On Saturday, I watched the Vice documentary Q-Anon: The Search For Q. This three-part mini-series shows two hosts, Bayan Joonam and Marley Clements, interviewing various believers in the conspiracy while trying to piece together both who’s behind it and why people believe in it.
One thing I must admit is, going in, I expected to recognize more people than I did. Out of everyone they interviewed, the only name I know for a fact I encountered before was Robert David Steele. I likely heard of 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan before this, although he has totally escaped from my memory if that’s the case. As for people they used clips of, the only name I really knew about before going in was Jack Posobiec, the One America News host. While I had looked into what Q-Anon believes, I had never done an in-depth dive into who actually came up with the theory, which is where this documentary shines.
I should note that I have been looking into Q-Anon for quite some time, trying to figure out, like the people of Vice, what exactly attracts people to it. I have even been making my way through one of their most popular books, Q-Anon: An Introduction To The Great Awakening, a complication of essays from their top members, for the past couple of weeks. Originally, it was with the intent to review it — but I quickly realized it was unlike anything I had ever attempted to read.
For the record, I have read conspiracy books before, such as William Cooper’s famous book Behold A Pale Horse. I have also read downright bigoted hate screeds in the past, such as William Luther Pierce’s infamous novel The Turner Diaries. However, comparing Q-Anon: An Introduction To The Great Awakening to either of those works would be dishonest.
If I were to compare it to anything, it would be a certain reading of On The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion. Did you know there’s a conspiracy theory that the people behind Protocols edited it to make it about Jews to throw us off the scent of who it’s really about? This theory was believed by the aforementioned William Cooper, who re-printed Protocols as a chapter for Behold A Pale Horse. Cooper opened the chapter by stating:
The Protocols Of Zion were referred to in the late 1700s. The first copy available to public scrutiny surfaced in the early 1800s. Every aspect of this plan to subjugate the world has since become reality, validating the authenticity of conspiracy.
(I should note, the first time Protocols was published was 1903 — not “the early 1800s.” Textual evidence, and by that I mean literally what’s being referred to in the text, shows it could not have been written any earlier than 1901. Meaning Cooper either has some really poor reading comprehension or simply did not read his own book.)
However, Cooper makes it clear that what he thinks the document is really about just after:
This is an exact reprint of the original text. This has been written intentionally to deceive people. For clear understanding, the word “Zion” should be “Sion”; any reference to “Jews” should be replaced with the word “Illuminati”; and the word “goyim” should be replaced with the word “cattle.”
For those unaware, “Sion” refers to Priority of Sion — a well-known hoax that took place in France in the mid-1950s. The person behind the hoax, Pierre Plantard, had been exposed as early as 1956, a full thirty-five years before Behold A Pale Horse was published. And no, Cooper never once actually defends Plantard, instead spending the entire book simply not telling his readers that the person behind this is believed to be a con-artist.
Also, don’t think Cooper disowning the letter of the text means we didn’t have an anti-Semitic side. In Mark Jacobson’s biography on Cooper, Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, The Rise Of Conspiracy, And The Fall Of Trust In America, Jacobson notes some truly odd trends in Cooper’s radio-show An Hour Of Time. According to him (and complied by the good folks at Rationalwiki), Cooper:
- Erroneously stated that the New York Post and the New York Daily News were “owned by Jews, published by Jews, and edited by Jews.”
- Cast doubt on the number killed during the Holocaust, a form of Holocaust denial, “First it’s six million, then four million, then nearly a million.”
- Implied that Jews are immoral and that they don’t care about other genocides.
- Described the gray aliens as having “huge hooked noses that came out of their head to a bump.”
- Provided line drawings for Linda Moulton Howe’s book An Alien Harvest that depicted the gray aliens as having big noses.
- Falsely claimed that the B’nai B’rith is “not a Jewish organization at all but rather a branch of the Illuminati.”
Yeah, his description of aliens could best be summed up as “Behold A Pale Jew.” (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)
Cooper is not the only one to hold this view. Despite the fact that Cooper hated David Icke (Cooper hated the new age garbage Icke stood for) they could not agree more on this old document. As Icke expressed in his 1992 book The Robots’ Rebellion, that, while the Protocols were accurate, it was lizard people and not Jews who controlled the world. Icke attempted to clarify this in his next book, 1995’s The Truth Will Set You Free, after he had been accused of antisemitism by even his own beloved Green Party:
I strongly believe that a small Jewish clique which has contempt for the mass of Jewish people worked with non-Jews to create the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the Second World War… They then dominated the Versailles Peace Conference and created the circumstances which made the Second World War inevitable. They financed Hitler to power in 1933 and made the funds available for his rearmament.
