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A very interesting British man named Simon Parkes has become a YouTube phenomenon in just a few days following the events of the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6 and Trump’s apparent concession speech the following day. Parkes has told disappointed Trump supporters that he is in direct contact with “Q,” the shadowy figure supposedly leading a pro-Trump conspiracy to unseat corrupt and evil forces in Washington, D.C., and that there will be a great counter-revolution and legal disclosure in the next few days that will end with Trump being installed for a second term as president.

Prior to the events of last week, Parkes was known (to the extent he was known at all) as a former British Labor Party city councilman for Whitby who claimed that he is the adopted child of a 9-foot-tall green space alien and that he fathered an alien baby named “Zarka.” He ran some kind of New Age website called Connecting Consciousness, which appears to have been taken down in the last 24 hours, as well as a YouTube channel.

Before the Jan. 6 riots, Parkes’ YouTube channel had 10,000 subscribers, according to the social media tracking site SocialBlade. His subscriber count has now skyrocketed to more than 600,000 in just a few days.

Parkes makes truly extraordinary claims with a calm, nonchalant confidence. His Jan. 12 video discusses how Q-Anon is a group of military intelligence professionals who have used a secret “quantum computer” to calculate probabilities leading up to the events of the 2020 election. This group’s formation stretches back to the assassination of John F. Kennedy who had to be killed by the powers-that-be because of his plans to return the U.S. to the gold standard, Parkes asserted. He said the top politicians in government are not only pedophiles, they are keeping many men, women, and children captive in underground bases; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop was seized and found to contain pornographic material; she will soon be arrested, along with the Pope and Vatican officials who are part of the conspiracy, too.

President Trump will soon enact the Insurrection Act of 1807 to crack down on these malefactors, Parkes told his audience, and his forces, including retired Gen. Michael Flynn, are lying in wait around the world to arrest key figures in government, business, and religion who are in on the scam. They will restore Trump to a second term with Flynn as his new vice president.

Normally, one could ignore or even be amused at Parkes as one of any number of Internet lunatics, if it were not for the explosive growth of his followers or for the spread of his ideas. Former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka has been doing battle with people deceived by Parkes and other promoters of the Q ideology on his radio show, insisting in no uncertain terms that there will not be an attempt by Trump to seize a second term through the Insurrection Act or military force.

The Q movement really entered popular consciousness in 2016 after a young man influenced by the anonymous posts of Q fired a gun inside a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant in the belief that its basement held sexually abused children for depraved Washington, D.C. politicians. The fact that good intentions can be misdirected by Q’s bad ideas into embarrassing, dangerous actions was evident then. This truth was shown again last week when a man calling himself “Q Shaman” wearing a buffalo-horn headdress was among those who rioted in the Capitol building, even posing for pictures at the Speaker’s podium in the House Chamber.

Conspiracy theories inevitably appear when public trust in officials collapses, and when a people ascribe to its leaders “the most villainous purposes and the most ruthless means of attaining them,” Chronicles columnist Samuel Francis wrote in 1996. The frustration that conservatives have over their concerns about the 2020 election remaining unaddressed by Congress or the Supreme Court contributes to this sense that there is a shadowy conspiracy out to get them.

Rather than focusing on stories about evil people working in the shadows, Francis councils that it is far more useful and sophisticated for people to focus on what libertarian economist Murray Rothbard termed “power blocs.” In other words, human societies are composed of contending forces that seek power, and those that are most successful in mobilizing the means of power constitute an elite or ruling class. Francis writes:

The problem with this concept of conspiracy as ‘power bloc’ or ‘political force’ is that it tends to take all the fun out of conspiracy theory. Instead of locating villainy in a small, monolithic, invisible, and all but invincible band of plotters, it offers a sociology of elites as the main explanation of the dominant historical trends of the age. But truth, if it is less fun than fiction, is at least more useful.

At Chronicles, we have tried to perform this service by analyzing the 2021 political situation in terms of competing power blocs that have formed around separate cultural identities between Middle America and its opposing managerial elite. This can be seen both in Pedro Gonzalez’s December 2020 piece, “Middle America’s Road to Power,” and in my January 2021 piece, “The Long March Ahead for the Real Right.”

