Alex Jones – DARPA Publicist?

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A video by Alex Jones, facetiously titled “Gun Control Works,” has recently been making the rounds on social media. In it, Jones and a collage of supporters declare that “democide, or death by government … has been the number one cause of unnatural death in history.”

While there’s no doubt totalitarian government has been a brutal force, the specificity of Jones’ claims leave the curious observer to wonder about the origin of his information. Like some others in the recent trend of bullhorn-wielding, internet “confrontation reporters,” Jones has typically not engaged in original investigation or research. His programming normally takes the form of mash-ups of information previously reported by sources in the mainstream media, which the host then connects together by identifying broad patterns and themes. Despite this, however, Jones is usually very good about crediting his MSM sources during his shows and on his website. Not so, however, in the “democide” video.

Where did the theme for the “Gun Control Works” video originate and why has the source been obliviated? The answer to that question takes us to the offices of University of Hawai’i emeritus professor of political science Rudolph Rummel.

The word “democide” is not one found in popular lexicon. The word’s use has been almost completely confined to the works of Dr. Rummel – the man credited with coining it. Many other lines in Jones’ video appear directly lifted from Rummel’s works. For instance, at one point in the video we are told “government murdered four-times as many people as were killed in all the international and domestic wars combined.” The line is almost identical to one on Rummel’s website which declares government has murdered “four-times those killed in combat in all international and domestic wars.” Keyword searches reveal obvious sourcing from Rummel’s website for most other facts cited in the video.

So who is Rudolph Rummel, with whom Jones is so ideologically aligned?

  • First, Rummel is a researcher funded by the most shadowy of government cloak-and-dagger agencies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). His 2000 study, “Dimensions of Conflict Behavior Within and Between Nations” is one of several of his reports underwritten by DARPA to aid in conflict modeling. (DARPA is a favorite Jones target – just last week his website presented their most recent denouncement of the agency.)
  • He’s, second, an author of bizarre fiction. His series of adventure novels “Never Again” – published by Aeon/Lumina Press, a vanity publisher for authors who can’t get pick-up from a major publishing house – tells a weird, frantic story about time traveling lovers who go back to the turn of the 20th century with a crate full of weapons from the future to blow-away Muslims.
  • Given these two qualifications, it’s not surprising he’s, third,  an interventionist of the most extreme variety. Most recently he called for the creation of an international body that would intervene to “democratize” places including Pakistan, Syria, Iran, China, Indonesia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Rwanda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Cuba and Colombia.

Rummel has unquestionably powerful academic credentials and is clearly a brilliant and respected researcher (though, perhaps, not a very good fiction writer). But does Jones’ uncredited promotion of Rummelian/DARPA theories “out” the controversial radio host as the neo-con disinfo agent some have always claimed?

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  • http://twitter.com/Flyers_Suck_75 Seed_Of_Filth71

    Jones is an Zionist shill

    • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

      I think you’re giving him too much credit. He’s an all-purpose Right Wing Paranoid, meaning that his ideology is chaotic and unformed. He is, however, pretty closely aligned with straight white male Christian domination philosophies; this seems to be his chief motivation in addition to his Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

      • echar

        You forget getting paid as one of his motivations. He is an entertainer after all.

        • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

          yes, that too!

  • Dingbert

    “…the most shadowy of government cloak-and-dagger agencies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency…”

    Pedantic digression: Have to correct you and Mr. Jones on this. DARPA is one of the least shadowy agencies in DoD. You can find most of their active projects listed online. It basically does blue sky research (i.e. research for research’s sake, without a real objective), which, unfortunately, lends itself very well to conspiracy theories. Also, “cloak-and-dagger agencies” are in the intelligence community, not DoD. They have IARPA.
    In fact, NSA is home to the spookiest of spookery. This comment, upon posting, no doubt will reside in a hardened data center somewhere, awaiting analysis, probably forever.

  • Dingbert

    “…the most shadowy of government cloak-and-dagger agencies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency…”

    Pedantic digression: Have to correct you and Mr. Jones on this. DARPA is one of the least shadowy agencies in DoD. You can find most of their active projects listed online. It basically does blue sky research (i.e. research for research’s sake, without a real objective), which, unfortunately, lends itself very well to conspiracy theories. Also, “cloak-and-dagger agencies” are in the intelligence community, not DoD. They have IARPA.
    In fact, NSA is home to the spookiest of spookery. This comment, upon posting, no doubt will reside in a hardened data center somewhere, awaiting analysis, probably forever.

