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Monday, 23 November 2015

The Mont Order’s Globalism (Dissident Voice)

On the Second Point of the Mont Order (L'Ordre)

Via DISSIDENT VOICE on November 19 2015

In October, the Mont Order society’s top bloggers talked about the central role of technology in political and social change. Mentioning that the Mont Order and other modern political gatherings depend on the internet to exist in their current state, the second point in the Mont Order society’s value system alluded to inevitable forms of globalization brought about by technology.

Although one type of globalization is negative, the type mentioned above is positive. It is negative globalization when one country tries to forcibly remake the world in its own image. When, on the other hand, there are winds of technological and social change compressing history and geography to create a more united global polity, that is positive globalization.

Rather than objecting to globalization in its entirety, we must distinguish between the inevitable forms of it and the imposed forms. What the Mont Order declared in its new code of values in October was its support of those inevitable forms, namely changes to civilization itself rather than new changes to hollow constitutions and ideologies.

As the text of the Mont Order’s second point itself reads:
The Order accepts positive and popular globalism based on the inevitable trajectories of technology to unite disparate people across borders. Our own identity is closely tied to events in the world, mainly involving technology, as the internet enabled this group to exist. We see how technology is escaping its creators’ designs and we celebrate this trend, which has also empowered us. However, we oppose with absolute conviction the neoconservative and neoliberal views of some major tech corporations including Google.
One Mont Order theorist mentioned that emerging technologies are “a big wild card” that could overturn the political order. Nanotechnology, which is also known as “atomically precise manufacturing” (APM) and threatens to replace whole existing industrial supply chains with miniaturized devices sufficient to keep in the household, is mentioned specifically. Most of the attention at the conference, however, goes to existing network technologies as a source of social change.

Of particular interest is the idea that those network technologies, being so radical in their potential to create a situation of equality and break monopolies on information, cannot be predicted or tamed by any current political elites. The whole machinery of modern states is behind the speed of modern media and political mobilization, putting those states in opposition to the people’s will because of their own inefficiency. Moreover, popular technologies are advancing and shattering the media landscape so quickly that their effects are not even predicted by the engineers who created them.

The Mont Order society, however, does comprehend the mystery. The theoretical framework for predicting the impact of recent and future technologies on states is well-practiced by both the Mont society’s members and Mont contacts in the political field, such as the social futurists.

An additional item of grave concern in the second point of the Mont Order society cannot be ignored by any responsible dissident. Some companies like Google work hard to portray themselves as anti-authoritarian and aligned with the axiom that knowledge is free, but they cannot be trusted.

Google has been seen cutting advertising features on the YouTube videos of small alternative media publishers. The Mont Order considers this to be a bitter attack by Google on the media revolution of the internet, giving preference to the higher bidders from the corporate media over the alternative media. Multiple commentators have pointed out these attacks on their YouTube channels, with US foreign policy critic Representative Press initiating a petition at to persuade Google to abandon any direct or indirect financial attack on small alternative media. Numerous Mont Order members have now added their signatures to this petition.

It might seem ironic, or even hypocritical, that circles such as the Mont Order promote resistance to technological and political monopolies by using the internet and following it up by celebrating emerging technologies like nanotechnology to redistribute power and authority. Surely, you might argue, these technologies are American in origin, so anyone who sees them as instruments of freedom must be under the sway of the cult of Western, US-led moral and political superiority. Furthermore, anyone supporting globalization is on the side of the corporate military globalization of US power.

One might also say that rifles are European in origin, so everyone who used them is, in fact, a supporter of colonialism. In reality, no invention has been more useful in the struggle against white colonialism than the rifle. Countless oppressed people can thank it for their independence.

Today, the reason countries are at the mercy of the superior technology of the West is only because technology has not been shared more evenly. There has always been a deliberate economic schema by the West, often called the “dependency” model, to deny most of the world’s peoples access to their own resources by denying them the scientific and industrial knowledge to fully exploit them.

The consensus at the Mont Order differs from most “Green” political rhetoric, by explicitly rejecting the luddite association of technology with coercion and oppression and preaching exactly the opposite. Technology is the source of liberation. The world needs more technology, more evenly distributed and available among rich and poor, in order to erode the injustices of hegemony and construct a more humane global alternative society.

