reply to post by wasaka
Not everyone has to be articulate and rational when discussing these subjects on a three minute fake news show
I don't see how its a "fake news show".
call it entertainment, call it outrageous, but don't call it boring or unprofessional.
It can be entertaining, true. It's clearly outrageous; boring? Not quite - I'd prefer the word "uncomfortable". And it is DEFINITELY, without a
I think you greatly underestimate the mindset of the average person. BBC, CNN, etc, is the news their generally accustomed to. The world we live in
requires something called "decor" - it works, it enables conversation. Conversely, Alex forgoes the whole "respect" approach and just shouts down
his opponents with his hickish texas accent. It's not only unprofessional and seemingly undeserved (and what seems to be the case, when its being
targeted at viewers, is what matters), but exceedingly annoying.
Whatever paradigm Alex Jones subscribes to, I can assure you, the these sorts of antics are going to create more enemies rather than generate
And one more thing, as to Alex's worldview. The people who subscribe to it, in general, aren't very critical thinkers, aren't very good at
exercising what Karl Popper calls scientific defalsification. You just take what he says, and go with it, as if his word were infallible, tantamount
to the oracle at delphi.
You'd be surprised, after just a bit of research, after just reading a dozen or so books on political philosophy, political science, psychology, (and
manifold other subjects) how far more complicated the world is than the simplistic scenario Alex tries to sell to his viewers.
Most obviously, the premise itself, that a bunch of human beings are conspiring - and agreeing on a general direction - is hard to stomach. Take the
APA (american psychiatric association). Alex likes to bewail the "agenda" to medicate the entire population to create some sort of mutant subclass,
autistic like and servile. At the same time, Alex treats the European Union as one step towards that goal - at least on a political level. Yet, the
BPA (British Psychiatric Association) has condemned the APA for rendering diagnoses for normal behavior. Here we have one large psychiatric
association, led by different principles and a different nosology, criticizing it's American counterpart for an agenda it deems extreme and dangerous
for society. How do you square this information with Alex weltanschaung? If there were some massive conspiracy - as Alex struggles to convince his
listerners - why do we have the supposed "barons" of this movement (psychiatrists), disagreeing with each other? As if, they were humans, subject to
different feelings about things?
In fact, the APA does what it does, in all probability, not because it is following some nefarious eugenic agenda, but because the APA, like any other
corporation, has a business to run. The DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders) is it's cash cow. Insurance companies use the
DSM as the basis for covering patients mental health bills. Some disorders, such as bipolar, major depression, autism, receive full support. When a
psychiatrist writes a diagnosis for BD (bipolar disorder), they get a royalty from the pharmaceutical company. So there you have it. On one side, you
have the protocol of insurance companies, and on the other, a wagging carrot from pharmaceutical companies. Psychiatrists feel compelled by the allure
of an extra 50-100 thousand a year to dish out meds to their patients. It is, undoubtedly, an evil relationship, spearheaded mostly by the
unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies. Something should definitely be done about this. And if recent trends are an indication (lowering APA
membership, for example, as well as reduced APA revenues), perhaps more psychiatrists are coming to their senses.
In short, the world is a complicated place. There are innumerable factors interacting with each other. Philosophies differ, worldviews differ,
politics differ. Between all these differences and mental dissonance, it strains credulity to think there could be a powerful cartel pulling the
strings in all these disparate and motley spheres of activity.