“In memory of the countless men and women of all creeds or nations or races who fell victims to the fascist and communist belief in Inexorable Laws of Historical Destiny.” – Karl Popper
For the past couple of years, I’ve noticed fairly obvious nation-state kinds of ‘disinformation’ creeping into the social media space. As I started to trace the roots of this disinformation phenomenon, I found most roads led to ‘Third Rome’. (Heck, the author of the Third Rome doctrine might even have been the person who introduced the legend of Dracula to Russia!)
It seems that the Third Rome mythology has guided a lot of the choices which Russia has made as a country, from the time of Ivan IV, through the Soviet era, and to the present day; where revanchist iterations of Soviet Communist and Orthodox Tsarist propaganda masquerading as “culture war” and occultism continue to poison our discourse and threaten our cybernetic development. Altogether it has me strongly opposed to the persuasive politics of cyber-authoritarianism and doubling down on my ‘Team America’ jokes.
Unfortunately, it is the rest of us who have to live with these delusions of the medieval era. Unlike the Nazis, the ‘intriguing’ elements of Russian society which have promoted these atrocities of ‘hate and state’ have never been held accountable.
I’ve called this blog ‘n01r’ because it deals with ‘black’ propaganda (French ‘noir’), black magic, cyber warfare (0s and 1s), ‘surrealistic’ humor noir (black comedy), and that Orson Welles was a revolutionary filmmaker in the film noir genre. (Most importantly, the simple four character dotcom domain was available.)
Orson Welles is one of my most common subjects apparently based on my body of work (and was a nearly-transparent Russian influence agent who unites many of the themes present in information warfare – from antifascist fake news, to ‘false prophecy’, to Communist racial agitprop, conspiracy theory, and anti-Americanism). I continue to feel strongly that Welles can be used as a helpful instructive aid which bridges the kinds of Cold War-era “active measures” described in the Mitrokhin Archive with what we experience today in cyberspace.
At the end of the day, it is the goal that this blog is correctly analyzing and considering contrasted issues evenhandedly; although it is my blog and I will utilize ridicule against my perceived enemies at my discretion. I’m also American, and I like it here. Perhaps you will get value from my historical bashing of occultist Russian information warfare and their associated useful idiots.