training on alternate methods of internet access. The machine tried a similar tactic by cutting off wireless communications when the BART protests ignited in Northern California. Anons responded by shutting down their communications. The Occupy movement struggled because police wouldn’t allow for sound equipment to give public speeches. The people’s microphone was developed to disseminate information. Utilize all available communication methods to ensure success.
Get Involved Now
Don’t wait for the right moment. Start talking and working immediately. The difference between success and failure is effort. Your ideas may work on paper, but so does Communism. You may not be successful immediately. In fact, you’re likely to run into a lot of obstacles. The only way you’ll ever know if your ideas work is by implementing them. If you fail, try again. Keep pushing. Nothing happens overnight, but as long as you’re breathing, you have another shot. Always remember…
We are Anonymous
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst at Bank of America turned whistleblower, freelance consultant, and troll. He’s a frequent contributor to The Street, Huffington Post, Cannabis Now, and Fast Company.