Defining the Moment: The Internet Reformation
Earlier today I received an email from one of the Daily Bell's associate editors suggesting that the use of the terminology, Internet Reformation, may be eluding some of our readers. It is a homegrown term, and as such, we have tried to maintain an up-to-date definition of this concept in the Glossary section of the DB ThinkTank. But perhaps it is a good idea to bring it right up front. So here is a concept that we feel is critical for anyone who wishes to fully understand the big picture process of change, at least as we humbly believe it to be:
The Internet Reformation is the culmination of the power and glory of Western civil society and free-market thinking. It is the apogee of all that is best in a sweep of history that began with the ancient Greeks and has culminated in the hearts and minds of millions of young men and women who industriously add to its impact every day via additional code, non-mainstream news or fundamental scientific commentary.
It is NOT an "Internet Revolution." The Internet Revolution is a standard "pat" phrase of the powers-that-be about the so-called empowering effects of technology. The Internet Reformation is a much more deeply disruptive concept. It is truly a revolutionary one, affecting every aspect of human society and human relationships with modern elites. It is focused around the insights generated by the Internet itself.
This concept is based on what happened during the era of the Gutenberg press. Almost from the beginning, the Gutenberg press was a revolutionary technology. As soon as people used the press to print Bibles, readers began to discover that the Holy Word differed considerably from what they'd been taught by the Catholic Church.
Until then, Bibles had been fairly rare. They were printed in Latin or Greek, and copied down by hand with elaborate engravings. The Catholic Church and its important functionaries and bureaucrats possessed Bibles. Priests performed Mass with their back to the congregation. The ceremony was a highly Romanized one, as the West had come to conceive of Rome within its most corrupt and centralizing phase, and highly controlled.
But printing Bibles in moveable type changed the power relationship entirely. Now, anyone could own a Bible and they were easily reproduced and increasingly inexpensive. Almost immediately, then Bibles began to be translated into "vulgate" and eventually the King James Version (English) would become a dominant variant. But in the meantime, the damage was done. First came the Renaissance and then the Reformation and finally the Age of Enlightenment, three powerful rolling waves of free-thinking that transformed the face of human society, first in the West and then around the world.
The changes ushered in by the Gutenberg press were fundamental. The Renaissance began the reconfiguration by allowing for the rediscovery of the scientific orientation of Greece and Rome. This set in motion a series of events that has not yet ceased to reverberate.
The fundamental motivating force of the Renaissance was to emphasize natural observation, and this can be seen in the obsession with great artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci who returned to the original source of knowledge whenever possible. This led both artists to dissect corpses rather than to rely on the standard anatomy books of the day, such as they were. Da Vinci's great scientific speculations were based on first-hand observation not sterile theory argued in debating halls.
The Reformation launched a second wave of attacks on the West's business as usual. But it actually involved the same animation. The Gutenberg press allowed readers to examine source material by making the sources available. This was the revolutionary act. The Renaissance emphasized conclusions derived from that fundamental inspiration. The Reformation in its way emphasized sources too. It sought, in its most radical incarnations, to strip out the interpretative layer of Church doctrine by emphasizing the Word of the Bible itself.
Martin Luther began this process in 1517 by publishing his Ninety-Five Theses attacking much of the ecclesiastical structure of Catholic Church. Interestingly, the Reformation's initial phase is seen as ending in 1648 with the Treaty of Westphalia that put a stop to the religious wars by emphasizing the primacy of the nation state. The Treaty of Westphalia was overturned by the Security Council of the United Nations in 2005, when that body adopted R2P, which mandates that the "West" in aggregate interfere with a nation's sovereignty to "protect" citizens. The powers-that-be have therefore launched a counterattack on national sovereignty even as the Internet Reformation begins to gather power and undermines business as usual.
The Reformation was also known as the Protestant Reformation because despite its formal end-date of 1648, its ripples continue to spread and ultimately gave rise to the establishment of the New World, and the American and French Revolutions. Each wave of the so-called Protestant Revolt further deconstructed the formalized church and suggested doctrine that brought man closer in touch with God.
