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