Understanding reality is nowadays a chimera. As it has always been: the difference is that this is finally visible to everyone. Knowing, not to know, is not a confidential information to Socrates anymore, but it is evident to the whole humanity. Knowing that you cannot move anything, therefore, is the great disillusionment that put an end to the dream of participatory democracy, emancipation, equality and fraternity. Two hundred years after the French Revolution, everything innovative in that cataclysmic event has been denied, annihilated, humiliated.
Understanding which claims are credible in key territories such as science, politics, economics, military technology and power management is today just as impossible as, using the democratic representation system (by voting), hoping to change for the better the fate of civilization. Complexity has always existed: the difference is that nowadays it is used as a hammer to dismantle any belief, because some cornerstones of the social organization have failed. The Ten Commandments dictated by God to Moses, which, for centuries (regardless of the religious doctrine with which they were imposed), have been the basis for the morality of the western world (and not only the Christian one), are today questioned. Maybe you can kill someone. Maybe you can steal, dishonor your parents, adore fetishes, lie, all in the name of an individualism, which rules the world without the logical limit of the initial idea (my freedom ends there, where I hurt your freedom or bring you danger or threat), which is the most childish part of selfishness.
Prudence, fairness, civil courage, a sense of justice, honesty, doubt, are taught as weaknesses and are experienced as such. Arrogance (which is synonymous with smug ignorance), laziness, violence (especially that which comes from fear which, in turn, is almost always ignorance), lust (which is the use of sexuality as an instrument of power, and not pleasure), envy, anger and avarice are suddenly not only acceptable qualities, but well seen. The Christian Church, with its cynical hypocrisy, is among the main culprits of this profound and apparently irreparable change.
This subversion of values had a revolutionary significance. Today, as at the end of the 1920s, a large part of the population prefers a annihilating Holocaust, a bureaucratic, cynical and sadistic dictatorship to a complex democracy in which one does not understand what the solution to problems could be, it is not believed that political movements exist that know this response and apply it; everyone perceives the fact of being completely impotent and, especially in the last twenty years, at the mercy of the impositions of political, economic and military power, and, moreover, completely subjugated, in the expression of any own opinion, to a machine of power more and more efficient, more and more invasive, more and more deadly. Making a gesture of challenge today does not make sense. Conspiracies only work if power supports them (for reasons we will never know); defiant acts, even those sensational as setting oneself on fire in protest, are turned to something else, interpreted by the media system as something perverse, dangerous, ignoble.
This shouldn’t make you believe that almost all of humanity wants only selfishness, infantilism, ignorance and destruction. On the contrary, as the Italian intellectual Enrico Cisnetto writes, the vast majority, at least in Europe, believe in the same values as seventy years ago – but has no longer a political representation, is excluded from electoral competition, its culture is excluded from the official circuits, the media ignores it. We live, in short, in a dictatorship of a few imbeciles, bloody fools, and their feudal lords.
This development had been predicted by many intellectuals already sixty years ago. In 1974 the Italian poet Giorgio Gaber, who called democracy “a superstition”, commenting on the development of American society, said: “Freedom seems within everyone’s reach, like the guitar. Everyone sounds the way they want, but everyone sounds the way freedom demands” . Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened. Today, anyone wishing to claim does not find an echo. Many people who protest in the street do not know exactly what to offer, and are instruments to increase the level of fear of the population. If, on the one hand, cynical and non-empathic selfishness is advocated as the founding value of humanity, on the other, the dictates of geopolitics are used, which are the conceptual rendering of the annihilation of personal freedom. Geopolitics says: Germany does, Turkey thinks, China says. As if they were outlined and coherent units. As if it were not obvious that, within a community, it is impossible that there are 80 million Germans (or Chinese or whoever else) who think the same way on any topic.
Mark Birdsall, founder and chief editor of Eye Spy Magazine, the oldest and most reputed espionage magazine, in 2013, in his essay “The Future of Intelligence in the 21st Century”, wrote that military and industrial espionage of the past are not needed anymore to explain reality, revealing secrets, but only to identify targets to be hit blindly, without worrying about the consequences. Today – he writes – information abounds everywhere, it is no longer hidden, but there is so much of it that it is almost impossible to put it together, analyze it, explain it. So, Birdsall concludes, of the ten espionage specializations, only one helps to understand the world: the analysis of public and available knowledge, what he calls Open Source Intelligence. Well, this is what we are trying to do. For us, for anyone who has the patience to read us, as well as for those who are at the beginning of their information journey and, miraculously, retain the great constitutive virtues of a human being: curiosity, empathy, solidarity, perception of justice and the greatest, most dangerous, most fought and most expensive good of all. Freedom.
 Giorgio Gaber, Sergio Luporini. “Io se fossi Dio”, F1Team, Milano 1980
 Giorgio Gaber, Sergio Luporini, “L’America”, in “Libertà obbligatoria”, Carosello, Milano 1976
 Mark Birdsall, “The future of Intelligence in the 21st Century”, The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, Abu Dhabi 2013, page 3. Available at https://www.ecssr.ae/wp-content/themes/ecssr-child/split/100-The-Future-of-Intelligence-in-the-21st-Century_Preview.pdf