Alex Jones

Calm Down, Alex Jones, Calm Down

Alex Jones might be a good guy. He might really have good intentions. He could be a good actor or just very paranoid. I really don’t know. Regardless, Alex Jones has made a mockery of himself lately. It is time that a conservative states some things very clearly. Alex Jones represents jumping to conclusions, not reason. While he might represent a jittery, chip-on-shoulder version of liberty, Jones also serves as something for our enemies to point at and use to discredit us. It is time, then, that we examine Alex Jones.

Jones didn’t just suddenly appear recently. He’s been hosting a radio show for over ten years. But Alex Jones is much more than a radio host. He has also been involved in producing and hosting numerous documentaries. That being said, Jones has not been a Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Recently he gained some attention in both the mainstream and conservative media.

Integral in the attempt to get Piers Morgan deported, Jones recently appeared on Piers Morgan’s television show. Jones failed to recognize the environment he entered—a hostile environment that left him wanting to explode—and realizing the necessity of remaining calm and rational. That is not to say one should not be passionate, but he didn’t take the situation into account. Did he make good points about the right to bear arms? Yes, he said the right exists to allow citizens protection against hostile entities, no matter where they come from. Did he cite some evidence? Yes. But these were not where he went wrong. In terms of presentation he continually exploded and interrupted, waving papers and acting rudely. Jones also began shouting about the New World Order, “suicide pills,” and “globalists.” This is where he went wrong.

It is rather easy to get a handle on Jones’s views. As a radio host not as widely broadcast as Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck, Jones makes it simple to hear his show: he offers it as a free podcast on iTunes. With only a few clicks, you too can listen to his three hour show, delivered daily for free. That isn’t all, though. I don’t hesitate to say that Jones runs one of the most generous Youtube channels, drowning the viewer in over twelve-thousand videos. His full documentaries (many exceeding two hours) are easily found on Youtube, as well. He also runs the websites Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.tv.

I encourage the reader to look into Alex Jones. This is a short article cannot fully detail all of his views. It is interesting, just for the sake of learning something new, to further research him.

Briefly, I will list some of Alex Jones’s views. He supports the Constitution. He is a 9/11 truther. He believes that the secret society Bohemian Grove is a gathering place for the globalalist elite, where they practice Satanic rituals and worship Molech (a statute of an owl). He thinks FEMA plans to use internment camps, akin to concentration camps, after a false flag (i.e. an event staged at the hands of the government to gain power). He also has been influenced by and frequently features on his radio show the British conspiracy theorist David Icke. A proponent of New Age beliefs, Icke asserts that the world is controlled by a species of Satanic, shape-shifting reptilians; the Illuminati are broadcasting an alternate reality to the masses, who are under a form of hypnosis; and the moon is a spacecraft used by the reptilians for broadcasting their messages. Another frequent topic on the Alex Jones show is the government and psychotropic medications. While an excellent case can be made against psychotropics and their harmful effects, Jones takes it to another level. Instead of stopping where I did—at reason, science, and evidence—Jones goes further to argue that the mass shootings in our society are directly caused by the government. He further explains that the government stages these events in order to take away our guns. Although one cannot doubt there are many in government who would like to enact rigid gun control, I don’t see the evidence of the government using the Newtown shooting and other massacres as a false flags.

At this point we have encountered a key of part of what Alex Jones does. His information may be summed up as thus: 10% news/information, 90% speculation. Yes it is true, Alex Jones does, at times, cite real news. He did point out that Adam Lanza was a devil worshipper. There are moments where he does talk about real historical events (like Operation Gladio). He also advocates for natural and homeopathic approaches to medicine. But instead of drawing the line at what can be known, Jones takes things a step further. Like all conspiracy theorists, Jones then begins to speculate. Might it be true that the government is behind the Newtown and Aurora shootings? One cannot completely know. But declaring that the Federal government is purposefully causing mass shootings is pure and utter speculation.

Some might be asking why I’m spending time even discussing a conspiracy theorist. First, examining Alex Jones provides a compelling reason to not jump to conclusions. Be very skeptical of the government, but don’t jump to conclusions or tout speculations as truths. Keep seperate what one thinks one knows from what one speculates. And, finally, be careful about what is cited as “truth” or “evidence.” There is a vast difference in referencing David Icke or Judge Napolitano.

Second, Jones was on Piers Morgan’s show for a reason—the liberal media are not complete imbeciles. They knew that Jones would jump at the chance to be on a mainstream show and how he would behave. The mainstream media wants to portray the Second Amendment’s defenders to be belligerent conspiracy theorists. We must know Alex Jones so that we may point out what I have already done.

If Alex Jones or one of his fans read this, I’m sure I’ll be pronounced a globalist or a pawn of the New World Order. Then again, I’m probably under a form of hypnosis.

Christian Lopac | Wabash College | @CLopac

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  1. Harrison
    Apr 07, 2013 - 11:51 PM

    Alex Jones is right about the health effects of water fluoridation.

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  2. Sarge
    Jan 14, 2013 - 05:58 PM

    I’ll snap my fingers three times and you can “snap” out of your hypnosis.