I know what you’re all thinking, and yes he could do an even worse job defending himself. How, I hear you ask? By writing that in the same book where he writes this:
Why do we play a part in suppressing alternative information to the official line of the Second World War? How is it right that while this fierce suppression goes on, free copies of the Spielberg film, Schindler’s List, are given to schools to indoctrinate children with the unchallenged version of events. And why do we, who say we oppose tyranny and demand freedom of speech, allow people to go to prison and be vilified, and magazines to be closed down on the spot, for suggesting another version of history.
(For the record, considering Schindler’s List carries an R rating, it would be rather odd for it to be sent out to schools so young children can see it.)
People debate if Icke is anti-Semitic on a regular basis, pointing not only to the statements above, but also his obsessions with the Israeli government (Icke singles them out quite heavily in his 2019 The Trigger: The Lie That Changed The World, saying they had direct involvement with the attacks on 9/11/2001), and the fact that many of his illustrations are not unlike old portrayals of Jews. As someone who has read Icke’s work, I tend to agree with David G. Robertson’s view that Icke isn’t using dog whistles, but he actually means Lizard people and not Jews. (And while he does talk about the Israeli government quite a bit, he seems to hate it no more than he does any other government around the world. Even on the quote above, he’s not so much “questioning the Holocaust” — in fact, many of his theories rely on the “official narrative” being accurate — so much as he’s saying it should be legal for a hypothetical version of him to do so.)
I mention this for one reason, the reason The Protocols have lived for so long is simply because it can be used like this. You would never see somebody claim that Martin Luther’s On The Jews And Their Lies is actually about the lies of Lizard People. Nor would anyone claim that Henry Ford’s four-volume book The International Jew is actually about the Illuminati.
So how does this relate back to Q-Anon? Well, think of one of their most popular theories, Adrenochrome. Adrenochrome is defined in the glossary for Q-Anon: An Introduction To The Great Awakening as the following:
Adrenochrome is an adrenaline metabolite that was investigated in several very small studies in the 1950s and 60s. It is supposed to cause mental disorders, derealisation, and euphoria. Some reports tell us that blood of sacrificed children is used by Satanic worshippers after the sacrifice and can allegedly extend life.
For those unaware, one popular theory is that those in charge consume the blood of children, which contains Adrenochrome. It can be used to keep them young and healthy, or just as a nice drink to go along with their dinner. This is normally done to show just how ruthless and evil they are — they are literally willing to consume the blood of children just to benefit them slightly. (And considering how often they have to do it, it must not even be doing that great of a job.) And the primary source for it being gotten from humans is, and I could not make this up if I tried, Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.
Some will notice these theories are rather similar to those of Blood Libel — an older than dirt myth that states that Jews are consuming the blood of Christian children for a number of reasons. One specifically odd theory states that the Jews are using it for corrective surgery, specifically to correct the fact that all Jewish children are born with one-hand on their forehead, which they then use the Christian blood to remove. This theory, although utterly bullshit, has been one of the most popular reasons for anti-Semitism throughout human history, and seems to have earned its place in the Q-Anon myth.
Am I saying that Q-Anon is anti-Semitic? No, although I imagine at least a few of its thirty-million believers are. I am saying that much of what Q-Anon believes comes from older conspiracy theories, and as such can not be simply gotten away from. (Q-Anon itself is already an evolution of Pizzagate, which claimed that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had child-sex slaves in the Comet Ping Pong Pizza Place in Washington D.C. Comet Ping Pong is owned by James Alefantis, the boyfriend of Media Matters For America founder David Brock at the time. Pizzagate is even defined in the book as “A pedophilia sex cult allegedly involving Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington DC. Despite the fact that Wikipedia (controlled opposition) claims it has been debunked, stay tuned. More to come.”)
