Alex Jones’ conspiracy mongering InfoWars website is a cash cow, my former colleague Alex Seitz-Wald recently reported in Salon. Is that a bad thing?
There’s nothing wrong (and many things right) with seeking to identify the sources of hidden power in America and the world. When it comes to the JFK assassination story, Jones has highlighted the story of Howard Hunt’s cryptic comments about a possible conspiracy, a perfectly legitimate story.
But when Jones confuses the legitimate desires of the majority with the exercise of hidden power, he illustrates how the conspiratorial mindset can turn anti-democratic. To equate popular proposals for background checks of gun buyers amounts to a secret government plan for gun confiscation, is to substitute paranoia for democratic self-government.