Alex Jones, Infowars And The Consequences Of Not Listening

February 1998. Canterbury. The city is out in force to protest against the downgrading of the hospital. Thousands walk, chant, and carry placards, determined to make their voices heard. It’s a great day and it is clear that people from every background have united in support of a common cause.

It was downgraded.

15th February 2003. Somewhere between 750,000 and 2 million people in London, 500,000 in Berlin, 2 million in Madrid and 3 million in Rome, as well as millions more worldwide take to the streets to protest against the war in Iraq – before it starts. I am one of the people; it takes me 6 hours to walk from Waterloo to Hyde Park because of the crowds who walk, chant and carry placards. I’m determined to make my voice heard. It’s a great day and it is clear…

On 20th March 2003, America, supported by its “Coalition of the Willing“, invaded Iraq.

26th April 2010. Over 1000 parliamentary candidates sign a pledge to oppose any rise in university tuition fees, including over 400 Liberal Democrat candidates. It is a cornerstone pledge of the party. The following election leaves no party with a clear majority and the Liberal Democrats join with the Conservatives to form a government. The same Liberal Democrats who have made opposition to tuition fee increases their raison d’etre.

They helped oversee a rise in fees from £3225 to £9000 a year.

What do all these things have in common? People and groups in positions of power that did not listen to the will of the people. OK, but what does this have to do with Alex Jones and his show, Infowars, which has been in the news for being removed from iTunes, as well as being censured by Facebook, YouTube and Spotify? Simple. When a person isn’t listened to, they get angry. Angry people don’t make good decisions – how many of us have said something in anger that we regret – and Jones acts an avatar for the frustration of people that feel ignored. His increasing popularity can be linked to the failures of different branches of the “establishment”.

Although it is like agreeing to smell something that has been described as disgusting, it is necessary to give some information about Jones; just know that I have warned you in advance that it stinks. You may know Jones from his hits: “Sandy Hook and Stoneman Douglas high were false flag operations”; “Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager was involved in a child sex ring run out of a pizza restaurant” and “NFL players are kneeling to white genocide.” He’s also said that “a lot of the KKK guys with their hats off [are] just Jewish actors. Nothing against Jews in general…” (just the ones that dress up in KKK regalia, in support of a group that is sympathetic to Hitler? Yeah, I can see how that’s not against Jews in general…Ed) and, on the subject of a theoretical race war, which is what Bill Gates and the UN are pushing us towards, apparently (… I have nothing – Ed) “I’m going to light up whoever I’ve got to to defend my family, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to enjoy it “(Sorry mate, I can’t do anything to clean these quotes up. I’m an editor, not a miracle worker – Ed)

The reason this glorified snake oil salesman is popular, beloved and defended is because he attacks the same institutions that have let down his followers. He is anti-government and positions himself as an outsider, a man of the people, an outlet for the impotent rage that so many feel. He purports to keep it real, talk plainly and tell the truth, and, in this age of constant malignant mendacity from both media and politicians alike, that is enough to gain a sizable following. It doesn’t matter if it is true or not – even if Jones’ followers believe on some level that he is lying, at least his lies are more comforting than the standard gruel that is fed to them everyday.

It may seem funny in a macabre way to hear him talk of white genocide, but all he is doing is recategorizing the class divide that grows ever wider in the western world. His talk of globalists and new world orders is him telling his followers that they are not to blame for their difficult situations – the “establishment” is the enemy. He sprinkles in some racism and anti-Semitism, because they have worked for centuries in sparking disaffection and distracting from real problems and his take on populism is ready to be served – straight out of the Dutch oven.

It’s ironic that Jones is now an insider – Trump has appeared on his show and his “reporters” have White House press passes, whilst he is reportedly a millionaire – because it suggests that he is a figure of the same establishment that he rails against. But far from being a negative, the idea that he has reached the heights he has is a positive for his fans – in a vicarious way, his success is their success.

Alex Jones is popular for the same reasons Donald Trump is president, far-right political parties are winning elections across Europe and Jeremy Corbyn replaced Ed Milliband as Labour leader and then won a second leadership challenge. Those that appear to say what they mean and mean what they say are more attractive than those that look and act like the leaders that we have had for the last 25 years. Bill Clinton played the saxophone and was embraced by the African American community – he then signed a bill in 1994 that locked many African Americans up for life. Tony Blair helped to secure the “Good Friday” agreement that brought an end to hostilities in Northern Ireland – he then took the country into an illegal war, against the will of the people, and spends his days giving PR advice to despotic leaders. And Obama “campaigned in poetry and governed in prose”. Under all of them, the gap between rich and poor rose, as did unrest. Trump versus Clinton and Brexit were referendums on the centrist policies that had created such inequality, and, more importantly, a stinging rebuke to the idea that politics as usual was acceptable. Those results screamed loudly that they weren’t.

Alex Jones is extremely unpleasant. His rush to label mass shootings as false flag operations is repugnant. A working society would have him banished to the fringes. His popularity is a sign that something is rotten in our society. It is not enough for social media platforms to ban him. Now is the time for our politicians to stand up and confront the root causes…

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I know how that makes me feel.

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