For the first time in history, people are able to form and preach their own theories of the world and potentially reach audiences of thousands. It is not a time for people to feel isolated, censored or under the pain of grand conspiracies. Nevertheless, the authority figures who tightly controlled the airwaves in the past are no less determined to control them today. The only reason they fail today is that they are fighting against the very momentum of history, which has no interest in preserving their authority.

It doesn’t do any good for statesmen to try to control the media anymore. The chains of technology have evolved and spread so much that the task is now impossible. We have seen a desire on the part of states to “master” the internet, as they have termed it. But there is no evidence that the fiber-optic cable snooping techniques exposed by exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden have given states any greater ability to predict the future, make themselves safer, or react in any new way to crisis. Despite their excessive attempts to restrict freedom and monitor their citizens, Western governments today are more vulnerable than ever to the entire spectrum of opposition.

The most interesting ideology to have emerged through the internet rests on the axiom, already mentioned, that “knowledge is free”. Or, to put it as theorists of technological-social change called it even before the internet, the idea that “information wants to be free”. That idea has now carried all whistleblowers, pirates, alternative media commentators, and internet-led pressure groups to the same crossroad. Although they may differ among themselves, all these groups are lost together on one side of a great developmental gulf, a fracture in modernity itself. This is while the archaic and sluggish authority of all the courts, governments and the military-industrial complex has been left behind on the other side.

It is this developmental gulf that has now brought all Western democratic states to an ideological dead end from which they can no longer advance freedom, and can speak nothing but hypocrisy. It is also this historic gulf that the Mont Order society focused on in the largest and most important point of its program, because eventually the whole world must cross it.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Mont backing alternative media petition

The following petition at calls on Google to restore advertising revenue to small alternative media channels based on YouTube, and was signed by several members of the Order in recent days.

If you have not yet done so, please add your signature without delay. Google is discriminating against YouTube channels that contradict mainstream media and giving preference to corporate media advertising, to the neglect of small publications and freelance journalists. As Representative Press says, this imposes financial hardship on people who have invested their own time and money to bring the truth to their audiences via the internet.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Organizing without Organization (Dissident Voice)

On the First Point of the Mont Order

Via DISSIDENT VOICE on 8 November 2015

The internet has been called the largest experiment in anarchy. All online interaction seems to reflect this reality, and it is already necessary to respect it if one wishes to thrive online in terms of business or politics. In political terms, the internet drastically elevated the positions of common citizens, “hacktivists”, and even social movements.

Although the web has been with us now for quite a long time, it is still sufficiently new that its real potential to transform society has not yet been revealed. The second point in the Mont Order information society’s recent Seven Points program, which was developed by a council of five members in October of this year, addresses that mystery and our relationship to it. For now, the preceding point of the Mont Order’s new code must be considered, because it shares similar predictive power and is the necessary starting point.

The Order has clearly created an admirable model as an online activist group. It has demonstrated a capacity to grow, an ability to inspire devotion, and an ability to maintain relationships with networks of activists capable of real political pressure and change. Like Anonymous, it seats itself on a powerful meme, and the truth of any meme is subordinate to its popularity. Moreover, this article became necessary because it must influence existing devoted members of the Order and even greater reserves of candidates, who will receive their due blessing and support from Mont.

The first point addressed the kind of ideal organization anticipated by the Mont Order, both for itself and for aligned groups of activists and bloggers. That point can be called, in essence, organization without organization. The first point of seven states, “The Order maintains a philosophy based on collaboration, mutual support and grassroots coordination rather than traditional management.”

That means, as a principle, we might decide to shelter all who participate with us. Using the connections the internet brings, it would be no hard task for a determined collective to stand up and deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive any organized crackdown against a specific member. Any online affinity group can provide that cover to its members, as it is a fact that repressive governments or groups rely upon isolating their enemies in order to persecute them. Where only the elusive international Order can be tracked, and full responsibility cannot be placed on an individual, campaigns of persecution collapse with their own folly.

It is possible that the only reason Western governments are able to disempower their citizens by spying on their online habits is because the citizens are not party to a disparate enough collective, one dispersed even outside the jurisdiction of these regimes. Indeed, being party to an international collective not only denies these regimes power over you but robs them of their legitimacy, which is why such membership is a strategy for stateless strength and resistance across the globe.