This process eventually led to the most radical sects such as the Quakers and "Shakers" that did away with Church trappings entirely and simply allowed the individual worshipper to communicate with God as he or she saw fit. The Quakers sometimes used to shed their clothes and worship nakedly in a penultimate effort to remove barriers to the spiritual conversation.
All across the world, the modern Internet Reformation is beginning to reshape the way people relate to power in the modern age. While it is not so obvious as during the era of the Gutenberg press, there is formal doctrine accepted by Western societies that is beginning to shatter. That formal doctrine may be termed regulatory democracy and it has been leavened with numerous assumptions that on closer inspection turn out not to be true. It is the Internet itself that allows for information to spread that undermines the various precepts of regulatory democracy.
Every social order needs a formal elite to organize and animate it. In the high Middle Ages, the hierarchy consisted of the Catholic Church leaders along with Royal families throughout Europe, as well as powerful merchants and bankers. In the modern era, the hierarchy is much less obvious and consists, from available evidence of the great banking, modern banking families led by the Rothschilds based in the City of London along with attendant Zionist influences and abetted by corporate interests and the so-called Dark Nobility and Dark Church.
It is this hierarchy that promulgates regulatory democracy and its various dominant social themes – the fear-based promotions that the Western power elite uses to control the conversation and to further centralize power and authority worldwide. Just as the Catholic church leaders dreamed of one Pax Romana around the world, so does today's power elite dream of one world order driven by regulatory democracy.
The fear-based themes are many and include many scarcity memes among them. The world is commonly held to be running out of food, water, oil and energy. It is in imminent danger of plagues, unusual weather and asteroid strikes. In these and many other instances, the solutions that are heralded are focused directly on additional governmental agencies, preferably global ones. An entire global infrastructure is gradually being erected that includes an international court, a global legislature (UN), a global military (NATO) and various international agencies to adjudicate trade disputes and the like.
At the center of the new global order is central bank itself, printing money-from-nothing, perpetually devastating the economies of nation states through monetary (and price inflation) and through its ruin, creating the necessity for a global currency and a single global central bank, presumably the IMF. Within this latter meme, gold and silver are held to be barbaric elements, not needed anymore in a fiat money world.
In fact, what the Internet is increasingly showing us is a way to return to basic freedoms. The Internet in its various incarnations has already distributed information showing many of the precepts of regulatory democracy to be false. There is likely plenty of oil and gas around the world and it may be abiotic and reoccurring as well; its availability has simply been manipulated by the powers that be. Alternative sources of energy have likely been suppressed, but over the next decades may become available. Global warming has been shown to be another elite promotion and does not exist as popularly promulgated. Food and water, also supposedly in short supply, are being manipulated by the power elite within its highly controlled global markets. The War on Terror that the elites have begun is an evident and obvious falsity and the Internet reveals this in various ways every day.
Like the radical information that spawned from the Gutenberg Press, the impact of the information available to counteract elite modern memes is not immediately visible but over time has a devastating effect. Human beings do have a kind of Hive Mind (via intimate communications between families and friends and various cultural exchanges) and once additional information is made available, that Mind incorporates it.
There are downsides. The power elite profits from the centralizing effects of technology. Spymasters and dictators profit from aspects of technology as they always have. And yet the positive elements are likely unstoppable as well. There is little possibility at this point of the Internet being shut down as simplistic formulations might have it. Instead, as with the Reformation itself, the Internet Reformation will continue to advance, undermining the memes of the powers-that-be and even creating, perhaps, a critical mass of decentralizing influences.
It is decentralization that the modern power elite fears most because decentralized spheres of influence are impossible to control. Unfortunately the Renaissance and Reformation were all about the decentralization of control built on the availability of real knowledge and a return to primary sources that undermined the "experts" of church and state.
