An insight into the ideology that drives Alex Jones and members of the Patriot movement.
Since talk radio personality Alex Jones appeared on the Piers Morgan show on 7 January to discuss gun control, social media platforms have been abuzz, with Jones’ name and website trending on Twitter. Jones argued the importance of the Second Amendment in American society (a polarizing topic itself), and his rationale behind its necessity were startling to some, hilarious to others, but most importantly it was a wake-up call to Americans on just how diverse political beliefs in our country can be.
I transcribed Jones’ response (that is the polite term) to Morgan’s questions in order to try to understand further his intentions by coming on Morgan’s show. Instead of offering a play-by-play, I advise readers to take a glimpse at the appearance here. After transcribing Jones’ response, I used Wordle programming for a visual representation of his beliefs:
A notable quote from Jones’ appearance:
I’m here to tell you 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. It doesn’t matter how many lemmings you get out there in the streets begging for them to have their guns taken, we will not relinquish them, do you understand? That’s why you’re going to fail and the establishment knows no matter how much propaganda that the Republic will rise again if you try to take our guns. My family in the Texas revolution against Santa Anna, my family was at the core on both sides s.tarting that because Santa Anna came to take the guns at Gonzalez, Texas. Piers don’t try what your ancestors did before. Why don’t you come to America, I’ll take you out shooting, you can become an American and join the Republic
The interview was the brunt of jokes for days afterwards on national and international news platforms, and while hearing someone yell about the rise of a second revolution may indeed sound over-the-top, Alex Jones is not someone to be ignored. As fringe as his ideology may seem, he has a broad base of followers. His radio show has over one million listeners daily (he claims it is closer to 1.5 million), his Youtube Channel has over 350,000 fans and over 265 million views, and over 350,000 followers on Facebook.
In order to better understand Jones’ behavior and rhetoric, one must try to understand the larger message of the Patriot movement, of which he champions himself to be a leading ideologue. While this is not all-encompassing (this movement has many factions, subcultures, interpretations within it), I will attempt to give those who have never heard of the movement a succinct overview of the ideology involved.
American Right-Wing Movement in the 1990s
Perhaps the most convenient time to begin a history of Patriot movement in America would be the end of the Cold War. Right-wing extremists in America noticed an alarming new threat to their security as White Americans. Globalization, as enacted by organizations such as the United Nations and World Trade Organization, was interpreted as an attempt by minorities to create a ‘New World Order’ (NWO) which would take over all governments and corporations. Along with this paranoia against those different from themselves, right-wing movements witnessed large amounts of mistrust from within their own ranks. After 1965 it is estimate that 20% of the membership of the Ku Klux Klan was informants. Complimenting the threat of a NWO was the realization that citizens were being threatened by the American government, which they believed was now being run by either enemies of the white race, enemies to Christianity, or enemies of Democracy, depending on individual beliefs. The belief was that NWO infiltrators (often assumed to be Jews) were placed in the government and enacting laws to prevent democracy from flourishing, and, eventually bring socialism in its place.
Two events in the 1992 and 1993 guided the justification of the right-wing struggle against the New World Order for the rest of the decade. In 1992, Randy Weaver was approached by federal agents to become an informant, in return for removing his sentence for selling illegal weapons. Weaver, from Ruby Ridge, Idaho, would occasionally attend white supremacist Aryan Nation meetings. In 1986 he unknowingly sold two sawed-off shotguns to an federal informant. After refusing to cooperate, he was arrested for the illegal transfer of a firearm. A mishap with paperwork in the courthouse caused Weaver to miss his court date. Despite the confusion, the US Marshals Service went to his house to discuss the mix-up and offer him to ‘surrender peacefully’, though the US Attorney’s Office wanted to charge him for his failure to appear in court. Weaver mistrusted the inconsistency of policy from different agencies, and instead chose to isolate himself and his family in his house, refusing to surrender. After months of inaction, the US Marshals were sent to his property to survey the situation. When confronted by Weaver’s 14 year old son and family friend, the Marshals shot and killed Weaver’s son and dogs. The next day, FBI snipers, who were given orders to kill Weaver, accidentally shot his wife twice, killing her instantly. An additional 10 day stand-off took place, and eventually Weaver and his two daughters surrendered.
In early 1993, federal agents attempted to execute a search warrant at a Branch Davidian property outside of Waco, Texas, where intelligence agencies had been tipped that the compound contained automatic machine guns, and could potentially be modifying other weapons for resale. Upon entering the property to search it, a gunfight quickly ensued. Both the federal agents and Branch Davidians claim that the opposing side initiated the gunfight. After two hours, four agents and six Davidians were killed. After fifty days of standoff, the FBI attempted to enter the property, which ending in an additional 76 deaths.