As the internet radically reorganizes the way people communicate and coordinate, it wipes out the need for traditional forms of management and organization, piece by piece. No longer is it necessary for there to exist any kind of formal leadership, rules, politburo or legion of pamphleteers to disseminate a movement’s message for it. All the traditional mobilizing capabilities of a political party, media outlet or pressure group can be achieved without a formal organization or headquarters.

The constellation of technologies would actually enable a lone person to run a whole media outlet or social movement from his home. There are now multiple examples of such personalities to be found on the internet. Although that observation points to individuals gaining unprecedented power via the technology, one should never be dependent on one person’s apparent power or invulnerability. Personal activist brands developed online inevitably appear dictatorial, and they are coupled with a vulnerability to be being easily deemed illegal and taken offline at the behest of that brand’s detractors.

In order to survive disruption, alternative media groups and dissident movements will have to mimic the structure of the internet itself, linking to countless other sites and movements rather than emphasizing any single site or entity. By such means, they will entrench themselves, making it impossible to eradicate their influence without “switching off” the internet itself.

Microblogging websites like Twitter enable exactly the above entrenchment because of the ease of setting up accounts and pushing content through them, as well as rapidly building confidence and solidarity between the site’s millions of users. Already, powerful governments such as the Erdogan regime in Turkey have reacted viciously to Twitter, as well as YouTube, seeing no alternative but calling for them to be shut down.

If the internet can give activists the virtual trenches they need to withstand a legal and physical onslaught by the world’s most powerful governments to the extent that they see no alternative than to pull the plug, revolution in one form or another becomes inevitable. Events in Egypt, in which then-dictator Hosni Mubarak shut Facebook down, actually provoked enough outrage to give the Tahrir Square movement the social momentum it needed to succeed. For a government to switch off the whole internet would create an even more powerful tide.

Activists standing against the world’s most powerful regimes can take refuge in the internet. If we understand and mimic the social structure of the internet, promoting all solidarity and mutual assistance eventually between millions of users, the archaic states and authorities will find themselves powerless to silence the will of the people.

It can be predicted that applying non-traditional forms of leadership based on the internet could follow the Egyptian pattern, and put the political and media elite under so much strain that they have no option but to attack the grid itself and bring about a primitive collapse. By the same facts, the world’s most arrogant regime will spy on everyone, but it will not stop everyone.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Values of the Mont Order

Thank you to all esteemed members who participated in the October Conference of the Mont Order, conducted by global conference call.

The Order is striding into a new future. The values we convened to declare in October 2015 will be witnessed in the actions and steps of the Order to enhance its membership and its presence throughout the world in the coming years. These seven bold principles will define what kind of group we are and what kind of followers we embrace.

Inheritance, Equilibrium, Order

Mont Order decides on 7 principles

During a discussion of top members of the Mont Order society on 24 October, members put forward a series of thoughts and ideas that could be condensed into seven main values or principles for all members to observe, as follow.

A video is also due to be released by the Wave Chronicle, with the goal of presenting these values to the public and attracting new followers and members.

This is a change within the Mont Order. The Order has chosen to become more broken up and informal, with no official structures constraining its members. The idea is that this is a strength for a global scattered group which governs through the consent of its members.

This second point may be the most important of all. What distinguishes the Mont Order from so many similar activist groups is its understanding of how it came to be, in its current form. Recognizing the central role played by technology, the Order is prepared to make technological globalization, technological reach and knowledge circulation its main strength and its boldest, most unique principle.

Based on arguments made by existing members, this "demo-skeptic" view puts the Order into direct opposition to many Western governments, journalists and foreign policy think tanks.

The Order may seek to broaden its Muslim membership, and certainly expressed a strong understanding of the conflict situations and persecution that are the chief concern of many Muslims in the world today.

In this fifth point, the Mont Order attacks repressive regimes that have goals of conquest against other states or against local people who desire more autonomy, such as the people of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

This salient point expresses that the Mont Order will pursue what it sees as resistance, establishing that the Order will be part of the current axis of resistance fighting for the self-determination of oppressed people and against imperialist states.

In this final point, the Order announces that it will observe neutrality in the conflicts and debates between political parties and career politicians, in particular in electoral politics.

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