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  3. Christopher Rushlau
    Jan 10, 2013 - 02:44 AM

    The left only has one myth: Israel is a democracy dedicated to Jewish values and based on the rule of law.
    The right has sold its soul to the Israel movement (like Canada has, in the past couple of years–a startling spectacle to behold), leaving the right almost no popular foundation. It has Democratized itself, done to itself what the Democratic Party did to itself: tied itself so closely to Israel that it can’t say a clear thing about national security or any other topic since the prior claim of Israel to repose in blissful obfuscation makes any clear statement about anything at all a demographic and existential threat to Israel’s legitimacy and security. Right: total confusion.
    So you’re back where you began. “Be the change you want to see.” That’s Mahatma Gandhi. I think that’s his lawyerly way of saying that the opposition must constantly think in terms of what it will do when it gets into power. In our case, there is a complete vacuum of civil virtue, truth-telling tradition, as a result of the anti-Communist idolatry which segue-wayed seamlessly into the Age of Israel. So your first act of political activism in the desire to restore the constitution, if I can put it that way, is generally as you describe: being reasonable means having evidence for your theories. Idolatry is the idea that some ideas are so great that they don’t need any evidence. “If you believe strongly enough, you can have it all.” You have to be ready to say to such sentiments, “If you want something real bad, that’s generally how you get it.”

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    • Mark
      Jan 14, 2013 - 07:21 PM

      Seriously, is everything always the fault of the Jews?

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  4. Trilby
    Jan 09, 2013 - 10:56 PM

    Conservatives may want to think about why conspiracy theorists, fearmongers, and paranoid agitators are disproportionately among their ranks.

    Both sides have people who exaggerate and even lie to get media attention (and more money), but it seems fairly easy to see that right-wing base gives these people much more staying power by tuning and following:

    Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, Rev. Falwell, Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump, Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, etc.

    I’m not saying these people have never expressed rational viewpoints, or that no liberal public figures don’t frequently say stupid things. But those figures show a consistent and pervasive attitudes and statements that are extreme- whether they are anti-gay (saying they caused 9/11), endorsing birtherism, or frequently and egregiously spread misinformation (death panels in Obamacare). This puts them in a separate world from conservatives like George F. Will, William F. Buckley, William Kristol, Ron Paul, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, and others.

    I’m also not saying there are no liberals with extreme views or who often exaggerate or lie about facts to further their arguments, but I just don’t think the left has such pervasive myths like birtherism, death panels, or crazy religious beliefs while polls show many in the GOP do.

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    • Matthew
      Jan 10, 2013 - 04:36 AM

      Just another example of a leftard that has no idea whatsoever what they are talking about.

      Alex Jones, Donald Trump, Ron Paul and Chris Christie are not conservatives. That’s your first error.

      Second, conspiracy theorists (like the 9/11 truthers) are not exclusively conservatives or even Republican. Look at Charlie Sheen, the idiots behind the “Loose Change” videos or those who appeared on Penn & Teller’s “Bull$hit” episode regarding 9/11.

      Third, nobody has ever said homosexuals caused 9/11. Ever.

      Fourth, it is a fact Obama isn’t keen on health care for the elderly: “I don’t think that we can make judgments based on people’s spirit. That would be a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules that say that we are going to provide good, quality care for all people. End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we’re going to have to make. But understand that those decisions are already being made in one way or another. If they’re not being made under Medicare and Medicaid, they’re being made by private insurers. At least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off, uhhh, not having the surgery but taking, uh, the painkiller.”– President Barack Obama, June 24, 2009, ABC-TV

      Please know what about what you are saying before you open your mouth. Kthx.

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      • Trilby
        Jan 10, 2013 - 11:57 AM

        Matthew.

        Apparently some of those people don’t meet your curious (and unknown) definition of conservative, but most people would agree they are figures in American conservatism.

        Second, I never said truthers were exclusively conservative, I said conspiracy theories like trutherism, birtherism, etc. seem to attract more conservatives.

        Third, yes, people (Rev. Falwell) have blamed 9/11 on gays (and abortionists, and feminism). http://www.snopes.com/rumors/falwell.asp

        Fourth, the provision in Obamacare that was decried as “death panels” was identical to a provision that George W. Bush put into one of his health care bills, yet there was no outcry then. That’s because it’s not a death panel at all, and people like Palin were merely fearmongering to scare conservatives away from a health care plan (the individual mandate) that was originally embraced by the GOP.

      • Matt
        Jan 10, 2013 - 03:40 PM

        How can we say Alex is not a Conservative? Easy. He wants Piers deported because he (Piers) doesn’t agree with the second amendment. You can’t exactly call yourself a Conservative when you clearly don’t believe in the first amendment. Most conspiracy theorists are actually Libertarian. I personally don’t know a single Conservative that’s a 9/11 truther.

      • Trilby
        Jan 11, 2013 - 01:57 AM

        You point to one belief out of hundreds and claim it disqualifies him from being conservative. George W. Bush pushed for a more liberal immigration policy, that doesn’t make him a liberal person. One non-conservative opinion doesn’t mean Alex Jones isn’t considered by many to be conservative. He called himself a “paleoconservative”.

        I did notice what he said, as well as afterwards when he said gays helped cause 9/11. You are wrong to say that no one has done that.

        George W. Bush has to do with death panels because his identical policy shows how right-wing extremists will decry some policies as socialist or evil when liberals promote them, but not say a word or embrace them when it’s the GOP backing them.

        If you read what I said, I wasn’t blaming Bush for anything. I was blaming the right wing extremists who invented “death panels” to scare Americans away from a better health care system- one that doesn’t have over 50 million without health insurance while costing us tons of money.

      • Matthew
        Jan 10, 2013 - 07:59 PM

        1) Who is “most people?”

        2) Baloney. Here is the exact exchange. Notice what Falwell says in the first 20 seconds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-CAcdta_8I

        3) What the hell does George W. Bush have to do with any of this? He’s been out of office since January 2009. Stop trying to pin stuff on that man and stop thinking I am stupid.

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