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Conspiracy Theory and Trayvon Martin

While the MSM has run its share of weird and offensive stories about the Trayvon Martin case, sometimes–for perspective, if nothing else–it’s instructive to sample the wares a bit further afield. I just spent a few minutes perusing some of the articles and commentary at the Infowars site. In this Prison Planet interview with Webster Tarpley, Alex Jones shares his personal conjectures about what’s really at stake. While the facts of the case are still up in the air, he says, we appear to be witnessing a beta test for a manufactured race war that will give Obama an excuse to impose police power and establish a dictatorship.

Many of his readers are less circumspect. Here are some of their comments:

1) The Florida police set Zimmerman up as a patsy, in the hope that the ensuing scandal would get the Stand Your Ground law revoked and restrictions on gun freedoms passed into law, thus increasing their power;

2) Obama arranged to have Martin killed so he could demagogue against white people and revive his presidency;

3) The Jews are “a pack of deranged lunatics hell bent on world domination through the power of their god Satan”;

4) “There’s some decent, upstanding blacks, but far fewer these days as they slide deeper into the gutter – fostered by the gradual destruction of our morals and Christianity by Jewry. No doubt at all. Blacks also have built-in social pressures that reward degradation, helped along by greedy Jews in the media. Who do you think really owns the hip-hop music industry?….”

There are many, many more, including a handful  that make a modicum of sense. Jones himself, I hasten to add, is plainly not driven by racial hatred or anti-Semitism–he is anti-government, not pro-White.

I suspect he would concur with the spirit if not all the content of this comment from one of his saner readers: “Divided we fall. Thats the plan and it doesnt have to be like that. We are all unique and thats what makes us great, we still have a long way to go, for instance China is 10000 yrs old. Only time will tell but if we allow our power structure both white and black to segregate us we will never make it.”

Amen to that.

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Arthur Goldwag

Arthur Goldwag

Arthur Goldwag is the author of The New Hate, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies and ’Isms & ’Ologies. A freelance writer and editor for more than thirty years, he has worked at Book-of-the-Month Club, Random House, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City. (Random House)