    • VaudeVillain

      Metal Gear Solid was very clear that DARPA is shadowy and indistinct and morally bankrupt and supremely over-funded and indisputably all-powerful… and I, like all rational and right-thinking people, take the word of video games made by clearly insane Japanese men as gospel when it comes to the details of how the US government operates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joieboyer Joe Boyer

    So, because a man uses a word coined by another man, he is automatically aligned with that man’s ideological views?http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/templates/14288.jpg

  • http://www.facebook.com/joieboyer Joe Boyer

    So, because a man uses a word coined by another man, he is automatically aligned with that man’s ideological views?http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/templates/14288.jpg

    • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

      When the word in question is an obscure one, that’s a reasonable conclusion. I think the poster makes a fairly strong case for that conclusion. I wonder if Alex Jones, if asked, would affirm it.

    • eric82

      see: “Many other lines in Jones’ video appear directly lifted from Rummel’s works. For instance, at one point in the video we are told “government murdered four-times as many people as were killed in all the international and domestic wars combined.” The line is almost identical to one on Rummel’s website which declares government has murdered “four-times those killed in combat in all international and domestic wars.” Keyword searches reveal obvious sourcing from Rummel’s website for most other facts cited in the video.”

  • http://twitter.com/TAWardrope T.A. Wardrope

    Interesting work here. Alex Jones presents an often contradictory set of conclusions based on wildly disparate sources. No reason this guy should be one of the influences. I do have to quibble with your presentation of Aeon Press, not because you are wrong, but because of the language you used to describe them. They are a vanity press, true, but you conflate them with indie self-publishing and epublishing; two models which authors are using to keep the caliber of publishing high while the “big publishers” flounder in redundancy.

  • http://twitter.com/TAWardrope T.A. Wardrope

    Interesting work here. Alex Jones presents an often contradictory set of conclusions based on wildly disparate sources. No reason this guy should be one of the influences. I do have to quibble with your presentation of Aeon Press, not because you are wrong, but because of the language you used to describe them. They are a vanity press, true, but you conflate them with indie self-publishing and epublishing; two models which authors are using to keep the caliber of publishing high while the “big publishers” flounder in redundancy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    Am I the only one that doesn’t give a shit if AJ is a ‘zionist/government/DARPA/right wing shill’? Why should it matter? Does he have direct control of your thoughts? Do you obey his every word and buy his every product that he hocks on his infomercial programme? I don’t; yet I listen to it occassionally. It’s somewhat entertaining at times with the variety of guests and crazy-assed analysis; but, the most important thing that resonates with me is that he consistently preaches the immorality (and unsustainability) of curtailing personal freedom. EVERYONE needs to be reminded of this, and sometimes the best way is to exagerate, sensationalize and aggrandize problems with our society. Ultimately, you’re the only one that can make the choice in your life, despite what anyone may tell you, so, the more skeptical you are of authority, the better. AJ gets that, and goes to great rhetorical lengths to remind us of that simple fact.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    Am I the only one that doesn’t give a shit if AJ is a ‘zionist/government/DARPA/right wing shill’? Why should it matter? Does he have direct control of your thoughts? Do you obey his every word and buy his every product that he hocks on his infomercial programme? I don’t; yet I listen to it occassionally. It’s somewhat entertaining at times with the variety of guests and crazy-assed analysis; but, the most important thing that resonates with me is that he consistently preaches the immorality (and unsustainability) of curtailing personal freedom. EVERYONE needs to be reminded of this, and sometimes the best way is to exagerate, sensationalize and aggrandize problems with our society. Ultimately, you’re the only one that can make the choice in your life, despite what anyone may tell you, so, the more skeptical you are of authority, the better. AJ gets that, and goes to great rhetorical lengths to remind us of that simple fact.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I agree. Its part of the strength of Free Speech that we can hear the thoughts of people that would normally be discounted out of hand for speaking against the popular opinion. I agree with very little that Alex Jones, or even Glen Beck say, but there are some points that they make that I feel are very important. Both of those characters are extremists and some of their ideology conflicts not only with my beliefs but with some of their own. Its always disappointing to hear someone say something profound in one minute, then profoundly stupid the next. I can agree with something AJ says without having to vote for him for president.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I agree. Its part of the strength of Free Speech that we can hear the thoughts of people that would normally be discounted out of hand for speaking against the popular opinion. I agree with very little that Alex Jones, or even Glen Beck say, but there are some points that they make that I feel are very important. Both of those characters are extremists and some of their ideology conflicts not only with my beliefs but with some of their own. Its always disappointing to hear someone say something profound in one minute, then profoundly stupid the next. I can agree with something AJ says without having to vote for him for president.

