There has been talk regarding the idea of a hidden agent that goes by the name Q-Anon divulging coded messages to a fifth column of deluded followers who diligently decipher a steady stream of information “drops”. These drops are claimed to transmit complex numerological pattern analyses containing advance intelligence about imminent political retribution to the enemies of patriotism and liberty. Q-Anon centers on revelations and whistleblowing exposés, albeit in a very decentralized and decentralizing way.
Let us be clear: Q is not what you think Q is.
Q-Anon is political theory currently morphing into praxis as a social/political movement. It originated in American pop-culture during the early 1980’s.
Q first makes its debut appearance in the waning days of Disco with this 1982 cult classic song:
People were not yet ready to decipher the complexities buried beneath the surface of this interplanetary dance tune, however, and only a small band of underground space-disco fanatics took the message to heart. Q’s approach needed to leave the clubs and airwaves to reach the slumbering masses.
More of the sleeping masses were ready to awaken in 1999, when an Italian anarcho-Marxist writer’s collective named Wu Ming published Q, “a theological western” that has been translated into Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.
This historical fiction novel prepared the masses for action much better than the 1982 dance tune did, and the Q movement built up a broad base of support, extending even to the Muslim clerical world. A briefly-lived theological scholars group, the Jesus Seminar, which attributed the four gospels of the New Testament to a vanished proto-gospel named the Q-text overlapped with this phase of Q‘s inexorable expansion into global presence. The following video demonstrates the reach of this research group, which as recently as May 2021 was referenced by Muslim scholar Dr. Shabir Ally:
As Q has expanded and consolidated power, Q‘s detractors and critics have increasingly tried to cast Q in a less-than-flattering light. Certain media pundits mislabel Q as a tinfoil-hat conspiracy for Trumpists and right-wing cranks. Some have gone as far as to depict Q-anon and its adherents as dangerous extremists responsible for last January’s unrest at the U.S. Capitol. Others have made honest attempts to understand the true nature of this internet folk religion.
The following is from a 2020 article in Atlantic by Adrienne LaFrance:
You see plague and pestilence sweeping the planet, and understand that they are part of the plan. You know that a clash between good and evil cannot be avoided, and you yearn for the Great Awakening that is coming. And so you must be on guard at all times. You must shield your ears from the scorn of the ignorant. You must find those who are like you. And you must be prepared to fight.
You know all this because you believe in Q.
Elon Musk has come out in Q’s defense recently, however, so it appears that the long-awaited awakening may finally be at hand. And seventeen of Musk’s sentences contained exactly seventeen words each. Coincidence, hmmmmm . . . ?