The same process is occurring today. It may not be that any one Martin Luther emerges to create a formal Reformation but the larger evolution continues. (There is apparently some evidence that Luther himself was sponsored by a Venetian banking faction of the day to split the power of the church.) Essentially, however the power of the information being unleashed is what will carry the day in numerous manifestations. It is impossible for power elite memes to stand against the availability of information now presented online. It is beyond control, beyond collecting, beyond dampening.
Tomorrow's knowledge base may look much different than todays – and in fundamental ways. Ironically, the 20th century so celebrated by the centralizers must at least to some degree give way to a decentralized Renaissance in the 21st. Yes, the powers-that-be will fight back as they already are via wars and social chaos, just as the Catholic Church responded with its Counter-Reformation; but eventually they may be forced to take a step back as they have before.
Ironically, the proverbial dye was likely cast when America's DARPA dark-technologists invented the Internet but did not foresee, apparently, the evolution of the personal computer that would utilize it to allow average individuals to gain access to all the knowledge of the world. This may stand as one of the great miscalculations of the modern elite. It helped create a second wave of modern information technology that has already begun to undo a myriad of world-centralizing plans.
A new city (predicted in ancient Indian prophecies) has been discovered underwater off the coast of India – though the news has been much suppressed. Humankind is thousands of years older than the Western powers-that-be maintain. The current apogee of human achievement may not be the current one and certainly not the best-of-all-possible worlds. As the underlying certainties crumble, so do the building blocks of the modern elite themes – and the certainty of ongoing centralization.
In fact, the European Union is failing, various serial wars of conquest are not going well, the fear-based memes of the elite are continually being debunked by an Internet that adds more to humankind's real knowledge base every day. It will take decades if not centuries to control the damage that has already been done (from an elite standpoint), and what has been done cannot be undone.
There is a new Reformation taking place throughout the world, led by electronic communication technology. It is not being commented on by the nightly news, nor written about in the mainstream medial. But if you understand the trends and look closely, you can see it playing out every day in every part of human culture. It is already convulsing the world. Out of these labor pains a new and freer society is being born.
A new enlightenment is taking place – a fundamental reforming of societies' knowledge base. It is far more important and fundamental than a "technology revolution." It is rewriting the basic relationship that human beings have with their knowledge base and with its impact on their lives. The centralizing architecture erected by the Anglo-American elites is even now being undermined. The darkness is lifting as it lifted long ago during the Renaissance. An Internet Reformation is coming. It will have numerous unpredictable ramifications. In fact, its dawn is already here.
Posted by Summer on 07/29/11 07:58 PM
'A new city (predicted in ancient Indian prophecies) has been discovered underwater off the coast of India - though the news has been much suppressed. Humankind is thousands of years older than the Western powers-that-be maintain. The current apogee of human achievement may not be the current one and certainly not the best-of-all-possible worlds. As the underlying certainties crumble, so do the building blocks of the modern elite themes - and the certainty of ongoing centralization.'
I has been prophesized in all scriptures that mankind will reach its apogee when the messiah returns. The defeat of the antichrist at the hands of the messiah will herald a golden period of human progress unimpeded by the shackles of corruption, immorality and exploitation.
Just as in the first advent of Jesus (the messiah of Moses) expectation and reality are miles apart. And metaphorical prophecies are taken literally which leads to misinterpretation and mockery.
According to the Quran, over one thousand prophets have been sent to mankind in different places at different times - Krishna was a true prophet - teaching a monotheistic faith. Time, misinterpretation and false deity sets in deviations from the original (a pattern repeated throughout religious history). According to Islam, prophecies (of true prophets) are always protected.
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I tread carefully, presenting non-Christian and non-Secular 'predictions'! The description of the Anti-Christ in Ahadith is truly amazing, viewed from any perspective - being over a thousand years old.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad prophesized that just as Jesus Christ rode on a donkey, so the Antichrist of the latter days would also ride on a donkey. However, people would sit inside this donkey which would have lights in its belly. This donkey would announce its departure and one foot would be in the West and one in the East. This donkey would breathe fire but the fire would not harm its occupants. It will play music for its passengers. This donkey would journey on land, sea and air. Most medievalist scholars of Islam take this prophecy literally but it is apparent to all those with an ounce of intelligence that this prophecy is a metaphorical reference to the airplanes etc.
