Lizard, a good writer and smart man, offers up the following in a piece on treatment of homeless people and victims of natural disasters in our brave new world:
Establishing that this meme is crank terrain is standard operating procedure when it comes to any subject covered by Alex Jones and the other circus animals that populate conspiracy culture…
It’s a good piece, and I have no quarrel with him, including the small bit at the opening that I cite above. I am just using that as a gateway to the world he speaks of, as I have traveled it, and even understand it. If you have confidence in your intellectual abilities and a reserve of solid judgment to be able to examine evidence without being subject to the group mind, such a journey can be useful.
In Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith manages to break free of the total information control system, a remarkable accomplishment. Searching for answers, looking for escape, he finds O’Brien, supposedly the leader of an organized resistance group. In the end he learns that O’Brien’s job was to monitor people like Smith and his lover Julia, and to offer them hope. He then crushed that hope, and they were reintegrated into the system. It is a most unhappy ending.
Orwell’s dystopia is set in England, and is well-known throughout the world. Here in the US it is widely circulated, even taught in schools. A casual survey of those who have read it would probably yield general notion that the book is about Stalinism. On the right, the word “Ingsoc” clues them to its real purpose: to warn of the dangers of socialism, even as Orwell bluntly stated that he was a socialist.
The book is about totalitarianism. It don’t see a hint of ideology in it, but emphasize “total.” Alex Jones is one of our many O’Brien’s, guarding the perimeters of the village. If you are smart enough to work your way out of the normal system of TV, education and movies, Jones will take you to another dead-end. “Total” means just that – escape from one prison leads to another. “Prison Planet” is highly apropos.
I find Jones unpleasant and untrustworthy. But I understand those who do like him and wish them well on their journey. Jones is but one stop on the road to freedom. His type of work is called a “limited hangout,” that is much of what he says might be true, but never enough to be truly enlightening. Any who openly associate with him are branded with his vile nature and anger, his raspy voice and instant certainty on all matters. That’s Lizard’s reaction above, and the intended effect of Alex Jones. He’s like a FEMA camp, a haven but also a place for quarantine, multi-purposed.
Please do move on. Eventually you’ll find yourself among people of your own kind. They don’t hammer you with information or try to organize you for a cause. They are the few who truly understand the meaning of “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the spirit.” They take solace in one another, and explore life in all of its intricacy. It’s a self-guided journey. Truly public-spirited people do not tell you what to think. They only advise that you exercise your cranium.
In the meantime, our only true “mission” is to help those in our very small circles as we can – friends, family and acquaintances, and to receive their help and solace as well.