    • echar

      sometimes the best way is to exagerate, sensationalize and aggrandize problems with our society.

      That’s also a great way to get paid. From my perspective, the fact that he is an entertainer is another to keep from getting all up in arms about the things he says.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

        No different between entertaining and teaching, really. I was often entertained by profs in university, but taught by standup comedians. Alan Watts thoughts on the joker are worth reflecting on here.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR5l4wukJxE

        • echar

          I think more people would get Alex Jones if he was to wear clown makeup. Or they’d be more frightened.

        • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

          Sweet clip. Good context. Ima check that Watts cat out a little more. Thanks.

        • InAwe

          I like your frequency.
          Comments which articulate such similar/identical experiences/influences make me smile.
          But then again I’ve been told I am rather easily amused.

  • Sir Legendhead

    Am I the only one who still wants to believe he’s really Bill Hicks? That shit would be hilarious.

  • JustinWhatchamacallit

    He’s entertaining and gives useful information for those who want can look up and make your own conclusion. No one should take him word for word.

    • eric82

      “he’s entertaining and gives useful information”

      The communications theory used by the Israeli Hasbara is that the *selective* distribution of factual information is a more effective propaganda tool than the distribution of false information. This also seems to be the approach Jones has used on his InfoSheep.

      • JustinWhatchamacallit

        Going by that logic all our schooling from pre K on has been “selective” distribution of factual information to make it more effective “propaganda”.

        • eric82

          I won’t dispute that.

    • kowalityjesus

      Theres not nearly enough resistance to him in order for me to take him seriously, but wow can he spawn rhetoric. probably an alien j/k, just a very remarkable guy who I am sure believes in what he is doing…. whatever that actually is…

  • BuzzCoastin

    Jones is a wag who trumpets swag
    and if he’s not on Uncle Homalnd’s payroll, I’d be surprised

    Oh BTW: anything sociopolitical coming out of University of Hawai’i is CIA
    Hawai’i is Der Homeland’s largest military base in the Pacific
    UH is the CIA training ground for Asia
    Obama’s Grandma ran CIA payoffs through her position at the Bank of Hawaii
    Obama’s Mom worked for Tim Geithner’s CIA, Hawaii based, dad
    interesting too
    is the fact that Obama’s Grandad was so deeply CIA,
    he’s recorded as being an itinerant furniture salesman

  • davakins

    AJ’s radio show often gives me the same boost that others get from Rush or Hannity, etc. I try to picture a waving ‘mherican flag in my mind while I listen to him. I just wish that he would give Lee Fucking Greenwood some airtime. Soon as I lose 300 lbs, I’m stompin’ yall’s asses.

  • davakins

    AJ’s radio show often gives me the same boost that others get from Rush or Hannity, etc. I try to picture a waving ‘mherican flag in my mind while I listen to him. I just wish that he would give Lee Fucking Greenwood some airtime. Soon as I lose 300 lbs, I’m stompin’ yall’s asses.

    • Guest

      Upvoted with absolutely no sarcasm or irony intended. You’re a damn fine American,Tex.

      • Guest

        ok im kidding that was sarcasm

  • BrianApocalypse

    This ‘democide’ term seems pretty ambiguous. Rummel says governments have killed more people that all the wars combined, but aren’t those wars waged by… governments?

  • BrianApocalypse

    This ‘democide’ term seems pretty ambiguous. Rummel says governments have killed more people that all the wars combined, but aren’t those wars waged by… governments?

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