Since we’re all just doing hypothetical, theoretical spitballin’ here, let’s open the floor. Let’s say a hypothetical group, not us, were to stage a meetup, further to organizing Fight Club / Project Mayhem-style. On D day at H hour, we’ll all go out in the streets wearing an all-white Pats baseball hat with an upside-down American flag pin on the brim* (such that people who live in Greater Boston etc. don’t accidentally start blabbing about Our Thing to unsuspecting fans). We’ll loiter at the busiest shopping area within a ten block radius of our houses for an hour. When you recognize one of your own, give him the “OK” sign. (Be subtle-but-clear about it). Then find a way to surreptitiously exchange contact info — maybe carry a business card that you can “accidentally” drop as you pass — then check back here for further instructions.
[Again, don’t actually do this. This is just a thought experiment. We all love Big Brother here].
It seems we’ve already hit an insurmountable problem. Even if we assume that Rotten Chestnuts isn’t under surveillance by the Feds (and lately I’ve been noticing a floral delivery truck marked Flowers By Irene circling my block), we’ve just transmitted the key piece of information in the clear. Even if we communicate in unbreakable cipher from here on out, at some point you have to transmit the instructions for picking up your secret decoder ring in plain text…
Once you get the code, though, the problems persist. I assume any such group would be an “organization” only in the loosest sense, but even there, someone has to be Tyler Durden, keeping track of what all the Fight Clubs within Project Mayhem are doing. Remember, the key to this whole (entirely hypothetical!!!) thing is that everything it does — everything — is 100% perfectly straight-up LEGAL. (One of Tyler Durden’s top priorities would be to get some crack lawyers into the Club). Tyler would need to be able to track activity, and enforce discipline if necessary. In other words, there would need to be some loose group communication, if only to keep track of things.
And as the movement grew, the need for coordination would increase. I’ve already suggested a way to keep in touch — a fake (or hell, even a real) discussion board. I suggested a “pickup artist” community, as they’re already eyeballs deep in conspiratorial lingo, but anything sufficiently specialized and dorky will do. A baseball site would probably do the trick (VORP! WHIP! BABIP! It sounds like Batman fighting the Riddler back in the Sixties). The idea is that you can communicate in all-but-plain text, piggybacking on their jargon. Look for posts by “Hubert Q. Fakename” after 12/2/2018 (I assume it’d be easy to go back and fake time stamps, such that Hubert looks like a longtime poster? Software people, please help).
Which raises another problem. I assume that piggybacking on existing jargon would fool search algorithms (again, where my comp-sci brothers at?), but it’s still hosted on a commercial site, and people have to log in with IP addresses, user names, etc. I know there are ways around this — TOR and whatnot — but a) I’m sure TOR itself was developed with some back doors, and b) more importantly, you need people tech savvy enough to use this kind of thing. I’m not, and I doubt most kids are. (Remember, the key word in any mass movement is “mass.” Meaning you’re dealing with the dead center of the bell curve. If most people are idiots, then what does that say about our membership roster?). Everything would have to be 100% plausibly deniable, without your average poster realizing it.
[While I’m sure it’s possible to set up some kind of super-secure, ultra-encrypted server in a secret lair somewhere, that would be a big neon sign for the Feds. Setting up a home server in her goddamn bathroom was actually the smartest part of Hillary Clinton’s whole caper — surely the Media-certified Smartest Woman in the World wouldn’t be so stupid as to do that, so nobody bothered to look. She botched it, naturally, but the initial idea was pretty clever].
Last, and most important, are the face-to-face meetings. Intimidation — completely legal intimidation — is the whole point, and that requires visibility. The Left’s greatest advantage is that they can do this in the clear, under their own names — it’s not a crime to say “gosh, it sure would be a pity if someone doxxed you.” It’s not a crime to retweet it. And that’s how they get you. I’d suffer zero penalties, legal or social, if I did that openly, under my own name, as a Left-winger, targeting a right-winger. It’s not a crime for us to do it, either, but we all know that we’d immediately put ourselves in the crosshairs of every liberal busybody in every government organization nationwide (which is to say, pretty much all of them).
This is why it’s critical to make the uniform — the ballcap or whatever it hypothetically is, theoretically — a fashion thing before making Fight Club’s existence known. That’s also why it’s important to choose an obvious variant of something already popular. Who knows, maybe that group of pissed-off young guys is just the local Pat fan club, and the team just lost? What are you going to do, haul every Chad and Stacy from Local U down to the police station for a chat? Get ready for a flood of phone calls from pissed off administrators, teachers, and parents!
And with that, you’re right back to the start — how do we even make ourselves known to each other (theoretically), without blowing OpSec all to hell in the first five minutes?
I have no answers. I’m pulling all this straight out of my ass as I type (and it’s all a thought experiment anyway). I’m sure it’s covered in Spycraft 101 at CIA school, but unless you’ve got the manuals (or, better yet, firsthand experience) I don’t think that’d do us much good. Plus this is the Internet, where 1 in every 5 guys is a ninja paladin Green Beret who got kicked out of SEAL Team Six for being too badass; nobody would believe you anyway. I know a few of you are comp-sci types, so you could probably knock together a solution for the middle stages, but the “getting to know you” part seems hopeless in the modern urban surveillance environment.