One of the most absurd things that conspiracy theorists congratulate themselves about is their overstated talent for questioning, especially the status quo. It’s not enough that we must listen to their unrelenting “theories,” we also have to endure their conceit. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. Few people are less talented at asking questions than the conspiracy theorist. What they are good at instead is memorizing endless streams of rubbish that they gleaned from YouTube and trying to pass it all off as their very own ideas.
The most popular question members of the conspiracy theorist claque don’t like to ask is “Why?” For example, why would members of a government plant explosives in buildings on their own soil, crash planes into those same buildings while simultaneously detonating those explosives, then blame it all on Saudi nationals as a pretext for invading Iraq?
But 9/11 “Truthers” won’t ask that question out loud because it makes them look deservedly stupid. Instead they haul out their microscopes and myopically focus on easily-discredited pieces of “evidence” that can be refuted with charmingly little research and a healthy dose of common sense.
Put another way, if you give me a three and a half minute head start I will think of a dozen or two easier ways to justify invading Iraq that neither involves a chance of my going to prison nor my becoming an evil pariah for the rest of recorded history. Again, it never occurs to these people why anyone would go to such insane lengths to achieve something that is easy to do using other methods and, especially, when their method looks like an absurd non sequitur. But there is simply no cure for stupid.
And because the brains of many people in the world have now been so thoroughly softened by this false flag “Truther” hogwash, it has become easier for other entities to exploit that weakness. Now whenever they hear the words “false flag,” the naive among us are more likely to sit up and take notice in a way that is disquietingly but inevitably Pavlovian.
Enter Tucker Carlson. Not one to let an opportunity to commit evil get by him, the heir to the Swanson TV dinner fortune is now promoting a new series. That new series advances the idea that the January sixth insurrection was really staged by elements inside the government. That it was conceived and carried out in an effort to discredit the MAGA cult. And it will now be used as a pretext to hunt that same MAGA cult down and purge them from society. It is called “Patriot Purge,” and it is a tour de force in false flag propaganda and lies as only Tucker can tell them — with his concerned forehead appropriately pinched and his whiny voice particularly nauseating for the occasion.
Carlson puts it this way. “It’s about January sixth and we believe it answers a lot of the remaining questions from that day. Our conclusion? The US government has in fact launched a new war on terror. But it’s not against al Qaeda, it’s against American citizens.”
The Tucker Carlson series “Patriot Purge” now alleges that the Insurrection of January six was a false flag operation. What really happened (Carlson et al allege) was the operation was conducted as a pretext for the Deep State to persecute the “patriots” on the American right.
Let me see if I have this straight. The “government” (which was still in Trump’s hands on January 6th) deliberately attacked the Capitol under the MAGA false flag. It was really elements of the FBI and the Deep State who did the attacking. The people who were recorded doing actual violence were really members of Antifa. Got it.
I guess this would be a good time, then, for Congress to form a bipartisan committee to look into the insurrection of January 6, what Republicans formerly described as a bunch of patriots going on a peaceful tour of the Capitol. But wait, they already tried to do just that, did they not? Republicans voted overwhelmingly against any investigation.
Okay, then I guess this is a good time for the current select committee investigating the January sixth attack to look into it. Except that Republicans refuse to cooperate with the select committee and Steve Bannon has actually ignored a subpoena from them. Call me irresponsible, call me unreliable, but it seems to me that it’s the Republicans who are behaving as if they have something to hide.
One of the few Republicans who won’t stand for this idiocy, Liz Cheney, retweeted Carlon’s teaser trailer for “Patriot Purge” and loudly condemned Fox News for giving Carlson a “platform to spread the same lies that provoked violence on January 6.” Cheney suggested that Fox knows the election wasn’t stolen and that there was in fact no false flag. I tend to agree with her.
But the unasked question again is “Why?” Why would anyone go to such absurd lengths to make the MAGA cult look violent, evil and unpatriotic, when they already have done such a smashing job of it themselves long before January sixth came down the pike? Again, it’s a question the false flag conspiracy theorists will never ask.
What’s particularly odious about all this is that the new lies being promoted in “Patriot Purge” will probably enrage a lot of people and lead to even more violence. Fox News is letting the evil pile of crap Tucker Carlson stoke the flames of hatred, runaway paranoid nationalism and disunity with even more egregious lies. It beggars belief that any organization can be that evil, but, well, there it is. And, as ever, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, comrades and friends, stay safe.
Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.