There was a piece in today's Sunday Telegraph which I don't think is on line about Charlie Veitch, a former conspiracy theorist, who was praised by David Icke and Alex Jones.
The facts in the piece were pretty much covered by Slate in September 2011, so it's old news now. Still, here are some quotes worth having to hand. (I use this blog as a commonplace book, with a useful search tool).
In essence, the modern conspiracy narrative is the same as the one that has existed since the 19th century: that the few (often termed the "Illuminati") control the many. This, of course, is the nucleus of the dangerous anti-Jewish myth. When he was an insider, did he experience anti-Semitism? "Loads. Loads. I was once accused of being a Jew because of my olive skin and my nose. They said, "We can't trust him". " And when they say the "Illuminati" or "Reptiles", do they actually mean Jews? "It's slightly complicated but, mostly, yes," he says.
(I realise this is Ickeism for Beginners, but I don't want to move on to an intermediate stage.)
Veitch turned back to normality after taking part in a BBC documentary, Conspiracy Road Trip, where he talked to demolitions experts, air traffic controllers and family members of the United 93 flight. He came to the conclusion that 9/11 was the work of Islamists on a suicide mission in passenger planes. He made a video out of his recantation.
His old conspiracy friends took Internet revenge by sticking up hate videos involving pigs and child pornography and emailing a bogus "confession" of paedophilia supposedly from him. (Do these people reflect that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion might have been a similar kind of trick, using an earlier technology?) Alex Jones, who had praised his "great work" now put out a film referring to Veitch's "psychopath sociopath eyes".
He describes the conspiracy community as an "evil-worshipping paranoia. As someone who's been deep in it, and seen the hatred and insanity, I think big terrorist attacks will come from conspiracy theorists" He can envisage an assassination or a bombing carried out by a conspiracy believer who has lost all contact with reality.
Conspiracy theorists, he says, are often "bullied people. People who maybe didn't get the girls at school. . . So they see a lot of rugger bugger types and they're against anything to do with them. They will side with the devil, as long as the devil is against the West. . There's a professional victimhood in conspiracy theorists. There's hatred of high achievers."Over at Liberal Conspiracy Sunny Hundal has put up a post in order to rebut a conspiracy theory about the Woolwich sectarian murder with the explanation:-
"This is a bit of a tricky blog-post to write.
No doubt I’ll be accused by some of giving prominence to these Truthers. On the other hand unless such accounts are challenged and shone a light on, they can generate their own unchallenged cult status."
I really did think Sunny knew the internet better than that. Shining a light on these loons is like painting your nails with sawdust and superglue. It wastes your time, it doesn't work and it makes a mess.
The post has of course attracted the Truthers in full voice LISTEN DELUDED SHEEPLE! THE ANSWER IS IN THE PYRAMIDS AND THE ROTHSCHILDS.