Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple and other noteworthy books and poems, has run down her favorite things of 2013. It's an unexpected collection, including Edward Snowden, a conspiracy theorist, and a reptilianism expert.
"What a time to be alive!" Walker writes in a post on her blog called "Solstice Greetings and Gratitude 2013, or Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn Playing Tennis!" She provides a sort of year in review at the outset.
There have been mind-blowing revelations and testimonials of all kinds, along the cracks. About banks and money, about power, about governments and theft and war, about what’s really going on in the parliaments, royal bloodlines, political parties and corporations of the world, and among the religions. About the hatred of and abuse of women, and, especially, of children.
About Super soldiers! Mind control! The capture and enslavement of child psychics! About a lot of Nazis still running around loose!
I missed some of those revelations.
The rest of the post, which is essentially a list of the things that Walker appreciates and admires, has that same sort of ping-ponginess: understandable and thoughtful contributor to culture, then a bizarre conspiracy theorist, then a book about Mandela, and then Alex Jones.
Jones, for those not familiar, is perhaps America's premiere conspiracy theorist. On the day that Dallas commemorated the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, Jones went to the city to holler about conspiracies through a bullhorn. To his radio audience, watching live, he explained his actions. "There are cancer viruses in their vaccines. You're being killed by eugenics. They write books about how they're doing it to you, and you're up there laughing." In Jones' universe, the government, big corporations, and shadowy who-knows-whats are always scheming to undermine, poison, and control regular-Joe Americans. Very slowly and subtly, apparently.