I have no delusions of grandeur about the Alex Jones Info Wars gang, they behaved like nincompoops during the first years of the Obama administration with a series of borderline-racist caricatures of the first African American president mimicking the Heath Ledger Joker that would have been pathetic if they weren’t so alarmist and demagogic. They wasted a lot of time with nutty behavior that is right out of the nether regions of the tin foil hat brigade and continue to do so on a daily basis that does go into racism often.
Yet there is a strange instance now where they ended up producing a segment featuring an interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts that, despite their own best intentions, has ended up being some of the best independent commentary produced in North America yet about the geopolitical relations between America and Russia. While the Clinton News Network, MSDNC, and Faux News bang the drums of war on behalf of the cadre of demagogues around Washington who have hijacked American foreign policy since the Carter administration’s tragically foolish funding of that freedom fighter Osama bin Laden, we have friggin’ Info Wars delivering the only sane news around?
I think there are a few things that can explain this. First, Dr. Roberts, despite whatever misgivings progressives might have, is a genuine economic thinker, itself a rarity these days since the advent of the neoclassical takeover of the discipline. Second, the host is a lieutenant of the gravel-voiced Jones, a man whose ego is only matched by his absurdist collage of conspiracy theories that make Oliver Stone seem like James Fenimore Cooper, meaning the guest is able to keep the proceedings from tacking off course into the delusional side of the spectrum. Third, there is an overwhelming anti-war, isolationist stance in America today that has been brought out by both the progressives and libertarians in the wider population, demonstrated most immediately by the Trump and Sanders candidacies. Fourth, we are dealing with a classic case of “somebody had to do it”. If the mainstream press is going to behave like Pravda, that creates a vacuum that can only be filled by the alternative press.
In the post-electoral season, which cannot come soon enough, this need is going to become even more pronounced. If this need is only going to be filled by the alt-right, then we could be headed for serious trouble. It is my hope with my efforts to keep this from happening by fulfilling this role for those who don’t subscribe to some of Alex Jones’ more questionable theories about “ill-ee-gullz” and the like.