Alex Jones is overthrowing the ‘global Stasi Borg state,’ one alternative theory at a time.
It’s just past 9 a.m. when Alex Jones pulls his Dodge Charger into
a desolate parking lot in Austin. From the outside, the squat,
single-story office complex that Jones calls his “command center”
resembles a moon base surrounded by fields of dying grass. But inside,
blinking banks of high-tech recording gear fill the studio where he
broadcasts The Alex Jones Show, a daily talk show that airs on
63 stations nationwide. Jones draws a bigger audience online than Rush
Limbaugh and Glenn Beck combined — and his conspiracy-laced rants make
the two hosts sound like tea-sipping NPR hosts on Zoloft.
A stocky 37-year-old with a flop of brown hair and a beer gut,
Jones usually bounds into the studio, eager to launch into one of his
trademark tirades against the “global Stasi Borg state” — the
corporate-surveillance prison planet that he believes is being secretly
forged by an evil cabal of bankers, industrialists, politicians and
This morning, though, Jones looks deflated. Five days ago, a
mentally disturbed 22-year-old named Jared Loughner opened fire on a
crowd in Tucson, Arizona, killing six and seriously wounding Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner was reported to be a fan of Loose Change, a film Jones produced that has become the bible for those who believe 9/11 was an inside job.