Tuesday, September 4, 2007

PSYOP Auxilliaries

PurpleSlog found a very interesting blog: Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group. A blog that is exploring the same kinds of ideas that I've been thinking about as the Strategic Citizen. It's always a relief to find that I'm not the only one arriving at these conclusions.

Cannoneer No. 4:

There are a lot of reasons and excuses, but the bottom line is that the regulars have left the home front undefended in the battle space that counts the most in this war, the area between the ears of the American voter. 
Nobody in the government is going to do much to oppose the enemy’s strategic communications campaign. Half of their political masters profit from the enemy’s unchallenged, unopposed, unmitigated 24/7/365 barrage. 
We’re going to have to counter the propaganda ourselves. 
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We the People, those of us not subject to military justice, not vulnerable to having our promotions stalled by vengeful politicians,  and not constrained by law from targeting domestic audiences, will have to perform the counter-PSYOP mission.

Exactly, absolutely, 100% right. As I have said at another location:

What we are talking about is creating a movement in which people are inspired by the ideals and a vision of the American Experiment to take action on their own, independent of any centralized control and guided by their ideals and values. The specific kinds of non-violent action available to us are many and varied. Any type of media, technology, activism, rhetorical technique and organizational form is there in the tool box. What I would like to see is a proliferation of dozens perhaps hundreds of organizations all promoting pro-liberty, pro-American ideals and working to counter the postmodernist left and Islamic fundamentalism. How do we inspire people to do this?

I keep coming back again and again to ideas, attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and interpretations because that seems to me to be the primary battlefield. Alinsky references the well-known statement of John Adams that the revolution had taken place in the minds of the people before the war was fought. Something like that needs to happen now. This is the kind of thing that operates at a more fundamental level than electoral politics. This is about what people believe about their country and ultimately what they believe about themselves. We need to be striving to create this kind of a revolution in the minds of the people. So whether we call it 4GW, meme war, media war, culture war, whatever, I don't care, but it needs to be done.

Hopefully we will soon reach a tipping point and we will see the spontaneous emergence of many small groups dedicated to waging the war of ideas, perceptions, interpretations and narratives, because this is what it is going to take to win.

2 comments:

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

That tipping point may be here:

Cyber Warfare: David and Goliath

phil said...

Hey C#4,
Thanks for passing that along, it's a good read.