25 Questions for the Rational #QAnon Skeptic

25 Questions for the Rational #QAnon Skeptic

by Martin Geddes, October 23, 2019

When two narratives go to war

If you are going to tell a heinous lie, make sure it’s a really humungous one, accuse the other side of all that you are guilty, and ensure facts do not get in the way of Your Truth™. These psychological warfare tactics — be they in the manner of Goebbels, Alinsky, or Orwell — make finding “true truth” a confusing and costly matter for the public. Many give up, forced by the urgency to slave away in the system that told and sold them the lie in the first place.

The United States — and by proxy all societies aspiring to liberty — is presently riven by a social and political divide, represented by two violently opposing narratives. We can characterise these somewhat cartoonishly as “#FakeNews” versus “#OrangeManBad”. I believe that the resolution of this difference is THE core issue in understanding the whole landscape of modern multimedia communications.

The “#FakeNews hypothesis” runs thus: the mass media is controlled, coordinated, and corrupt, what with it being run by a crooked Power Elite. It is a “mafia media” being used to cover for organised criminality by a longstanding gangster government. The mainstream media (MSM) uses gaslighting, propaganda, and mind control techniques to socially engineer public opinion. The #QAnon phenomenon is helping to prepare and guide a brainwashed population towards a difficult reality.

The “#OrangeManBad hypothesis” is the converse: the MSM is legitimate journalism that is broadly telling you the truth, and is reasonably trustworthy. They are doing their job of holding an often corrupt Power Elite to account. The President of the United States (POTUS) is a traitor and crook. As a consequence of this, the #QAnon phenomenon is a “conspiracy theory” that deserves no credence, legitimacy, or attention.

I accept that this is a false dichotomy — all parties could be evil, or Q could be the world’s smartest controlled opposition, or some other possibility. I acknowledge that whilst these two positions are mutually exclusive, they are not collectively exhaustive. For the sake of argument, since we face a polarity of opinion, let’s assume for now that it is a binary choice.

A primer on the semantics of Q

How can we decide between these diametrically opposed views — “silos of belief” — which appear logical and factual to their vociferous adherents? The #QAnon process appears to be constructed to resolve this dilemma by using simple reasoning — a kind of “Occam’s laser cutter”. This simplifies a wildly complex set of data, part of an information war battlefield, into a single rational choice.

In order to reason about Q and this dilemma, it helps to have a baseline understanding of what Q is. To borrow and pervert some terminology from computer science, Q has:

  • Both explicit and covert denotational semantics (the “what”) — being overt textual and image Q drops, together with various other hidden encodings of information (e.g. timing of drops, gematria).
  • Both explicit and opaque operational semantics (the “how”) — we operationally experience the drops happening on these exotic social media websites (which are “game reserves” for real free speech), but everything behind those “drops” is invisible to us, hidden by a veil of secrecy.
  • Unknown but inferable intentional semantics (the “why”) — the stated aim is to Make America Great Again via a Great Awakening. This could be a trick or a trap, and we can only decide by history unfolding in front of us.

Note that Q claims NO direct authority: the repeated exhortation is to trust yourself ONLY, do your OWN research. Q explicitly acknowledges that disinformation is mixed into the drops. This is in direct opposition to the way the MSM works, which asserts that they are credible as a result of their accumulated brand value and trust.

A “QAnon” is an “anon” (a typically anonymous social media user) who observes the drops by Q on 4chan/8chan/8kun, and performs their own research to vet and validate the data being offered. Q itself is not something that is “true” or “false” — the drops clearly exist, so it is a matter of how we interpret the trove of data offered.

The link between Q and POTUS is evidenced by what have colloquially been named as “proofs”, such as Q posting less than a minute before POTUS tweets. There are around 500 such “proofs”, which individually are merely “evidence”, but collectively form a strong basis of fact.

