QAnon is labeled a new face on the world’s oldest hatred: Antisemitism. It is blamed for promoting and spreading Antisemitism. Both things seem true. But there is a third powerful association between Antisemitism and QAnon. They both incite the idealistic masses against an imaginary evil power, thereby keeping the real exploiters of humanity out of focus.
During many epochs, many regimes have kept some Jews in the limelight, visibly serving the powerful, making it seem as if they would have any power of their own. And when the sucked-dry populace would revolt, antisemitic leaflets would ‘appear,’ channeling the anger toward the Jews. After ransacking and murdering in the Jewish Quarter, the perpetrators’ guilt would make the revolt stop. The real oppressors won again.
QAnon does the same. Pushes all the worst buttons: pedophilia, murder, grand-scale theft, national humiliation, powerlessness, exploitation. Baselessly accusing leaders of these things makes well-meaning people fall for con artists whose main goal is to keep the super-rich super-rich.
Experience taught the rabble-rousers that no lie is too big to be believed. ‘Hillary Clinton eats baby corpses from satanic rituals.’ ‘Mass vaccination to stop a pandemic is an assault on our freedom and means to kill us all.’
So, realize and remember: QAnon misleads to distract our attention from the real oppressors to keep our exploitation going. This, on top of playing oppressed groups against each other — as I highlighted yesterday.
And QAnon will not die, just like Trumpism won’t go away. Rather, they will morph into something even more ridiculous and destructive.