By Billy Roper

What if you suddenly found yourself without the internet? How much would that hinder your access to news and information which you trusted? To what degree would you suddenly feel isolated from people who view the world as you do, from those who share your political perspective, for example? How would you react? Would you feel lost? Alone? Afraid? Anxious? Depressed? Blind? Cut-off?

Has your political activism devolved into a spectator sport? Are you just a voyeur and public complainer and bitcher, at this point? What would you be, without your modem and your smart phone? Are you merely wasting your life waiting for somebody else to do something that you can repost about and think of a clever remark to accompany? Is that what we’ve become?

I’ve written before about how the internet has been a two-edged sword, exponentially increasing the speed and breadth to which our ideas spread out and penetrate, even at less depth due to the white noise of information overload amid the universally leveled playing field of democratized “Enter” keys. The Overton Window of political discussion has been shifted towards nationalist and populist memes, while the need for physical organizations and their efficacy has been eclipsed through the educational and social function of online chatter. The echo-chambers encourage, reinforce, and radicalize new people as well as the best speech or most flamboyant demonstration at the U.S. capitol I ever made could have, day after day. But how much have we lost, in our new dependence on the internet? How vulnerable have we become, due to our reliance on it?

What would you do, if you couldn’t get online? Would you pick up the phone and try to call the few people whom you know, whose numbers you have? How many of them would you be able to connect with in real life? Without e-mail or IMs? How many do you know personally? For more immediate access, in case of a crisis situation, how many people have you networked with who are within an hour’s drive of you? ICANN could mean a slow burn of access to websites which some foreign government feels is ‘politically incorrect’. Many countries have ‘hate speech’ laws which are counter to our first amendment protection against censorship. Many multinational corporations, whose weight will be felt under ICANN, prefer silencing dissent to nurturing free debate, as well. But, that’s not the only way we could lose the internet. Imagine an EMP attack which made most automobiles unusable by frying their electronics. How many friends do you have within walking distance? How many of your neighbors do you know? How many do you trust?

Think about how easily the internet could be pulled out from under us: your favorite forums and blogs becoming lost due to their numbers having been reassigned randomly by ICANN, the aforementioned EMP attack, a “temporary” Executive Order ostensibly designed to curtail online terrorist networking, martial law being declared, or the wholesale acquisition of control of the interwebs by multinational interests such as the U.N., which do not support freedom of speech. It might happen in one fell swoop, or piecemeal, as one website and forum disappears at a time. You might wake up one morning, and it all would be gone, or so heavily censored that it might as well be, as far as we’re concerned. Thousands of Indian and Pakistani IT professionals and their busy little brown fingers could make quick work of the few thousand websites and social media platforms which we depend on to stay informed and in touch. Are you willing to put all of your proverbial eggs in one basket? Isn’t that what we’ve already done?

What to do?… As my readers know,  I never point out a problem, without also offering a solution to it. I heartily encourage offline networking. Brush up on your irl social skills. Find your local or county Republican Party, NRA supporters chapter, or Tea Party group, go to a meeting, and seek out the most radical members. You’ll know them when you see and hear them. They’ll sound like you did, before you got fully woke. Chances are, in every room, there’ll be a few of us. Work your way in without scaring them off, right off the bat. Be helpful, and offer to volunteer. Slip them the red pill. Get to know your local police force, find out which ones are the strongest defenders of local rule and the second amendment. Focus on the city and county level. Is there a shooting club in your area? Think about what kinds of people tend to be sympathetic to our cause: blue collar workers, agricultural producers, and the ex-military. People who have moved to your area from places more “diverse”. A high percentage of veterans are on our side. Try to know them, even if you haven’t served. Attend City Council sessions and School Board meetings. Get out and meet people. Call your old friends and reconnect. Make an effort to do some real world recruiting. Become an active part of your community, and a known person of influence, in a positive way. The day will come when the connections you make with local law enforcement, business owners, farmers, elected officials, and veterans will matter more than how many likes you have on facebook. The number of people you can talk into helping man a roadblock four blocks down to defend your neighborhood will be more important than the number of Twitter followers you can pile up. This is not a simulation. Something very real is coming, and we all need to remember that the balkanization will not happen online. That’s not where we need to be most active. Like the old R.E.M. song says, “Stand in the place where you live.”

Some day, the internet may no longer be there for us. If that does happen, and you get bored without your online games to play, come look me up. I’ll hand you a shovel to dig pits with, or a rifle to help me fill them.

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