25 questions to ask yourself about Q

  1. Do you agree that the MSM has synchronised messages and similar wording when reporting on QAnon? Does this appear to support or refute the #FakeNews hypothesis?
  2. Do you agree there appears to be little to no diversity of editorial approaches and opinions on Q or POTUS? How do you make sense of this near unanimity across the MSM?
  3. The MSM has not reported on the specific content of the Q drops, only referring to them indirectly. How do you account for this journalistic choice?
  4. The MSM has not encouraged the public to examine the associated open source intelligence by QAnons (e.g. the daily “notables”). What does this say about their attitude to independent thought?
  5. The MSM won’t discuss the validity of the evidence of a Q-Trump link (i.e. operational semantics that are a question of proof that would stand up in court). Why do you think this is not covered in detail?
  6. The MSM doesn’t mention how Q tells you to reject any authority and to always research and think for yourself. How do you make sense of this in the context of the mass media’s authority and trustworthiness?
  7. The MSM has failed to analyse ways in which Q drops have foreshadowed major events. Why do you think this might be?
  8. The MSM rarely discusses psychological warfare, the art of deception, and the use of disinformation; and if it does, typically ends with a piece denigrating Q and/or POTUS. Which hypothesis does this appear to support?
  9. The MSM offers only a binary “Q is all true” vs “Q is a larp” (i.e. a hoax), rather than focusing on the content of the Q drops. How does this relate to each of the two hypotheses?
  10. The MSM won’t ask the “Q question” of POTUS, so that any association can be confirmed or refuted. Does this alone act as proof of the #FakeNews hypothesis, or not?
  11. The MSM won’t even discuss the existence of this contentious “Q question”. What is your theory for this rather glaring omission, and whether they are presenting both sides of the issue fairly and faithfully?
  12. The MSM hasn’t explored the extensive data supporting Q’s assertions of criminality (e.g. at the Clinton Foundation), even though there are ongoing DoJ probes (Huber, Durham, Horowitz). Why do you think this is?
  13. The MSM hardly ever mentioned 4chan, 8chan, or 8kun before Q. What might be the significance of Q in making these a sudden focus of attention?
  14. Those who reject the #FakeNews hypothesis in favour of #OrangeManBad typically reference MSM sources as evidence. Do you agree or disagree whether this is a form of circular argument?
  15. Many dismiss the types of questions here on the basis that Q is a ridiculous conspiracy theory unworthy of discussion. Do you accept or reject this as another form of circular reasoning, appealing to your hypothesis as an axiom?
  16. POTUS has not disassociated himself from Q. What political impact would the “exposure of Q” have on his political capital, and how do you account for his action in an #OrangeManBad scenario?
  17. There has been little to no speculation on who Q is by the MSM. Why might this be, given the significant following of Q?
  18. If Q has accumulated a large following of citizens who are being led astray, this could be a foreign power waging psychological warfare against Americans. Why do you imagine there is no MSM analysis of how the greatest intelligence apparatus in the world cannot identify Q, especially if it is an “individual in a basement”?
  19. The MSM doesn’t give any prominence to the many well-known Q researchers in their articles. Why might this be?
  20. If Q is “disproven”, why is there no analysis in the MSM of the propaganda techniques being used, and how Q exploits them?
  21. If Q is a part of a “Cult of Trump”, why does the MSM not offer kindness and compassion to “Qultists”, and present a viable path to show them the way out of their delusion? What does this say about the MSM’s values?
  22. If Q is a “larp”, does this suggest that Q has been given false authority by believers? What does it say about our belief in authority in general, versus reasoning for ourselves? Could the same false authority be applied to the MSM?
  23. Those who “come out” as seeing truth in the #FakeNews hypothesis are often ostracised or bullied into silence. What does this say about those who believe #OrangeManBad, and the MSM that forms their media landscape?
  24. When reading through this list of questions, did it raise issues or concerns that you hadn’t considered before?
  25. If so, why do you still believe the MSM? Aren’t they #FakeNews if they are withholding key questions, only presenting one side of a story, and telling you what to think?

I hope you enjoyed answering these questions and thinking for yourself. Even if, no — make that especially if — you believe #OrangeManBad. You are entitled to come to your own conclusion, without coercion or bullying by me or anyone else.

Personally, I believe the rational choice out of the two competing hypotheses is outstandingly obvious: the MSM is #FakeNews. This makes every question trivially easy to answer using simple logic, whereas #OrangeManBad demands absurd contortions and torture of the facts to fit the theory.


Crossing the Schism

October 20, 2019, martingeddes.com

Society is divided, and this is not natural: it is the result of deliberate social engineering. A shared reality requires many to “cross the schism.”