The Prophet went on to describe the antichrist as a one eyed beast who would have mountains of grain with which he would feed his friends and deny his enemies - a clear reference to economic sanctions and food aid. No-one would be able to fight this beast but the messiah would come again and defeat the antichrist (an ideological defeat). He will be able to cause rain to fall (HARP). Other aspects of this beast are mentioned from which it is clear that this antichrist is a metaphor for the anti-Christian powers of the west (corrupt clergy and philosophers), often attempting to pass themselves off as Christian.
'... The fire-driven donkey which acquires the changeable roles of aeroplanes, ships or trains moving at exceptionally fast speeds was to play the most formative and crucial role in the conquest of the world by the Christian powers. Apart from emphasizing the advantage of higher speeds, the advantage of weightier possessions is also specifically mentioned in the global conflict for supremacy.'
In other Ahadith it is explained that these powers have collaborators and a section of 'Yehud' behind them however it is definitely a collaboration (of many) bearing the hallmarks of 'Kafir' (unbelief) with the vehicle of the West being the implementer.
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There are many other prophecies. One very important one for our purposes is of the Quranic description of the atomic bomb 'hotamah' etc and nuclear holocaust.
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'The atomic holocaust to which we refer is also discussed in Surah Ta Ha (Chapter 20) in relation to its ultimate consequences. By implication, the verse also makes it clear that it would be the pride and arrogance of the great world powers of the time which will be broken, mankind as such will not be wiped out.
The relevant verse clearly predicts that this will not be a point of termination for mankind as such. It will be only the might of the arrogant political powers that will be shattered and laid low.'
Thus, in my view there is a wealth of knowledge that is concealed from the West that is pertinent to our 'modern' times...
Posted by John Danforth on 07/29/11 03:48 PM
The printing press gave us paper money.
The internet gives us digital money. With unlimited zeroes. Soon enough, we will need 128 bit processors to handle credit card transactions at the gas station.
Posted by William3 on 07/29/11 03:05 PM
Folks like me who spent most of their working lives without even a computer can only stare in amazement at how fast the changes are happening. It's exciting for me, though. The golf cart and the rocking chair scenario of retirement has been replaced by numerous ways to interact and to get involved in creating the future of humanity.
Even though you mentioned young people are making the changes, the internet reformation is truly ageless.
Thanks to DB for doing the spade work to ferret out how this has happened and continuing to expose the behavior of those with unethical intentions!
Posted by Dave Jr on 07/29/11 12:12 PM
It should be apparent how technology can be used for good or evil. The press in the hands of the people (Gutenberg) advances freedom. The press in the hands of the self appointed masters (fiat currency) enslaves.
Posted by Dave Jr on 07/29/11 11:48 AM
During the time of Gutenberg, the majority of populations could not read or write, that previously was a PE priveledge. It took a degree of prosperity to afford a middle class some leisure to learn. The PE were too arrogant to believe they could learn enough to do much harm to their structure.
Today the same applies, but the internet is different. Is is a two way window. It is an important tool to monitor the progress of the herd. They need us to be visible to them, but it also causes them a degree of transparence. They may have underestimated the ability of the average human to match their own intelligence. This must be a huge concern for them.
As things progress, they must be wondering if the double edged sword of the internet is ultimately an asset or liability.
Posted by Joe on 07/29/11 05:57 AM
"hive mind: a type of collective consciousness where individuality is stifled; a state of conformity;"
Humans as a rule are brought up by others in society, they are bound to pick up the cultural influences of those around them. It takes amazing individual genius to break out, some cultures may actually encourage these, most encourage conformity and mediocrity, State schools do this. Book and Internet learning cannot substitute actually experiencing and or travelling through the land to gain knowledge, they can only partially enhance.