Going through the glossary at the end of Q-Anon: An Introduction To The Great Awakening one with a sharp-eye and some knowledge of conspiracy theories can notice many old hats, including [anything in brackets is me, not the book]:
4:00 AM talking points: This refers to the fact that for many years, the Main-Stream Media (MSM) receives the daily agenda to be broadcast that day at 4:00 AM. Note that this information tells them word-for-word what to report so you often hear the exact same information being sent out to the world, often with the EXACT same words.
controlled opposition: People who appear to be supporting the white hats but are actually controlled by the black hats. [This is basically what accusations of being a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) or DINO (Democrat In Name Only) are. However, this was also used by William Cooper against people like Alex Jones and David Icke. Some still use it against more mainstream theorists, such as the aforementioned two or Jesse Ventura.]
Decodes: Code breaking or understanding hidden communications through decoding them. Gematria is an example of a code. [Although a bit obsurce, many conspriacy theorists put current news events into various letter-to-number codes in order to find patterns in what’s being done. Many ciphers are mentioned throughout the glossary.]
Deep State: Corrupt people who have infiltrated and work within or for governments around the world including working in businesses, charities, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing, military, and others that often control government outcomes through blackmail, kickbacks, protection rackets, and bribes. [What is a conpsriacy theory but a belief in a deep state?]
Fake MAGA: Someone who is using the MAGA or QAnon movements to build an audience for a hidden agenda, disloyalty. [Once again, many conspriacy theories warn of some person using their truth for personal gain. The movie Everything Is A Rich Man’s Trick, a film primilary about the assination of President Kennedy, argues this is the case about most mainstream conspriacy theories about the event, for example.]
False Flag: An event, usually a terror event, that is planned in advance and carried out for nefarious reasons. Example: For many years the black hats have carried out false flag mass gun shootings around the world. This was an effort to force gun control and eventually ban guns worldwide. [Once again, I’m struggling to think of a conspriacy theory that does not involve a false flag of some kind.]
Fake News: The mainstream media outlets that control the primary broadcast stations on Cable TV endlessly release lies and propaganda that President Trump refers to as Fake News. Fox is the only one that is not considered Fake News, however, beware as even Fox is owned by a liberal globalist. Rupert Murdoch is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a known globalist think tank. [This book was written before One America News really took of, for the record.]
Mockingbird Media: The mainstream media outlets that control the primary broadcast stations on Cable TV and receive their 4:00 AM Talking Points. [This is a specific reference to Operation Mockingbird, an operation where the CIA invaided many sources of jouranlism in the United States.]
Narrative: The media talking points of the day. There is a constant struggle for each side to “control the narrative” on a daily basis. Whoever controls the narrative is then in control.
Psyop: Psychological operation. Any operation (possibly false flag) intended to affect people psychologically.
Ritual Abuse: A child or adult tortured, sexually abused or sacrificed in Satanic ritual worship.
The Great Awakening: Refers to the event currently taking place that involves waking up the public to see the truth of the world they live in; the world that has been previously and deliberately hidden from them.
The reason why Q-Anon will not go away is not that it’s some genius thing, but that it builds on the conspiracy theories of old. Some of the theories are not even wrong — such as the harsh criticism thrown at Keith Raniere of NXIVM fame, or the fact that Hollywood is a cesspool of pedophilia and evil. Every conspiracy theory starts with some truth to it, and you have to figure out what exactly that truth is.
This leads to a more interesting question: Should we get rid of Q-Anon? Or, at the very least, how should we react to a post-Q-Anon world once such a thing comes about?
To be honest, my biggest issue with Q-Anon is not that it’s too skeptical of “mainstream narratives” but that it’s not skeptical enough. You likely saw a viral video of a woman crying and screaming “save us President Trump!” as Biden got inaugurated. That person did not have skepticism in the system, that person had a worship of one man in the system — on top of the system even. Donald Trump, an elitist born into wealth and friends with every corrupt businessman and politician, was the system — and Q-Anon viewed him as an outsider who wanted to burn the entire thing down.
I do believe Q-Anon is wrong, but I do not want us to close our minds to the possibility of what they’re saying. The people in power would love for us to dismiss every accusation of corruption or wrongdoing as another Q-Anon conspiracy theory, even when it’s happening right in front of our faces. Just as Barack Obama managed to dismiss all his critics as birthers and racists (although some of his critics were rather racist and did think he was born in Kenya.)
I want a society filled with people who question narratives, structures, and systems. If that leads to me having to fight a few more Q-Anon’s along the way, I am okay with that. It is a tradeoff for freedom, but I would say the payment of even learning one true thing is worth the price of letting some loudmouths rant.