Sunday, November 16, 2008

British Fascists and 9-11 Troof

Wow. Edmund Standing has put together a magnificent post on the intersection of the Brownshirts and the Blackshirts.

The reason '9/11 Truth' attracts anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, neo-Nazis, and other assorted sociopaths is precisely because the paranoid, conspiracy-based worldview it is based around is a sanitised version of the same conspiracy theory they believe in. The reason that Alex Jones attracts neo-Nazis is that they listen to his drivel about a 'global elite' and nod and wink to each other, assuming he really means 'the Jews'. Why would they assume this? Because the 'global elite' trope is directly lifted from the 'World Jewish Conspiracy' ideas they promote. And why do 'truthers' who start out claiming to oppose a 'Zionist conspiracy' sometimes slip over into full-blown anti-Semitism? Because the 'World Zionist Conspiracy' material is basically the same old 'World Jewish Conspiracy' material, with a few modern tweaks and additions, such as claims about 9/11, and the word 'Jew' replaced with 'Zionist'.

One of the oddball things about 9-11 "Truth" is that everybody seems to adapt it to their own paranoid fantasies. David Icke says the Reptilians did it. Christopher Bollyn point to the Zionists, or the Jews. Alex Jones says it's the Bilderbergers. Jon Gold thinks it's Dick Cheney and the Republicans. It's kind of like that song from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum: Something for Everyone!

Awesome post, Edmund!