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This Is Why the Freedom Convoy and Dogecoin Are Part of the Same Movement
This week, the Canadian Freedom Convoy captured the Internet’s attention as thousands of truckers rolled from British Columbia to Ottawa in protest of medical mandates.
The convoy is the latest in a string of protest movements popping up across the globe to return power from institutions back to individuals.
These movements leverage technology, memes, and peaceful occupation to remake systems from the ground up.
The world is shifting beneath our feet! Let’s take a look at how it’s changing for the better.
On Thursday, the Internet's spotlight landed on a 40-mile convoy of Canadian Truckers protesting medical mandates.
The protest is reported to include at least 50,000 truckers and has raised over $9 million in donations.
The convoy went viral on social media, but legacy media either ignored the story or gave it less-than-serious coverage.
In a brief statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the protest a "small fringe minority who are on their way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views that they're expressing."
According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, 85% of drivers have been vaccinated. The protest is an assertion of bodily autonomy and a statement against mandates foisted on the trucking industry by Canadian and American governments.
While authorities downplayed the convoy, it was clear to anyone watching that it was a pretty big deal: a large North American protest movement with the power to influence international supply chains.
By the time the convoy rolled into Ottawa on Saturday morning, it was too big to ignore.
As legacy outlets played catch-up to acknowledge the remarkable series of events, new ones unfolded, including reports of PM Trudeau fleeing the capital to a secret location and truckers preparing to dig in for years.
Whatever happens, the events of the convoy are a sign of a tectonic shift in media happening before our eyes.
Trust in the mainstream credibility declined significantly in 2021, in part because of the perception that its primary allegiance is to its sponsors.
As mainstream journalism has struggled, independent Internet journalism has stepped into the breach to pursue truth on the public's behalf.
Joe Rogan exemplifies this trend. The trust he's built among his listeners has allowed him to demolish similar cable TV shows in the ratings.
Part of the reason is that Joe reports on internet phenomena that legacy won't touch.
As his influence has grown, he's become a more frequent target of mainstream outlets, who cast him as a spreader of 'misinformation.'
Recently, mainstream outlets reported on a letter signed by 270 doctors protesting disinformation on the JRE.
When the letter was examined, it turned out only 100 of the 270 people had medical degrees.
Signees included “over 50 PhD academics, around 60 college professors, 29 nurses, 10 students, 4 medical residents, and even a handful of…science podcasters.”
These kind of attacks have failed so far, but suggest that old media views Joe as a threat.
This week, he began an interview with Canadian spearfisher Valentine Thomas by playing video of the trucker convoy.
Already simmering, the topic went viral.
With news of the convoy spreading, Elon tweeted his support for the truckers.
As the discussion snowballed, he called attention to the link between the official pandemic narrative and erosion of freedoms.
Notably, Elon engaged with the Dogecoin community on the topic of medical freedom, retweeting a Lord of the Rings meme and liking another meme trolling the UN.
The fact that medical freedom and media fear programming was being discussed at all is significant.
For the past two years, skepticism toward the official pandemic narrative has been discouraged by both legacy and social media.
Now, the narrative looks like it's changing before our eyes.
The convoy illustrates stunning discontinuities in our media landscape, but, amazingly, it's part of an even bigger process.
Our decentralized moment
The truckers' convoy is a crack in a larger rift between the legacy and digital worlds.
As governments across the world increased control over their populations over the past two years, individuals used technology to engineer new forms of freedom.
A dominant theme has been the creation of alternative systems of money (crypto), communication (independent media), and culture (NFTs) from the ground up.
This transition to decentralized systems in its early stages.
While Elon has been a harsh critic of institutional overreach, he's also been encouraging people to dream about a freer future.
As the physical world becomes more digitized, Improvements in artificial intelligence could quickly reshape the world, bringing unthinkable power to regular folks.
Produced at scale, the Tesla Bot could eliminate the need for human manual labor and free people to do whatever they want with their time.
The combination of these technologies could make self-sustaining financial freedom a reality for millions. States and countries could even use crypto mining to fund UBI projects.
Off-the-grid education looks increasingly attractive to many, as homeschooling doubled during the pandemic.
Political commentator Dinesh D'Souza suggested Elon safeguard intellectual freedom with an alternate media and education ecosystem. He seemed to consider the idea.
The fight between people and institutions for control over the financial systems has been especially intense.
For over a year, retail investors have been fighting a pitched battle against the financial establishment to bring fair markets and decentralized currency to the masses.
The value of censorship-resistant money was highlighted when mainstream media reported that GoFundMe blocked the Canadian truckers from accessing millions in donations, though the reports were later disputed by a spokesman (a Bitcoiner) from the convoy.
There have been no official news reports about the convoy accepting crypto, though the idea of a Bitcoin-fueled trucking protest has popped up in memes.
The past week also saw a surge in crypto-related political activity, with politicians in Arizona, Texas, Ohio, New York, Belgium, Russia, and Brazil contemplating ways to plug in to the Bitcoin network.
Dogecoin, the world's foremost anti-establishment asset, made its own power play when Elon offered to eat a happy meal on tv if McDonalds—which earlier tweeted a fry-eating Doge meme—would become Mickey Ðs.
Doge might still be too hot to handle for the fast food industry, but McDonald's doggy dalliance has even the crypto establishment shaking in its boots.
In the long-term, Bitcoiners, the DogeArmy, Truckers, and other peaceful protesters will become stronger through unity.
Advances in technology give the people new tools to curb excesses by authorities.
Pro-freedom movements will have more success if they direct their energies toward solving common problems than fighting each other.
Dogecoin is Freedom, and the Dogecoin Army stands in solidarity with other peaceful, freedom-promoting protest movements across the world.
The end of the control paradigm
We live at an incredible moment in history.
Technological process is accelerating the rate of change in our lives. The future could look nothing like the past.
Part of this growth is freedom from old systems of control.
The Canadian Freedom Convoy is a historically significant protest movement to check the erosion of medical freedom.
It illustrates how some major events are recognized as important by the Internet long before they make it on the mainstream radar.
The convoy is also the latest in a series of off-the-grid movements taking place in education, energy, and finance.
Dogecoin is way out at the bleeding edge of this process, so anti-establishment that even some in the crypto world are afraid to touch it.
Truckers, the DogeArmy, and other people's movements will succeed if they can work together and meme their way into the conscience of global humanity.
Dogey Treats: News Bites
GameStop: Rise of the Players is a documentary about the meme stock movement. Its debut took place at AMC theaters on January 28th, the one-year anniversary of Robinhood pausing trading. Apes Together Strong is another forthcoming documentary about the meme stock saga. The New York Times published a skeptical retrospective of the Reddit rebellion.
The Federal Reserve issued a report about the digital dollar.
Robinhood released beta crypto wallets to 1,000 users.
Squid Game will get a second season.
Record number of Americans are quitting jobs and starting their own businesses
The Fed made trillions in clandestine loans to banks Nomura, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs in 2019.
Adam Aron revealed that close to 100,000 investors redeemed "I own AMC" NFTs.
Facebook and Instagram are planning to integrate NFTs.
In a surprising reversal, Nancy Pelosi signaled her possible support for a congressional trading ban.
Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel called for the end of the Federal Reserve.
In response to an article about Sweden's decision to recommend against Covid vaccines for kids, Elon tweeted "I am in awe of Sweden." He also tweeted a handful of memes in support of medical freedom, and continued to critique the Biden administration's treatment of the public and Tesla.
Memes of the week
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