“A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” — (Perhaps) Donald James

Evil intent has artificially divided society

In 1991, Geoffrey Moore published one of the most popular business books of the modern era, Crossing the Chasm. This highlighted the difference between visionary early adopters of a new technology, and the more grounded needs of the pragmatic majority. Whilst those of an enthusiast mindset may be willing to endure significant complexities and failures to get the benefit of a product, that is not true in general. As a result many products fail to “cross the chasm” of mass adoption.

If we think of all technologies as being expressions of a core idea, then political ideas are “products” too, which are “marketed” to the public and “adopted” by some voters. A political “hot seller” in the United States right now is Make America Great Again (MAGA). Just look at the attendance numbers for Trump rallies if you have any doubt about its popularity.

MAGA in turn is a “brand” of the Great Awakening multinational movement, that seeks to overturn 2-tier justice and endemic corruption on a global basis. It is no secret that MAGA is a “Marmite” offer — that is to say, one which people either love or hate, with little middle ground. This divide is a schism in society, and one which cannot be sustained indefinitely.

My sense is that we are close to the moment where major events, long anticipated, break through into the collective consciousness. The socially engineered chasm of belief, which is not a natural phenomenon, is going to have to be bridged for society to survive and thrive.

A nightmare has been our reality

In the next few weeks many anticipate the Horowitz Report to be (finally!) published as part of an ongoing declassification process. As Inspector General of the Department of Justice, he is expected to reveal horrifying levels of corruption during the Obama administration. This has been covered up by a controlled, complicit, and criminal mass media — that has spun a vast web of deceit.

Whereas the Mueller Report was a nothingburger, this will be the opposite: the Watergate scandal multiplied by a force of one thousand. Huber and Durham are also working on their reports, revealing yet more treason, sedition, murder, trafficking, and (almost incredibly) worse — including a coup attempt. The mass media and entertainment industries face an apocalypse, especially as their evil culture is exposed.

The result will be a need for the “late adopters” and “laggards” to “cross the schism”, since reality is on the other side. Their illusions about the world will be shattered, and painfully so. It will be incumbent upon the rest of us to compassionately help them to realign themselves, however uncomfortable that is for both them and us. For we are all learning that many of our foundational beliefs about the world are built upon fraudulent claims.

I have recently come across a number of snippets of data that I believe will help those who have been victims of media brainwashing, and assist them to get to grips with the wickedness wrought upon them. These data points will also be of use to those who have already “crossed the schism” (or were never on the wrong side), providing a “rope bridge” that allows for safe passage over.

Nobody wants to discover mid-life that their mind has been sabotaged and their spirit abused. To gain a foundation for benevolent change we must acknowledge whatever is false as being a deception, and instead must identify with whatever is real. Ultimately this is about a personal growth journey from “dark to light”. It involves abandoning (unconscious) fear as our core driver in life, and embracing (conscious) joy in its place.

How evil authority usurps identity

As a lifelong graduate of the Jehovah’s Witness cult, I am very familiar with how good people with fine minds have their identity subverted and stolen. Lies that have been told over long periods — four generations in the case of my family — become so entrenched and embedded in the psyche and social structure that they can be almost impossible to escape from.

There is a superb 2005 book that covers this issue, which sadly is very hard to locate in paper form: it is called The End of All Evil by Jeremy Locke. Thankfully, anyone can download the PDF version, and for once I believe vital public interest overrides any copyright issues in urging you to spread it around. Here is the quote that I wish to highlight (my emphasis):

“Evil uses the authority principle to condition people to obey without questioning what, why or whom they are obeying. Destroying your identity to gain power over you is the modus operandi of evil.”

Here is how this plays out in our world. People buy into the evil illusion of authority of the mass media. They get the same wrong data from The Pravda Times, Pravda Today, Pravda News Network, Pravda Broadcasting Company, American Pravda, Pravda Street Journal, My Pravda, Pravdacast, Pravdabook, Public Pravda System, Scientific Pravda, Pravdaflix, The Pravda, and National Pravda.

They are all independent new sources doing honest journalism, right? Right? Well, no — they are not! All have been infiltrated and subverted to sell a single message of the incumbent powerful orthodoxy. Just because the Watchtower and Awake! magazines agree on an issue doesn’t mean you’ve triangulated opinion. These are just facets of one totalitarian system that has hidden itself very successfully — until now.

