This morning I reads AWA’s excellent post The Victors Write History v. The Internet Is Forever.
He is absolutely correct.
I just wanted to add to it.
When the great empires of antiquity would conquere a land, it was normal for them to put the sages of the conquered land to the sword, then burn all the religious texts and writings of the conquered.
There was a reason when the Romans conquered Judea they sacked and burned the temple.
Islamic conquerors did the same.
The goal was to leave no evidence of the vanquished culture behind that could give them a memory of who they were before they were conquered. Especially something that could take root and revitalize the vanquished culture and/or lead to rebellion.
The history of the story of Hanukkah is that the Jews hid their religion and kept it flourishing secretly under Greek rule, and then successfully fought a rebellion expelling the Greeks.
In modern times, the Soviets and Maoist Chinese had to continuously rewrite history and engage in active oppression to maintain their victor status.
The passage from Orwell’s 1984:
He tried to make her understand. ‘This was an exceptional case. It wasn’t just a question of somebody being killed. Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished? If it survives anywhere, it’s in a few solid objects with no words attached to them, like that lump of glass there. Already we know almost literally nothing about the Revolution and the years before the Revolution. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. I know, of course, that the past is falsified, but it would never be possible for me to prove it, even when I did the falsification myself. After the thing is done, no evidence ever remains. The only evidence is inside my own mind, and I don’t know with any certainty that any other human being shares my memories. Just in that one instance, in my whole life, I did possess actual concrete evidence after the event — years after it.’
That was based on what the Soviets actually did.
So now, given what AWA said, where do we from here.
We remember what really happened and it’s documented all over the internet, which can’t be burned or obliterated.
The more they try to actively rewrite history, the more people will call “bullshit!”
So what methods are they going to try and use to do what previous victors have done to obliterate the memory of the before times so the party is always right?
We know they influence Facebook and Twitter.
Could they shut down blogs like ours?
Throttle our bandwidth to nothing.
Criminalize the truth as misinformation?
As Miguel often quoted, they can’t stop the signal, but I bet they damn well will try.