Alex Jones, a synthesis of every single internet commenter on earth

I wasn’t sure about gun rights, but having seen Alex Jones debate Piers Morgan, I’m now totally sold. As Jones explained:

We did it as a way to bring attention to the fact that we have all of these foreigners, and the Russian government, the official Chinese government – Mao said political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, he killed about 80 million people because he’s the only guy who had the guns – so we did it to point out that this is globalism, and the mega banks that control the planet and brag they have taken over– in Bloomberg, AP, Reuters, you name it – brag that they’re going to get our guns as well. They’ve taken everybody’s guns, but the Swiss and the American people and when they get our guns, they can have their world tyranny while the government buys 1.6 billion bullets, armored vehicles, tanks, helicopters, predator drones, armed now in US skies, being used to arrest people in North Dakota.

The transcript doesn’t really capture the entire madness of the monologue, which you need to watch.

He later calls Morgan a “hatchet man of the New World Order”, which is a first (he was editor of News of the World, which if you think about it, is eerily similar) and comments on Britain’s various problems.

Taking aside the issue of guns – which in the US is about two separate issues, the very tragic but rare spree killing, and the largely urban problems of everyday shootings, and it’s true that in Britain gun crime went up during the 80s, 90s and 2000s, while laws were tightened – Jones is a fascinating example of the internetisation of politics.

His belief that powerful, international forces control us and override democracy has always been around, and evolutionary biologists would say they represent a continuation of ancient beliefs in supernatural forces and gods. Certainly the decline of organised religion, with its dogmas and disciplines, has led to a proliferation of such fantasies, boosted by technology (the subject of Damian Thompson’s Counterknowledge).

So while the 1970s were full of paranoia, for example, the internet has allowed them to become more coherent (if that’s the right word). The paranoid colonise comments sections below the line, edging out sane and sensible voices until the thread becomes a ghetto of seething hatred and half and quarter-baked ideas (that’s why, as a rule, the average IQ of any online debate will decline by about a point every 20 comments).

Jones is like a synthesis of every single internet commenter on earth, brought into human form, fighting a one-man battle against the Giant Pedophile Armies with Nuclear Weapons. But it would be silly to dismiss his fears, which reflect genuine concerns about globalisation, the growth of non-state bodies and increasing consolidation of power and money by wealthy individuals. It also reflects divisions in America, too.

Following the fall of America’s mortal enemy in 1991, the 1990s saw a boom in paranoid fantasies about the new world order, the Zionist Occupied Government and various other shady power-brokers. The decade of Waco, Ruby Ridge and Timmy McVeigh, it also saw a huge growth in the militia movement, while the popularity of The X-Files reflected the strength of anti-government paranoid fantasies about things like Roswell (which like the JFK conspiracy, believed by large numbers of people when I was a teen, has been totally discredited, but hey ho).

In retrospect perhaps that phenomenon reflected the troubles faced by an increasingly diverse superpower, a country with seemingly little to hold it together. The decline of the militia movement after 9/11 suggests this, the country being able to unite as a western and Christian (or culturally Christian) country behind a common enemy – radical Islam (and to some people the first word was superfluous).

The War on Terror has sort of petered out for now, and we’re far more scared of technocrats from central banks; in the meantime, American politics is more divided than at any point since the Civil War, with armed Patriots groups proliferating. The Left seems to like the Weimar America theory, although it’s frankly bizarre to look at America’s growing inequality and division without accounting for demographic change and the modern idea of the proposition nation, a type of state that has never been tried before.

This all partly explains why America’s relationship with guns is so problematic, and why the federal government is not going to try confiscating 300-odd million weapons anytime soon. Would you turn up at Alex Jones’s house and try taking away his gun?

This article was published at Telegraph Blogs

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