There is essentially no truly independent mass media in the United States at present. The corporate media is in the business of power and control over you, not truth to hold power to account. They achieve this by defining — in an Orwellian sense — what the very nature of truth is. To them, “truth” is whatever authority tells you it is. Anyone who rejects their authority to define reality — and asserts their sovereign right to think for themselves — is ridiculed and ostracised.

The problem of evil is not a new one

That evil works by assuming authority, and then deceiving people to hijack identity, is not a radical or new proposition. It is as old as any of our documented history. To make the point of its longstanding nature, the Bible — not a reference I typically use in my newsletters — brings this issue up in 2 Timothy 4:3, thus:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

That the public gorge themselves on comforting lies, much as they do with junk food, is well known. A quote (mis)attributed to John Swinton, former Chief of Staff of the New York Times from c.1880 runs:

There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. … If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

To question the veracity of the mass media in the present is not some radical proposition: it is basic common sense, grounded in overwhelming historical evidence. These failed media institutions are primarily agents of lawless power, and not individual liberty.

Evil exploits our base weakness

To understand why the public has such an appetite for falsehood, and how these patterns sustain themselves, we must draw back to the grandest possible sweep of history. It has been said that culture is upstream of politics, and religion is upstream of culture. The subversion of our beliefs over thousands of years leads to practical (and awful) consequences in the present.

A “spiritual lie” can be leveraged into a “cultural deception”. This then forms the basis for a “political fraud” — which infects every activity and type of organisation as a result. A quote by Delamer Duverus from the opening of Bill Cooper’s famous and prescient Behold a Pale Horse captures this thought:

truth can
be used as
a foundation for
a mountain of lies,
and if we dig down deep
enough in the mountain of lies,
and bring out that truth, to set it
on top of the mountain of lies; the entire
mountain of lies will crumble under the weight of
that one truth, and there is nothing more devastating to a
structure of lies than the revelation of the truth upon which
the structure of lies was built, because the shock waves of
the revelation of the truth reverberate, and continue to
reverberate throughout the Earth for generations to
follow, awakening even those
people who had no
desire to be
to the

So what might be the “one basic truth” that we have failed to recognise, and which might bring down the “mountain of lies”, liberating generations to come? The “big lie” is the idea that we are less than divine — that is to say of less than infinite intrinsic worth.

This in turn makes us seek validation by temporal authority in the ordinary world. It is an “identity hole” that we seek to fill via externally supplied spiritual meaning. The absence of that meaning — such as exclusion from the “respectable club” for wrongthink — then becomes a source of overwhelming fear.

Merely the threat of having our source of fake spiritual meaning taken away is a powerful leverage point for social control. That is our core vulnerability, our “information security” weak point, which is then “hacked”. Once our spiritual meaning “firmware” is subverted, it doesn’t matter what happens at the cultural “operating system” or political “application” levels. We can never be secure in our own identity.

We are in a spiritual war (like it or not)

The battle we presently face is one which seems to have raged throughout human history. Who gets to labour in the fields under a hot sun, versus who enjoys the feasting afterwards, gorging themselves on fine wine and nubile bodies? There have always been high rewards for psychopathy, and awful costs to slavery.

The harsh discovery is how the problems of modernity — like debt slavery from usury — can be traced back for millennia. We are in a long-term war of attrition and subversion by competing factions, and humanity’s present challenges have Babylonian (and earlier) origins. It’s a simple byproduct of how our deepest (manipulated) beliefs are those which have been around the longest (e.g the role of money and debt in society).

Without understanding deceptions that come from ancient history, few of the present hoaxes can be fully perceived. American artist Suzy Kassem captures this well from a modern Gen X perspective:

“Most of the time, we see only what we want to see, or what others tell us to see, instead of really investigate to see what is really there. We embrace illusions only because we are presented with the illusion that they are embraced by the majority. When in truth, they only become popular because they are pounded at us by the media with such an intensity and high level of repetition that its mere force disguises lies and truths. And like obedient schoolchildren, we do not question their validity and swallow everything up like medicine. Why? Because since the earliest days of our youth, we have been conditioned to accept that the direction of the herd, and authority anywhere — is always right.”

