Paunchy Fox News host Glenn Beck believes we’re in the midst of a slow-but-sure government overthrow, that a shadowy group of dastardly elites are pulling the strings of the puppet show we’re watching—every bit of the news we read, hear and watch is manufactured by a group seeking to manipulate your thoughts and emotions.
“If you get past all of the puppets and the strings, if you stop looking at the puppets themselves, you have to see who’s behind the puppets. Who is choosing the puppets and the players? Who’s the puppet master?” Beck asked on his eponymous program—in the first of two special episodes titled “The Puppet Master”—on Nov. 9. (Spoiler alert: The “puppet master” is liberal Jewish Hungarian billionaire George Soros, who seeks to control the media and world through millions of dollars worth of donations to leftist organizations.)
“Aggressive constitutionalist” Alex Jones agrees. The popular conspiracy theorist says we’re destined to live Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, “a THX 1138 nightmare with shaved heads and [Child Protective Services] raising all the kids in dormitories.”
And soon. “This was actually our plan,” Jones quotes Huxley as saying upon reflection of his seminal work in ’62. “My brother runs UN UNESCO, we’re really going to do this to you early in the next century. It’s all real.”
Jones is an Austin, Texas-based radio talk show host and director/producer of such movies as TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism, Loose Change and Invisible Empire: The New World Order Defined. His two websites, inforwars.com and prisonplanet.tv, track what the New World Order is up to now and what’s on tap next, be it skipping happily toward nuclear war with North Korea to boost the American dollar or poisoning the water supply.
Beck and Jones have thousands of followers who believe as they do. They include Tea Party types, the right-of-center Rand Pauls of the world, militiamen who feel this nation’s sovereignty is under attack from some very serious and credible forces. They’re primarily Republican (though more conservative), white, male, married and over 45, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
Unearthed in that same poll: Tea partiers are better educated and wealthier than the average American. More than half say the policies of the Obama administration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites—compared with 11 percent of the general public. They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people.
And then there’s Nikki, a 20-something woman drinking with friends at El Toro, a bar on Belmont Avenue, just off Lancaster Avenue in West Philly. She also believes that shadowy forces—the real power behind the power—are at play to overthrow the American government. The Illuminati: a conspiratorial organization of cultural elites with unspeakable wealth who control world affairs through governments and corporations.
Nikki says that President Obama was “selected, not elected” president by the Illuminati, and that he’s now carrying out its homosexual agenda by “appointing more gays to his Cabinet than all the other presidents combined.”
But unlike Beck, Jones and their followers, Nikki happens to be young, black and a huge fan of hip-hop. Oh, and she believes rapper Jay-Z is a part of the Illuminati too.
“Everybody know that,” she says, her three friends nodding wildly in agreement.
The “everybody” she’s referring to is people like herself: mostly young, black and deeply embedded in hip-hop culture.
These are wildly different groups: Tea Party patriots believe their country is being taken away from them and being given to people like Nikki. Nikki and her friends contend that the American system is rigged in favor of those fitting the Tea Party profile.
Lately, it appears that hip-hop has more in common with Tea Party patriots than it would ever care to admit.
Instead of acknowledging the wild success of someone like Jay-Z, a growing number of hip-hop fans attribute his rise into the mainstream elite to him getting in bed with the same forces right-wing schizos like Glenn Beck fear.
Search “illuminati jay z” on Twitter and the accusations and theories about Jay-Z and his associations will wash over you like a tsunami, thousands of Tweets from hip-hop fans—“I think illuminati killed Micheal Jackson, Tupac, Kanye’s mom and Biggie ... Jay Z pratically [sic] said so in The Song Most Kings”—and new ones coming in by the second.
Talk of the man’s supposed Masonic ties dominate the comments section of virtually every hip-hop blog post or website—Nah Right, 2 Dope Boyz, Byroncrawford, SOHH, XXL—story about Jay-Z over the past year.
Jay-Z worships the devil. Jay-Z took a blood oath with a secret society. Jay-Z is in the occult. Jay-Z sold his soul to evil forces to acquire power and influence heretofore unseen by a black entertainer. Jay-Z is in the Illuminati.
The evidence is everywhere, hidden in plain sight. It’s in his videos. It’s in his lyrics. It’s in the pyramid-shaped sign he makes with his hand, which you foolishly believe represents his Rocafella/Roc Nation labels. It’s right there in the book he just put out, Decoded. (One of Oprah’s—also rumored to be in the Illuminati—favorite things!) Can’t you see the face and horns of Pagan deity Baphomet swirling in Warhol’s Rorschach on the cover?
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