For quite a while now people have been asking me what I think about Alex Jones and the whole New World Order deal. I’ve been putting it off for a long time because I don’t care about Alex Jones or InfoWars. However, since I do keep getting asked about it, I’m going to go ahead and give my view of it.
The belief in the New World Order conspiracy is not an unexpected reaction to everything that has been going on. Clearly anyone who looks around at the situation the world is in, they can see a stark contrast between the way the media, education system and official societal dogma says things are, and the way things really are. This is no secret, there’s a huge contrast in what we are told and the way things are.
When confronted with this contradiction a rational person is going to go looking for an explanation. Now when this break with the “official story” occurs, a person does not have an immediate understanding why it isn’t true. So a person has to look around at the situation and compare that with any explanation they have come across.
So this idea of a secret society conspiring against everyone in the world is not an unreasonable conclusion. Anyone can see that there is a group of people in the world, a wealthy powerful collection of people, who always make out no matter what; while the vast majority always lose. That’s simple, observable empirical reality. There is not much in the way of denying this.
Its not unreasonable because its true, there is an elite strata out to control the world. We call them the capitalist class. They’re people who use a great deal of wealth and control over the world’s resources to control governments and entire populations. However Alex Jones won’t analyze capitalism, he’s one of these people who blindly believes that capitalism is the only way/greatest thing ever and therefore can do no wrong. (Which is just like the Mises cultists and Ron Paul so-called revolutionaries.) So lacking any ability (or desire) to take a critical look at capitalism, he has to find some kind of great Other. There’s nothing wrong with what he thinks, or the economic system he believes in, so there must be some great Other invading this system or some kind of primal abstract “Great Evil”. (Which also explains why often the Illuminati conspiracy theories involve Satanism.)
The perception of this great Other usually takes the form of something they already know about, or already have a hatred for. The recognition of a conspiracy, when lacking a proper materialist analysis, causes the person’s consciousness to resort to any already held prejudices as the cause of it. If a person is racist they’ll see the New World Order as a Jewish conspiracy. If they are deeply religious they will blame Satanists. If they are very New Age hippie, they’ll blame space reptiles. If they are prejudiced towards anti-capitalist ideas, they will blames socialism/communism and the like. All of this is caused by an inability or refusal to conduct a materialist analysis of the current system and ideology recognizing its contradictions.
Okay, take the claim by capitalism that it ends poverty, poverty is eliminated by capitalism. Anyone who has any sense of reality no matter where in the world they live knows this does not happen. The United States has rampant poverty, the Third World is overflowing with poverty. And all of these places are capitalist, from the US to Afghanistan to Somalia. When poverty isn’t eliminated, the various prejudices appear to explain it without a materialist analysis. A racist will say “its a Jewish conspiracy” or “Black people just don’t want to work”. If a person is deeply religious then God is punishing people. An anti-socialist will say “that’s not capitalism”. In truth, through a materialist analysis, we know there cannot be a rich without a poor. If one group has a majority of the money, the other section (or sections) will have little. It is literally impossible for poverty to be eliminated by capitalism. None of these anti-materialist explanations can actually understand this contradiction. A lack of materialist analysis always leads to blaming some great Other.
Take Alex Jones’ view of illegal Mexican immigration. He claims that corporations want the border between the US and Mexico destroyed so they can fulfil the grand notion of a “North America Union”. Of course this goes against a materialist analysis. Capitalism requires a pool of cheap labour in order to extract profit. This cheap pool of labour is Mexico and the system needs it to stay that way. If the boarder was removed, eventually living standards and wages would roughly equalize across the whole area in question. This would in turn hurt profits because producers need a cheap pool of labour to produce commodities, and a pool of labour that is not as poor in order to buy them. Thus the boarder has to remain.
The poverty in Mexico caused by American companies drives people across the boarder into the US to escape it. Thus we have a contradiction in capitalism, which is a system of contradiction. But because Alex Jones has a typical American anti-socialist stance (created by decades of Cold War propaganda), will not analyze capitalism and automatically defaults to the “that’s not capitalism stance”.
This lack of a material analysis of the system we live in and the ideology we live in will lead to all kinds of theories and conspires as to why things are not as we are told they are. Its a natural but incorrect reaction to a lack of understanding. So I really don’t blame Alex Jones or the people who follow him thinking the way they do.