Will Anonymous Become the Great Equalizer?

The once infamous hackers have shaken off their image of sophomoric pranksters and emerged on the world stage as a serious digital posse of hacktivists.  From Egypt, to Libya, to Wisconsin, this amorphous collective of wireless wizards have shown impressive strength and proficiency.  Their ability to respond quickly and effectively to situations around the globe put traditional government and military forces to shame.  They’ve executed their operations with an increasing level of effectiveness, impacting the abusive powers whom they target, while respecting and protecting critical services of the innocents they support.

As their ranks swell, so does the depth of their collective personality.  From youthful beginnings Anonymous has matured into a force to be reckoned with.  Actions are carefully considered, contingency plans established, and outcomes weighed.  The speed and responsiveness of a collective community allows for the simultaneous consideration of a multitude of options, the processing of objectives, and the establishment of action plans, or operations.

Operations Payback, Paperstorm, Leakspin, Egypt, Libya, Wisconsin, and KochBlock have each elevated the functioning level and responsiveness of Anonymous.  While none have been a failure, each endeavor has built on the strengths of the last.  Technology, ingenuity, and flexibility have been the key to Anonymous’ success.

In each case that the Anonymous collective has arrived at a consensus and executed an operation a full statement of their goals and reasons have been published with a clarity that the governments of the world seem unable to accomplish.  Their reputation for effectiveness is quickly becoming rivaled by their reputation for integrity.


As the uprising for democracy and equality grows across the globe, so will the role of Anonymous.  Unrestrained by borders, time-zones, corporate funding or politics, Anonymous is becoming a crucial force in that struggle.  Free from authoritarian leadership, and seemingly immune to traditional forms of repression, Anonymous may be the best hope we have of ensuring that the Internet stays accessible for activists, organizers, and revolutionaries.

As global capitalism tries to hang on to a faltering empire voices of dissent will be met with more and more severe obstacles.  As the status quo is challenged, the challenge to those seeking justice will be increased.  A strong, flexible, responsible support system will be needed to realize the changes envisioned.  Anonymous has already become a significant actor in world affairs and is only beginning to scratch the surface of its true potential.

We can all be a part of that support system.  We all should be a part of that support system.  Anonymous is not a closed community, does not have an application form, and does not collect dues.  While Anonymous is pretty much ubiquitous on the web, if you’re interested, you can start here.  Anonymous provides the possibility for possibilities and is quickly becoming the great equalizer.

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28 Responses to Will Anonymous Become the Great Equalizer?

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    March 3, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Anonymous has REALLY impressed me by what they are doing and why. They know they have an obligation to fight tyranny around the globe, which is part of the reason why authoritarians around the world fear and hate them so much.

    Their actions remind me of Burke: “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1zaxhax
      March 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      dont lable us as hacktivists. not all of us are.

  2. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1John
    March 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

    This gives me hope when I see little reason otherwise.

  3. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1A_Watcher
    March 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    No question about it; Anonymous has changed the way we confront the issues that matter most. They’ve given those who’ve been silence a voice. Totalitarian regimes find themselves unable to stop or even fully restrain dissent when it arises. The Iranian and Chinese governments are finding this out to their dismay. Jailing the few dissidents they can catch won’t stop new ones from coming out of the woodwork and they can’t cage them all. Nor can they kill them all. They won’t be able to keep up. Soon they will be overwhelmed by sheer numbers.

    And they will collapse into the dust of history.

  4. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1parvent
    March 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Sometimes things aren’t as they appear. That is the case with this website. Half of the people there are disinformation specialists from the church of Scientology.

    One such specialist is a novice attorney specializing in family law from White Plains New York. He has given pompous legal analysis of this case that most always turns out to be an apology for the legal system, and why Scientology should never be questioned in a court of law.

    If you question his legal theories on the website, you end up getting kicked and banned from it. Half of the moderators have also been co-opted by the cult.

    Look to other sources if you’re looking for true information – and not disinformation.

  5. +18 Vote -1 Vote +1Sky King
    March 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Liam I don’t think you know what you’re talking about. This is a website that has been co-opted by the church of Scientology. They run it. There is no anonymity there. Just try to logon and the first thing it wants is your e-mail address.

