In This Issue
Vol. 25 Issue 27
How Qanon Controls Hundreds of Thousands of People
- The QAnon Strategy
- Why Polling Numbers Are Not a Guide for Electoral Outcomes
- Targeted Behavioral Polling
A month or so ago, something happened that caught my attention. It was a simple thing – a Facebook video of two surfers trying to hand out free masks on California’s Venice Beach.
But in this case, the passersby being offered free masks didn’t just provide a varying range of opinions about masks; they didn’t just decline them. No; instead, they became visibly furious. One man even came after the surfers, threatening a physical fight.
The irrationality of this furor is what caught me. What’s more, the same level of fury continued to show up in other videos of non-mask wearers exploding in stores around the country when faced with the prospect of masking up.
Now, you could just dismiss all of these mask naysayers as irrational jerks and move on. But in my experience, this level of fury is often a sign that information warfare is at play. That the individuals in question have been primed with an underlying story specifically tied to what would normally be considered a mundane object. In this case, a medical mask.
To those who don’t yet know the underlying story, the response appears completely irrational.
But once you begin to understand the story behind the fury, and you take a moment to absorb the fact that people actually believe that story, it suddenly seems not just understandable, but entirely rational.
So let’s take a minute to understand the story behind these mask reactions:
Thanks to a massive information-warfare campaign / live-action role-playing game / religious cult acting in real time across 8Kun, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and television news, hundreds of thousands of people, if not more, believe that coronavirus was intentionally released by liberal and government elites in order to control people.
They believe that the news about masks and quarantine and food shortages is hype – fake news reinforced by PR campaigns and mass media to spread fear among everyday citizens so that they can be more easily controlled. They believe that there is already a cure for COVID, but that “the government” – in this case defined as everyone except Trump and his people – is trying desperately to make sure it doesn’t get out. They believe that Trump is fighting wildly from the inside to expose this elite cabal, which includes Hillary Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein and Barack Obama, and which traffics in pedophilia.
In this universe, being asked to wear a mask is indeed an infuriating thing.
And the author of this universe, known only as Q, is anonymous.