Review: New World Order


Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 16, 2009

Regular airtime: Various (IFC Films On Demand)
Cast: Alex Jones, Luke Rudowski, Timuçin Leflef, Mike Edgarton, Jack McLamb

US release date: 16 April 2009

It’s quite easy to be called crazy, you know what I mean. Anybody can be called crazy about anything.
—Seth Jackson

Obama

“He has sort of like a charisma,” young Luke Rudowski observes while watching a clip of Alex Jones. He has “a very loud voice and he’s not afraid to say what’s on his mind.” Most often, what’s on Jones’ mind is deceit and corruption. “Alex Jones,” Jones says of himself, “has this belief system about world order. Alex Jones can’t articulate how diabolical and totally wicked they are. It isn’t some magical thing, karma reap what you sew. It’s what happens. You start crapping on everyone else around you, pretty soon you’re all swimming in crap.”

A Dallas-born talk radio host and filmmaker, Jones means to wade through that crap, to find the truth and share it. By way of introduction to his life’s work, he takes the makers of New World Order along on a pilgrimage to Dealey Plaza. “We’re going back to Eden,” he explains as he drives. But, he cautions, “It’s not a wonderful, beautiful place. It’s a horrible place, where the military industrial complex murdered our last real president in broad daylight in front of everyone. It’s the birthplace of what you could call the ‘conspiracy culture.’” This culture comprises a range of concerns, from UFOs and JFK to Waco, Katrina, and 9/11. This culture also, as Jones describes it, is premised on essential American values. “All of my films,” he says while walking past the book depository, camera in hand, “are about exposing things that powerful individuals, powerful organizations, have done to oppress smaller countries or groups of people. I have a passion to awaken people, to show them things that I have discovered, that others have seen.” He pauses, his lens pointed off screen.

It’s a telling moment in Luke Meyer and Andrew Neil’s documentary, Jones posed and keenly self-performative. Much like their previous film, Darkon (which looked at wargamers), New World Order observes its subjects closely and without making obvious judgment. Instead, it tracks the efforts of anti-new world order activists like Jones, Brooklyn College student Rudowski, Turkish filmmaker and theremin player Timuçin Leflef, and former Phoenix policeman Jack McLamb, as each pursues his own investigations and then shares what he finds. The internet, of course, is crucial to this community, whose interests vary widely ("I don’t believe in aliens,” asserts Orlando property manager Mike Edgarton, “I really could care less who shot John F. Kennedy, I don’t give a fuck whether we landed on the moon or not. Yes, the Holocaust did happen. I’ve been to Dachau and seen that kind of stuff. I believe 9/11 was an inside job"). First and foremost, they believe that they’re being lied to, daily and purposefully, if ineffectively, and they resent it.

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