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All military endeavours ought to be of a selfless nature, where you voluntarily put at risk your own ability to turn a commercial profit or even live a life, with (literal) "skin in the game" of returning to peace and ending the violence. Outcome is inherently a collective glory.
I have put in many thousands of hours working on bleeding-edge computer science and putting what I have learned out there in public at no charge. (Example - qualityattenuation.science.) I have a lot of experience of performing altruistic endeavours on little to no budget.
In the military, you are (in theory) working for the common good. There is a system of recognition and reward for developing your skills and applying them. In a standing army, a salary relates to the scarcity and value of your skills, and the level of responsibility you take on.
We are at an inflection point where there is going to be a lot of demand for insight and guidance with respect to the massive changes of #TheGreatAwakening. The coming collapse of #FakeNews media and #DeepState #EmpireOfClowns has no comparable precedent in most people's lives.
The purpose of #QArmy is to informally institutionalise the previously independent and largely uncoordinated efforts of critical thinkers and independent researchers. We are proud to be accused of being "conspiracy theorists" seeking empirical evidence of fraud and crime.
Going back to my telecoms work, I simply ran out of money (and then out of debt financing...) to continue the public-spirited adventure. Basic science and mathematics that challenges an existing paradigm cannot be funded by that paradigm; it is a threat to the established order.
The joy of being part of the #QArmy movement is the free sharing of open source intelligence. Our mission is to create a knowledge commons of "sauced" data points, and to use epistemological rigour in relating them. "Conspiracy theorists" are hardcore socio-political logicians.
Those working on the chans as anons get no direct recognition or reward for their effort. That's the nature of the chans, where Q posts drops to the #QAnon analyst community. This model requires either self-sacrifice, or external sources of support. Thus it can only scale so far.
As #QArmy takes up the responsibility of being the new news media, we cannot expect the whole of society to relocate to the chans. We have to meet ordinary people where they are at, on social media as well as in meatspace. There are "shoe leather" outlays to perform the latter.
Artificially inflated marketing budgets laundering money through corrupted ad-funded media will come to an end. New institutions will form, and new ways of funding the knowledge commons will emerge from the ruins of the old and corrupted model. This all takes time to roll out.
The present social media landscape works by harvesting your attention, your identity, and your creativity. It has no intention or incentive to respect your sovereignty or to protect and enrich the knowledge commons. Indeed, we see the exact opposite of control and censorship.
There is a dangerous conflation that I see of being a profiteer with being paid.
We are a hive mind that is engaged in a parallel construction of previously secret and classified information. Being unrewarded for valued work is aligned to the exploitative human harvesting model.
The anon model of the chans is necessary for it to function, and cannot be reconciled with reward that pays your bills. It is our responsibility to adequately resource ourselves, and there are many ways of doing this. To be selfless is to forego profit, not mission effectiveness.
I currently pay around £40/month just to Mailchimp just to distribute my newsletter, which generates no collateral business upside for me. I have turned my core professional asset over to this movement, with its reputation for fresh thinking built up over many years.
If I suddenly get a 10x or 100x jump in the number of newsletter subscribers as this whole "mother of all scandals" #FISAgate breaks, I simply cannot afford to foot the distribution bill. It would consume everything I earn! This is before you consider any of my time and labour.
Having run myself into the ground (financial and wellbeing) once before on a "make the world much better" mission, I am very wary of those who celebrate how they do not seek any reward at all for their #QArmy and #TheGreatAwakening work beyond an inner warm glow of satisfaction.
We are entering a new phase of public justice and societal transformation. What got us to this point may need to evolve to get us through new scaling and growth challenges. Such "crises of growth" are a well-documented organisational phenomenon. mindtools.com/pages/article/…
This is a real war against institutionalised organised crime, and it's expected to involve weariness and loss. The burden will never be shared fairly or equally; those who give their lives (and there are many lost warriors and crime victims) being the obvious case. Nonetheless…
…if we are to take on the responsibility of being the new media, then we need an adult conversation about participating in some of the rewards—at the very least to the level that compensates for out of pocket costs and covers subsistence for valued #QArmy citizen journalism.
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