Today we received a lesson in how Anonymous works.  It isn’t an easy thing to get an understanding of what this group represents.

At first look, Anonymous appears to be a bit of an unfocused lot.  It is a serious political movement, but it is made up of a very diverse group of people.  Each person has different skills, and they have different issues.  Nevertheless, it was described as a multifaceted coalition, not (as it had always appeared to me) a random collection of people with diverse beliefs.

The unifying belief seems to be freedom of speech, especially on the internet.  Never stop the free flow of  information is one of their basic tenants.  Through that, they want to provide an antidote to an uncaring world, and the world appears to be pretty uncaring.  It seems that the unifying theme of everything they do is to care for people in an uncaring world.  One description given was that the Anonymous coalition believes that the system we live under isn’t broken, it is designed to be uncaring.  Therefore, the things that they do that fundamentally disrupt are justified.  And, lets face it, the things that fundamentally disrupt are pretty much going to be considered to be illegal in the eyes of the law.  Hence it is in their best interest to do things not secretly, but anonymously.

Corporations are, by their nature, designed to maximize profit.  That is not something that Anonymous made up, they teach that concept on the first day of business school (Full disclosure, I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.-Rick)  There is no room in a corporation for a sense of right and wrong, they taught, only a sense of legal and illegal and profitable and unprofitable.  This is not to say that a corporation should treat its employees badly (its bad for business) or that a corporation should never give money to charity (its good for business if done right and you get the “free” publicity.)  Corporations do not have a sense of morality, you need humans for that.

Anonymous wants to protest against that uncaring world.  Here is a place you can get a fuller explanation:

If you enjoyed that video on the link, I recommend the only interview with Edward Snowden that I think is worth hearing… the conversation he had with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his program “Star Talk.”  The Star Talk conversation is about what is real and what happens, and Tyson avoids all elements of what is good/bad or legal/illegal or moral/immoral.  He completely remains in Tyson’s own wheelhouse: what is real and what is imaginary.

(by the way, there were members of our congregation who did attend the November 5th Anonymous rally at the statehouse in Columbus… but they were wearing masks.)