    I suppose that there is some benefit to the Scientology cult to be in the middle of a bunch of kids trying to influence world affairs. I’m sure Scientology has, and will continue to benefit from its CIA contacts, and Nonofficial Cover forward bases throughout the world.but, there is no idealism here. Just a bunch of kids being used for somebody’s notion of a greater purpose.

    Why We Protest is a con. You will find that out soon enough if you dare to become a member … If you are on the other side of their agenda. You are going to be kicked and banned, followed to other websites and outed and attacked.

    Liam, what is your motive in writing a piece FOS like this?

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1SungoWungo
    March 4, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Oh wow, OK this really does make a lot of sense. Wow.

    http://www.total-privacy.ie.tc

  7. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Todd
    March 4, 2011 at 11:35 am

    They look even more like script kiddies and clearly inexperience and easily manipulated by baiting. People do DDOS attacks and use known vulnerabilities on web sites all the time. The news people will slowly figure out it’s just not interesting.

  8. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Nina Stratton
    March 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I’m not relying on Anonymous for anything – have y’all been to 4Chan? Their actions so far have been laudable, but one of 4 Chan’s mantras is “not your personal army”. I would hope they would carry on now that they have some successes under their belt, but I suspect it’s going to take one arrest or just a lot of long, boring time to fizzle out the group.

  9. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1ANTIFA
    March 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Anonymous is not a fixed entity. It can’t be judged by its past, or even its present. Every new participant adds to what Anonymous is and will be. Anonymous is one of those ‘Be the Change You Want to See’ things. Regardless of its genesis or past adventures Anonymous is evolving organically and that evolution will be reflected in its future actions, proficiency, and success. ‘WE’ are Anonymous.

  10. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1safasf
    March 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Is this a joke? Anonymous does not have integrity, they do not protect the innocent, they do more evil than good but people only seem to notice when they are helpful.

    • -4 Vote -1 Vote +1James
      March 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

      You dont understand the concept of anonymous. EVERYONE is anonymous. YOU do more evil then good, YOU condemn the actions of others. ANONYMOUS is not a person, its a social entity comprising of every person. And just like regular people (unless your some drone), they are able of doing both good actions and selfish actions. The fact that your able to do both evil and good does not discredit you from doing the latter.

  11. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Brother
    March 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Nina Stratton, Rule #1 and #2.

  12. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1anon
    March 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    who wrote this is a huge faggot.

  13. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1anonymous
    March 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Those here that disagree or do not understand;
    Anonymous is only a label for reference. Please consider or research the encompassing philosophical constructs that apply to this article’s abstraction, subject and supposition.
    Fallacies should have no place in areas of debate.
    Seek first to understand, then to be heard.
    A well informed opinion is never wrong.

  14. -7 Vote -1 Vote +1anonymous_coward
    March 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    These guys are like the boondock saints of computing

    right on

    thank you anonymous

  15. -7 Vote -1 Vote +1Raymond Burr
    March 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    We have our work cut-out. Thanks for trying to balance the table. We will fight.

  16. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Greg Plummit
    March 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I have very little to offer as far as computer skills go, but, if you guys EVER need a plumber, LET ME KNOW!

    • Vote -1 Vote +1anonymous
      March 7, 2011 at 3:13 am

      We have some turtles and a dragon in our pipes…they stole our princess. WE could use a plumber and his brother.

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  18. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Lisa
    March 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    You have no clue what anonymous is. Your circle jerk is a waste of bandwidth.

    • -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam Fox
      March 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Lisa, please enlighten us.

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  20. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Joe
    March 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Fake letter is a fake.

  21. Vote -1 Vote +1Alec
    March 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I would like to know a little more on HOW they will help Libyans the above posts show a great deal of confusion and possible misunderstanding. I appreciate the idea though.

  22. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1anonymous
    March 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    “Unrestrained by borders, time-zones, corporate funding or politics.”
    This brings up a really good point. Anonymity and privacy are important to a democracy. Elections are held anonymously so that we cannot be influenced by other’s opinions or expectations.

  23. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Casey
    March 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This gives hope if not anything else, they are like the boondock saints for real Junk Removal Atlanta

  24. Vote -1 Vote +1dzineblog360
    March 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

    very gooood

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