In a previous post I commented on the egotistical nature of the paranoid conspiracy theorist- that conviction that one is privy to a recondite knowledge that the common schmuck is blissfully unaware of, mixed with the surety that a powerful, shadowy cabal has one in its crosshairs. Nobody exemplifies this particular style to the extent that Texas crank Alex Jones does. Jones is the sort of guy who is still peddling the black helicopter nonsense from the 90's:
He's also been pushing the "New World Order" conspiracy theory so brilliantly sent up in Shea and Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy. While Jones generally seems to steer clear of anti-semitism, his basic paranoid thesis is pretty much the one originated in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, just with the "Jewish" serial numbers filed off, and Jones doesn't shy away from having anti-semitic guests on his show.
Jones tends to apply the opposite of Occam's Razor to events... for example, he sees a criminal conspiracy on the part of the White House to explain the death of a rageaholic with a heart condition and substance abuse problems. Oddly enough, there's a conspiracy theorist who is convinced that Alex Jones was involved in the "assassination" of Andrew Breitbart. Suffice it to say. Jones is a one-man maelstrom of madness, albeit one with a cult following (he also shows up as a recurring guest on late-night Sasquatch radio). Jones was catapulted into a position of greater prominence when he was inexplicably invited to an interview on a mainstream cable news outlet this week, whereupon he had a meltdown, and issued a threat of violent revolution:
Shortly after his on-air meltdown, Jones retreated to his hotel room, where he spun a yarn about being followed by undercover cops and "Bloomberg's Mafia":
I imagine that, in his own mind, Alex Jones sees himself as a portly Jason Bourne, hounded by operatives of the "New World Order" at the behest of Mike "total Mafia" Bloomberg and Piers "Hatchet Man" Morgan. Jones' internal narrative can be titled "The Secret Life of Someone Shitty", a bad ego trip of particularly lurid fashion. In his latest video, he claims that he may be killed by "crackheads" in a false-flag operation. Oddly enough, for a guy who is constantly under the "threat" of "assassination" at the hands of the "New World Order", he certainly has been the guy has been around for about fifteen years.
POSTSCRIPT: Hilariously, even though he has ripped off Alex Jones for years, Glenn Beck is in the midst of a feud with Herr Jones:
As Thunder puts it, the schaden freudes itself!
As an added bonus, Leaving Alex Jonestown is an in-depth exploration of Mr Jones ouvre.