The fight between false external authority (like the corporate mass media) and the divine right to decide for ourselves (as we are self-sovereign) is the essence of this everlasting spiritual war. It is an endless fight against deception, infiltration, and subversion that demands obedience. We are always having our spiritual, cultural, and political beliefs manipulated by powerful psychopaths. Our identity is hijacked for their benefit — and our enslavement.

Intellectualism as a serious handicap

That the root issue lies in the spiritual realm creates a massive problem in our modern technological world. The presumption of the liberal, progressive, educated class is that their intellectual capability and credentials protect them from such deception. This is the exact opposite of reality.

A friend recently lent me the following classic 1962 book on Propaganda by French philosopher Jacques Ellul.


Ellul follows through by designating intellectuals as virtually the most vulnerable of all to modern propaganda, for three reasons:

  1. They absorb the largest amount of secondhand, unverifiable information;
  2. They feel a compelling need to have an opinion on every important question of our time, and thus easily succumb to opinions offered to them by propaganda on all such indigestible pieces of information;
  3. They consider themselves capable of “judging for themselves”.

They literally need propaganda.

This matches my personal experience. I am prone to believing what I want to hear, but I also happen to presume all offered belief systems are frauds — until proven otherwise — as a side effect of my childhood traumas. The pattern I see repeated over and over among educated and intelligent associates — especially those in the tech industry — is they feel that they are “too clever” to be deceived by emotional manipulation.

In reality, they are the perfect “mark”: they have mistaken intellectual intelligence for intuitive intelligence, and they are absolutely not the same thing. Their need for external meaning — resulting from the internal “divinity deficit” — is the strongest. They are the most prone to clutch at manufactured belief systems to fill this unconscious spiritual and emotional void.

Some things really are so stupid that only an intellectual would believe them! It seems in retrospect that the separation of science from divinity, and hence its divorce from moral philosophy, was a big mistake.

How to cross the schism — and defeat evil?

In conclusion, I would like to leave you with three thoughts that might help us to collectively “cross the schism” by reaching out to one another over the scary divide.

Love thy deluded neighbour

The classic exhortation seems almost trite, but it has a purpose here. People change when they reject a painful status quo, and feel (not think!) that change is to their benefit. Feelings are facts! They can hear the upside of change when it is offered to them in a kind and appreciative manner. If someone feels loved, they will be able to receive the gift of a pathway to positive change.

The cruelty of the social engineering that has been performed via mass media is to make those offering the truth appear to be hateful — “racist, sexist, xenophobic, etc.”. This could not be further from reality, but it is what it is. The growth challenge for those who have “crossed the schism” is to send “love letters” backwards, not “hate mail”. In a spiritual war zone, lovingness is persuasiveness.

Seek unifying synthesis over separating analysis

I offered the following thought recently on Twitter:

I can think of a many of prostitutes, junkies, and queers I know who exhibit kindness, empathy, and generosity — and who will be taking the VIP fast track entry into heavenly realms, whilst the judgemental, self-righteous, and sanctimonious may be ticketless and excluded outside.

In response I got the following erudite observation (edited):

To put it another way: God wants us to be compassionate and moral, not compassionate OR moral. Half of humanity justifies immorality by their compassion, the other justifies indifference and hostility by scrupulous moralism. Duelling hypocrisies.

The analytical mind sees the dualism of “two sides”, and attempts to pick the “best” one. The synthesist, on the other hand, works to reconcile the difference. Beware falling into the trap of “duelling hypocrisies”.

Create beauty: it is a universal language

For myself, I have taken up photography as a means of rebalancing my intellectual intelligence with my intuitive side. It has done me unbounded good, helping me to appreciate the ordinary, feel gratitude for any place, and experience more of the joy of being alive. It is indeed a divine activity, reconnecting myself to the would around me in a “present in the moment” and sensual manner.

The works I have produced are — I am told — often beautiful, and I share them at the end of every newsletter for a purpose. It is not just to show off my talent! Rather, it is to offer the one thing that we can agree on: that the world around us, that we all share regardless of contradictory belief, is a beautiful one. Even if my words repel someone, they know I am human.

For we humans are all divine — of infinite worth! We can naturally reconnect to one another via our innate and shared sense of beauty. Spiritually grounded art is a tool that helps us to cross the (temporary) cultural and political schism that separates us.


“The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.” — (Also perhaps) Donald James

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