Google is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s telescope today. Poor Galileo was not well treated in his day for sticking to the same observation the Flaming Lips make in their song, “Do you realise”, namely that, “the Sun does not rise, it’s just an illusion caused by the world turning round”. From Wikipedia:
Galileo’s championing of Copernicanism was controversial within his lifetime, when a large majority of philosophers and astronomers still subscribed (at least outwardly) to the geocentric view that the Earth is at the centre of the universe. After 1610, when he began supporting heliocentrism publicly, he met with bitter opposition from some philosophers and clerics, and two of the latter eventually denounced him to the Roman Inquisition early in 1615. Although he was cleared of any offence at that time, the Catholic Church nevertheless condemned heliocentrism as “false and contrary to Scripture” in February 1616, and Galileo was warned to abandon his support for it—which he promised to do. When he later defended his views in his most famous work, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in 1632, he was tried by the Inquisition, found “vehemently suspect of heresy,” forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.
Google today is one of the champions of freedom of information – except when censoring websites for the Chinese and other Governments. The pioneering search techniques, personal publishing and communications tools – and other innovations the internet giant has brought to us, are part of the most sweeping political change to occur in two thousand years or so.
The invention of large scale officialdom and the official world-view it presents as a coherent and self evident set of truths ushered in a period of small scale human acquiescence and large scale dominace through power that persists as the fundamental underlying fabric of our society today.
The Internet puts that entire web, fabricated from truths, half truths, downright lies and outdated beliefs at risk of crumbling. In fact it is crumbling. As individuals stop looking to their televisions and governments to tell them what is the nature of reality and begin on a large scale to discern and sift that information for themselves the established political process is becoming irrelevant.
This was foreseen as clear as day by some leaders of the American right – and seen as the danger to their established order it represents. Unable to declare open “information warfare” on their own citizens without fear of revolt, it needed the invention of the war on terror to galvanise the minds of the people into allowing their hard fought freedoms to be taken away from under their feet.
So today if you live in London, on average, you will be caught 300 times on CCTV cameras – cameras that have been shown to cost £20,000 per crime solved to operate and which 80% of produce pictures of too poor quality to identify criminals.
Your web-browsing habits, emails and phone calls are all stored on a personal database at GCHQ in Cheltenham, Gloucester. Using social topology mapping software this can be used to make a map of who you know, where you go and what you do. How you think can be deduced to no small degree from this information. And it is no short step from there to knowing what information to feed you to lead you to thinking a certain way or influencing your choices towards those which are “best” for society.
The internet threatens everything the elites of this world have worked so long to establish because the lies upon which they base their logic will be undone by it’s very presence. Hence the threat to it from new ideas being pushed by big government, Rothschild and Rockerfeller think tanks and the big media coalitions.
The Government can force you to be vaccinated against “Swine Flu”, even though the vaccine being used in Europe has never and will not be tested on humans. And knowing last time such a thing happened in the USA in 1976 that one person died of the flu and an unknown number of the vaccine (because as numbers mounted the American Medical Association ordered doctors that unless a person died within the immediate 48 hours following vaccination their death must be assigned to other causes – even when they were totally healthy prior to vaccination).
Science is no better ruler of what we “best” do now than the Vatican was when it placed Galileo under house arrest and starved the world of his brilliance. Just look at the biggest experiment they have ever undertaken – CERN’s Large Hadron Collider – which blew up when they turned it on.
If you think politicians are any better then have a think back about the last year or so of world politics and finance.
We have had two thousand years of “democratic” politics and it has not solved a problem yet. Mainly this is because it is, by it’s very nature, undemocratic in the way we employ it – and subject to total infiltration by select groups with personal or other agendas. The stated agenda of “serving the people” is rarely any where near the top of the heap of priorities of a politician.
The image based way we select amongst two groups of (mainly) elite public schoolboys to run this country gives us poor service. It really is time for change. Modern communications can make this world a better place. They give us individual power at the cost of centralised power. Centralised power is fighting back with all it can – but as it steals all it’s power from the single biggest lie – that we “need it” – it will fail.
Long live the people.