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Climbing a mountain

The 4 steps to political freedom

1. Philosophy – Your foundational ideology should be coherent and correspond to political reality; these are contradictory aims.  Yet the dialectical process between these two requirements is what produces your reason for acting, your reason for being.  Acting without it leaves you to the mercy of “some defunct economist“.

2. Education – This is not just the propagation of your ideology to others.  It is the application of it to the particular backgrounds and historical circumstances of your target audience.  Communication is a task in itself, yet the act of it also affects the thing being communicated.

3. Economy – You cannot change the world if you are scraping by.  To effect change, your community of ideology must be economically vibrant.  It must not only get by, but it must have a surplus of resources, time, and energy.  It must also do so in a way that retains independence from the very power structure it is attempting to subvert.

4. Power – A self-sufficient and well-organized group is unstoppable, regardless of numbers.  The challenge for a group propounding liberty is overcoming the history of such groups creating a tyranny, often worse than the one they replaced.  For the old revolutionaries, the end justifies the means, for the end is the revolution, and it justifies all.  The new revolutionaries must overturn the cycle between tyranny and revolution; therefore, the means can only be justified by their ideological ethics; therefore, the means is the revolution; therefore, the means is the end.

Evil Pokemon

Pokemon GO insanity

My immediate thought with this madness was that Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Game”, where Wil Wheaton and Ashley Judd are trying to avoid playing an addictive augmented-reality game spreading among the Enterprise crew.  I also thought about the South Park episode “Chinpokomon”, where a Pokemon-like franchise is clandestinely being used by the Japanese to incite American kids into rebellion against the government.

The mind-control aspects of this game seem obvious to me, but it’s not so to many people, so here are some ways you might imagine this game being used by nefarious agencies, like the CIA, foreign governments, Nintendo, hackers, etc.

It’s true that they can track your phone now anyway and hack into your camera.  But if you have you phone in your pocket, in an inaccessible place, etc., that is useless. Pokemon GO makes you take your phone out and activate it.  This is more power and control over when your phone is active and where it is active.

In addition, there may be a specific person or place they want to spy on and have no camera on it.  Pokemon GO allows the game admin to drive cameras to specific places or people that are currently not on the grid.  There are already reports that Nintendo will allow McDonald’s and other businesses to buy sponsored Pokemon placement.  Place Pokemon in your store, drive people looking for Pokemon into your store, profit!  This is a ready mechanism for the CIA to direct people to specific places at specific times.

Check out this really creepy flash-mob in NYC, people looking for some rare Pokemon.  Imagine that kind of power in a coup or revolution, like the kind just attempted in Turkey.  Real-time organization of masses of people against specific targets.  Think protest rallies, marches, government buildings, politicians’ private homes, etc.  Anything is possible.

It’s like the video game The Sims, where an all-powerful game player directs the semi-free-willed Sims around their daily lives and choices.  Except this time it’s happening in physical reality.  Come to think of it, I would not be surprised at all if Maxis comes out with an augmented reality Sims game in the near future, after Nintendo’s insane success with this game.

And if you think Pokemon GO is just an innocent little game, the technique is what is important here, not the cutesy characters.  As the South Park episode pointed out, what is cute and innocent in one moment can quickly be turned into controlled, sinister manipulation.  Once the mechanism is in place, the power is in place, and the superficial veneer becomes irrelevant.