In a very short amount of time, over a million different people from different walks of life have signed up to storm one of the most heavily fortified military bases on the planet, for the purpose of uncovering secret alien technology and other classified extraterrestrial information.
While not everyone to sign up for this event on Facebook is actually serious about going, they are at least having fun thinking about what it would be like to take on such well-fortified defenses. Even if this effort doesn’t amount to anything more than an awkward party in the desert, it sets an incredible precedent in the power of viral organization.
This Area 51 event, whether it is a joke or not, has shown us how quickly and professionally millions of people can organize when they are united towards a common goal. As many activists have pointed out in recent weeks, Area 51 is a bit of a strange target considering all of the more serious issues that seem more pressing at the current time.
However, the reason why the Area 51 meme has been able to generate so much excitement is because alien life is not politically divisive or socially triggering to any of the various groups currently embroiled in a bitter culture war. It doesn’t matter if you voted for Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton, or whether you voted for or against Brexit, everyone wants to “see them aliens,” and apparently they don’t mind setting aside their differences to imagine what it would be like if we were to actually storm a government compound.
More than likely, the scheduled invasion of Area 51 on September 20th will be nothing more than a small gathering of internet trolls and conspiracy theorists, who won’t dare to venture past the perimeter of the base. However, there are many important lessons to be learned from the Area 51 campaign.
The first and most important lessons is that it is possible to get large numbers of people to organize for the same cause when they set aside their differences. This is the reason why the Yellow Vests in France was such a force to be reckoned with, because they set aside their differences and had a common goal in mind.
Anonymous has shown that they have similar capabilities, with their “Million Mask March,” which stretched to different corners of the world and involved a well-coordinated effort to stand up against oppression.
Another lesson is the sheer force that these high-value government locations are protected with. The US Air Force has announced that they are prepared to protect the “assets” of the US Government, presumably with force if push came to shove. This much was proven last week in Tacoma, Washington when a 69-year-old activist was shot and killed while attempting to raid an immigration prison center. While it is true that a large group of protestors would likely have better luck storming a government compound than a lone infiltrator, the result will still be a bloodbath.
So, if we don’t storm some building and take it over, what can millions of people do to fight the system that is destroying the planet?
If people can organize correctly, massive peaceful non-compliance would shut the entire system down in a few days time.
For example, all of the guards at Area 51 are paid with money that is taken from US taxpayers, which means that most of the people who are planning to storm Area 51 are actually paying the salaries of the soldiers who are standing guard at the facility. If everyone in the country were to simply not pay their taxes, the government would no longer be able to pay any of the employees at Area 51, or the Federal Reserve, or Congress for that matter. Taxes are just one of the ways that we work to empower the system that we are fighting against.
The system that is in place requires our participation to continue, so if we all pull our participation away at the same time, we can bring the power back into the hands of the people. The organization shown in the current campaign to storm Area 51, shows that it is possible to organize people on such a mass scale for a common goal, even when that goal involves standing up against the system.
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