Saturday, July 18, 2009

Alex Constantine, a conspiracy theorist worth checking out.

Alex Constantine's Blacklist is the online home of this interesting person. Probably the first conspiracy theorist to have multiple books published by Feral House, as opposed to Redneck Let's Masturbate to the Constitution Books Limited. His theories are actually really well researched, and are ones that kind of make you crawl in your chair because you have a feeling that there's an uncomfortable element of truth to all of it. "Psychic Dictatorship in the USA" was one of the primal books in my development as a political person. It provided a framework that could be shifted more and more towards the left until it eventually morphed into full on Marxism, where I've sort of been since (with a-typical alterations). I still have my copy, that I bought when I was 15.

He appears to be one of the few people who take the threat of Fascism seriously. Alex Cockburn, who I like and respect, recently went off about folks like the Southern Poverty Law Center and then mutated it into a criticism of all people who are afraid of a right wing resurgence in the U.S., specifically naming Chip Berlet as one of the offenders. Chip Berlet happens to be one of the other honest, insightful, anti-Fascist writers out there, and Public Eye, his website, should be essential reading for people concerned about all of this. I think that Cockburn's critique of the SPLC as being purveyors of constant, imminent, danger from the Right that needs to be countered, exaggerating things, is right on. Sure, the Intelligence Report is insightful, but I became suspicious about them when I received a solicitation as a teenager to have my name put on their "Wall of Tolerance" for being a person who opposed hate. I was in high school and they had got my name from my subscription to Mother Jones, and now I was being offered a place on their Wall of Tolerance for a small, small donation. But the flakiness of the SPLC doesn't reduce the real threat of right wing violence in the U.S., as the past eight years have more than demonstrated.

4 comments:

Benyamin Solomon said...

Alex Constantine is a fringe conspiracy theorist. To him, any of his opponents are Fascists. How do I know this? Because Alex Constantine called me a Fascist despite the fact that I stated that I oppose Fascism. Alex's stuff is not well-researched. He says baseless claims without evidence. Alex claimed that I give aid and comfort to Bin Ladin despite the anti-Islamist themes of my writings and of my political thought. I never said a kind world for Bin Ladin. I see him, his group Al Qaeda and the rest of the Islamist ideology as a global threat to the free world.

John Madziarczyk said...

I'm not biased either towards or against Constantine, despite liking a lot of what he writes and having been influenced by him. I'd like to look at the back and forth between you and him from the start of it. I've tried to untangle it through searching on the net but can't seem to find the first comments and posts.

Benyamin Solomon said...

Actually, the first comment was by Alex Constantine, who falsely accused me of calling liberals Nazis and then called me a Nazified Fascist puke [something like that]. Alex Constantine's posts are slanderous and should not be taken too seriously.

John Madziarczyk said...

Ok, but I would still like to be able to see the comments and the back and forth to be able to judge for myself.