Posted by David_Robertson on 07/29/11 04:20 AM
Yes. My wife spent many years in Australia and that is one of the phrases we use.
Posted by memehunter on 07/29/11 12:37 AM
No, but thanks for asking. Is it because I wrote "no worries"?
Posted by expo on 07/28/11 09:33 PM
Your Gutenberg parallel is apt, and one I refer to often.
However, you will have noticed (if you study your IP visits), that over the last few months I have changed fom being a daily visitor to a weekly one.
Ask yourself (or your associate editors)why this might be.
You could be great you know.
Posted by Phantom2011 on 07/28/11 06:56 PM
It's hard to type using a mouse, wearing no glasses, while drinking an adult beverage with my spare hand. I like reading the comment section after some articles but maybe some of the comments (many are written by good writers and seemingly very smart people) are to nitpicky. If a working class stiff like me gets it(Internet Reformation) and likes it, you have no problem.
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We'll take what you meant as a compliment.
Posted by Phantom2011 on 07/28/11 06:43 PM
I think rhe term Internet Reformation is self explainitory and is on I have always liked. Tell the associate editors to chill.
Posted by unavailable on 07/28/11 06:30 PM
"This is generally believed to be an effect of modern media plus human nature or what you term physis."
People who want to be like other people out of safety will eventually vacate the train of evolution. Thanks for the definition of hive mind, btw.
Physis is purpose, not a description. E.g. physis of a boat is to sail. Physis of my Man is to take for granted authority of nobody but himself. Physis of gawkers is to be trampled. Google "define gawker" - it's hilarious.
Posted by David_Robertson on 07/28/11 05:28 PM
Are you Australian?
Posted by David_Robertson on 07/28/11 05:23 PM
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hive mind: a type of collective consciousness where individuality is stifled; a state of conformity;
This is generally believed to be an effect of modern media plus human nature or what you term physis. This is why people generally try to follow what others like them are doing, especially the younger generation. They learn by osmosis amongst others of like mind and soon begin to demonstrate similar beliefs and behaviours. In order to escape this one would have to disconnect entirely from modern society. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
"If curious and uninhibited individuals think together, the result is bound to be amazing and unusual."
This may be true but according to what particular law is it "bound" to be true? The result may be surprisingly banal. Surely it depends not so much on uninhibitedness and curiosity but on innate creativity, intelligence and imagination which may indeed manifest in the ways you suggest or in the opposite way. I have noticed that chimpanzees are very curious and undoubtedly uninhibited and so far as we know they think together.
Posted by Debra B on 07/28/11 04:03 PM
There is new "concern" that the next(sic) terrorist(sic) attack(sic) will come via the internet. I assume this new "concern" will precede a false flag internet attack/interruption, which will be used to censor our emails and pull the internet kill switch. Does anyone have any suggestion about what we will do then? It seems preparation is key, here.
Posted by memehunter on 07/28/11 03:31 PM
No worries, I don't think there was any special insight in that post. Just showing that other people are sharing DB's views. And of course, the "information revolution" quote was interesting in the context of today's article.
Posted by oldman67 on 07/28/11 03:07 PM
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: Its patriotism,its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will fall from within. Joseph Stalin Isn't this what the ACLU,Planned Parenthood and Abortionist are doing today. Christianity is being attacked as never before.
Posted by unavailable on 07/28/11 02:20 PM
I don't know what hive mind means, sorry. If curious and uninhibited individuals think together, the result is bound to be amazing and unusual. What the mob use their heads for is not thinking, but "being preoccupied with", which will eventually lead them to where the Neanderthals and Steller's sea cows are.
Posted by David_Robertson on 07/28/11 01:53 PM
I did actually respond to this post but my reply has disappeared or more accurately never appeared in the first place.
Posted by David_Robertson on 07/28/11 01:43 PM
"Though the destruction of central banking and fiat currency are positive outcomes, it may increase our stupidity in other ways."
Or our alienation?