The events of Ruby Ridge and Waco were a call to arms for some Americans, and Jones himself states that the events in Waco Texas enlightened him to the globalist influence that had overtaken the American government.
Alex Jones and the New World Order
Alex Jones began to gain popularity in the Texas Conservative Radio circuit in the 1990s. He gained additional supporters when he lead a successful effort to rebuild the Branch Davidian Church in Waco, Texas.. Jones’ documentary on Waco, “America Wake Up or Waco” also boosted his popularity amongst conspiracy theorists as a leading authority on the NWO. In 1999 he won “Best of Austin” poll as radio host, though; despite this was soon fired from KJFK-FM as the station found his polarizing material made it difficult for them to find sponsors to finance his show. He continued the show from broadcasts out of his home via the internet. By 2001 his show was syndicated on approximately 100 stations. On 25 July 2001, Jones proved his insight into the NWO conspiracy by predicting a government-planned terrorist attack was eminent. Just as he predicted, the events on September 11th 2001 solidified his argument that a terrorist attack would be used as a cover for the government to further limit the rights of Americans. Jones involved himself in directing arguably the most popular documentary detailing the NWO’s cover-up in the documentary Loose Change.
Perhaps the most relevant conspiracy theory that is part of the wider NWO web of conspiracies is the theory that a government mind control program that is being undertaken against citizens who are seen as a threat to their control. Leaders of this movement, Jones included, are perpetuating idea that antidepressants are engineered by the government to create more violence. The movie theatre massacre in Aurora, CO is a red flag for Jones and friends, who believe that James Holmes was brainwashed through drugs as well as an indoctrination program at the US governments Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dozens of articles and videos have been uploaded on Alex Jones, Info Wars, or Prison Planet (Jones’ forum for fans) on government involvement and planning of the Sandy Hook Massacre.
The Implications of Jones’ Appearance on Piers Morgan
Mere hours after Jones was on the Piers Morgan show, he released this video where he explains his belief that he was being tailed by “(NYC Mayor Michael) Bloomberg’s gangster cops” . Jones details that the NWO has reached ‘total mafia status’, where men with microphones in their sleeves were following him and stating, in an intimidating manner, that they were “huge fans of his show”. On Thursday 10 January he featured Douglas Hagman on his show, who claimed that, according to his inside sources at the Department of Homeland Security, he was, indeed under surveillance by federal and local agents. Hagman claimed that DHS aimed to “bumper lock” him, to make their presence known, and treat him with hostility. Just as Jones had predicted in his video, Hagman confirmed that they were trying to set him up, and that there was “a woman by a Starbucks…they were planning on a physical altercation to make you look violent or unstable”. Hagman goes even further and claimed that his informant state that DHS is going after ‘the mouthpieces of the movement, wants marginalization…to make us look foolish. Their first targets are the people speaking the truth”.
This week, Hagman’s claims of NWO marginalization have been ‘validated’ by two mysterious deaths of high-profile gun advocates within the Patriot movement. The director of a popular YouTube Channel on exotic guns and gun culture, Keith Ratcliffe, was found dead in his office on January 3rd. Even more starting to Jones and friends is the death of John Noveske, who died in a car crash on 4 January. On 27 December, he posted on Facebook research he had done into the link between psychotropic drugs and mass shootings, concluding that gun ownership laws could not be held responsible. Jones is warning that similar attacks will become increasingly common, if more citizens do not awake to the danger.
Within forums that are usually sympathetic to Jones’ cause, there have been mixed reactions to his recent surge in popularity. On one hand, the increase in Google searches on terms such as ‘democide’ ‘false flag’ and ‘government suicide pills’ could be seen as increasing awareness (if not sympathy) to their cause. Ron Paul, arguably the face of the mainstream libertarian movement, was a guest on the show the day after the Piers Morgan show, which many of his supporters found to be a bad move, politically. They were further incensed when the video of Paul’s appearance on his show was entitled “Ron Paul Warns of 2nd American Revolution if Obama Bans Guns with EO” which, of course Paul never said. Glenn Beck wrote an article about Alex Jones this week; their feud has been building for years, as Jones has suggested that Beck may be a straw man for the NWO.
It will be interesting to continue to follow Alex Jones over the next few weeks and look for further evolution of his ideology and fanbase. One caller on his radio show yesterday detailed the start of a new campaign by a few members of the US Army called ‘We Are the Dead’, named after a Tier 1 officer told the anonymous soldier that he would shoot him dead on the spot if a superior told him to. As of the release of this article there is no website, Facebook page, or Twitter for the group, only a mention on this forum. Jones did tell listeners to continue to tune in for more information, and time will tell if his threats of globalist domination are reaching a wider fanbase.
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