This year has been an interesting one, and we're only eight days into it. My favorite occurrence this year has got to be the odious Alex Jones' utter meltdown over, of all things, CNN media analyst Brian Stelter:
I tend to think that it's all an act (equal parts fire-and-brimstone preacher, carnival barker, and professional wrestler), but the guy really seemed like he was about to explode... having an extreme distaste for Jones and his schtick, I would find this apoplexy comedic, but for one fact- this rant is loaded with antisemitic tropes as hoary as they are horrific. Just take a gander at the transcript:
But just look at [Brian] Stelter again. Put him on screen. I think that's all the broadcast should be, is just a photo of Stelter smiling. Ugh. Ugh. Oh my gosh. Oh, hell on earth. He wants to run your life. He wants to control every aspect of your life because he knows he is a cowardly degenerate sack of anti-human trash. I pledge before my heavenly father that I will resist them every way I can. These people are the literal demon spawn of the pit of hell. Look at him. And you know what, he is better than you if you keep letting him run your life. He runs your kids, he runs the schools, he runs the banks. This guy, this spirit, this smiling, leering devil that thinks you can’t see what he is. He is your enemy. Period.
All the narcissistic devil-worshiping filth. I see you enemy. I see you enemy. Enemy. Enemy. You are my enemy. And I swear total resistance to you with everything I’ve got. Disingenuous, fake, false, brokeback, twisted, a defiler, a betrayer, a back stabber, a devil. You will pay. Yeah, you don’t think I see your face, scum? You don’t think I don’t see you, Stelter? I see you, you understand me? I know what you think of me and my family. I see you right back. You understand that? You understand that, Stelter? [Grunting noises] Stelter. You will fall. You will not bring humanity down. God is going to destroy you. Get him off the screen. [Crying] Oh, God, they’re so evil. Just please God, free us from them. They’re drunk on our children's blood for God's sake. OK, I’m going to stop right now.
We have allegations banking conspiracies, anti-theism, blood libel all in a two-and-a-half minute cri du cul... could there be a more distilled version of anti-Jewish bigotry? Jones serves it up uncut, like his lead-tainted supplements. He would have delivered the perfect two minutes hate, but he wasted twenty-nine seconds because of his bellowing and hyperventilation. For his part, Mr Stelter is taking things with good humor. Meanwhile, Jones has appeared in a video, which I won't link to, challenging Stelter to a three-minute bare-knuckle boxing match. Judging from the video of Jones' original rant, I think he'd stroke out in the first round.
I'm toying with the idea of occasional long posts about the taxonomy and evolution of conspiracy theories, sort of like a cladistics of the paranoid fringe. I read The Illuminatus! Trilogy, so I have a decent grounding, and I've been reading a lot of weird old pulp fiction lately, and there's a lot of that incorporated into the conspiracy industrial complex.