As for Simon Parkes, he appears to have fallen silent during the last 24 hours and his website appears to have disappeared. Generally speaking, I don’t support anyone having their speech suppressed—the best cure for bad ideas is to expose them to the light of criticism—which is the purpose of this piece. Let’s hope that our technology censors haven’t come for Parkes, and that he’s merely been temporarily sidetracked by intergalactic parenting duties.

Edward Welsch

Edward Welsch

Edward Welsch is the executive editor at Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

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Cutiekimmy70
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I think diversity of thought is needed! We can't say that the things he is saying wouldn't be a great thing... Some people just want hope, hope that the corrupt establishment goes away, child and human trafficking be taken out, that a great reset would be amazing! Someone on here called people that want this hope "full of hate" and "crazies", that sounds like you suffer from zero tolerance of diversity of any kind. 6 people do own all the media and control what we hear, what we know and decide what truth they want to sell the American people, that's fact! Now I don't believe in all this stuff but look now what is happening with the capital investigations, just came out today speaker Pelosi knew two weeks ahead of time this was being planned by left wing nut jobs that SHE condoned all summer long so WHY DIDNT she do something??? It doesn't matter to me what other people think as long as they aren't hurting anyone... Just like nothing Trump said incited ANY violence, the siege on the capital was happening before his speech ended, that's factual, look at the earliest news post 9:32am we all know that's not true but what we do know is that it did start while he was still speaking, the U.S. District Attorney of DC just opened a conspiracy probe on that day and I guarantee it won't be against Trump or his supporters since the speerheads of antifa was just arrested and John Solomon is breaking the story wide open.. So we will see! I love you people that think because of whatever reason you've convinced yourselves with that you somehow have a superior high ground... And you don't, you only know Hate and that my friend's is a sad way to live!
 
 

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BluishAnon
Sorry that's BS. Simon Parkes is a pathological liar. His false hope is better than no hope?? That's a statement of a defeated person. Simon Parkes is an AWFUL human being for blatantly and Maliciously misleading people!! Same as the 'fake news' he likes to attack. Utter BS and a terrible person!!!!!
SmallVoice
Well said!!! Spins and false hopes are sometimes like the last straw one can clutch on when all hope for the good to win over evil is gone!!
Symbol48
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Hard to figure out what to believe these days. I asked in a previous post what is in it for Simon to do all of this? Well, one thing that’s in it is that his YouTube Channel went from 10,000 subscribers to 600,000 (before he moved to Bitchute). So, this is one thing that is in it for him - a large audience and the ability to monetize this via advertising. However, despite his weird background, I find it hard to disbelieve him … that is, hard to believe he is outright lying. He certainly seems to believe in what he is telling us. Again, perhaps my (our, his subscriber’s) desire to believe what he says as much as his belief in what he says. Reminds me of an article called “Visionary Rumors" I wrote 25 years ago that was published in Psychological Perpectives from the Jung Institute of Los Angeles. (The article is here at ww.cgjungpage.org/learn/articles/analytical-psychology/124-visionary-rumors-and-the-symbolism-of-the-psychoanalytic-movement). In one of the last books of his lifetime, Flying Saucers, Jung explored the fantasy aspect of flying saucers and speculated that there must be a desire in the general population to believe in them. It might be something like this with the belief of Simon and our blief in what he says. Stay tuned. Simon says everything will be coming down in the next few days. As usual, I’ll update everyone on the list.
 
 

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Thingsthatmakeugohmm
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I guess my thought is. For a magazine that is held in such high regard. Mainly from the people that work there. Why bother writing such an extensive article for someone you view as crackers. Just seems weird to me that you would pick him out of all the "conspiracy theorists" on the internet. I mean seriously, what harm is he doing by giving people hope? Hope that some day these useless and crooked politicians and elites will be held accountable.
 
 

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Lindapp58
I hope all Parker says is true for the reasons you mentioned. If only the lying cheaters would pay for their illegal acts just once! Since Hillary we’ve been hearing that they were going to be charged, and NOTHING ever happens!
TheTrueConservative
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It is sad that Simon Parkes gave so much hope to so many Americans, just so that those hopeful Americans could be disappointed. I admit that I myself was a bit hopeful, but also thought that it had to be too good to be true. Unfortunately, I was correct.
 
 

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BluishAnon
I paid attention to him for a bit, it's not 'sad' like you say, he was/is misleading people blatantly and MALICIOUSLY!!!!!!! Hopefully his alien mother will come back and abduct him!!!
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Beaniegurl
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Im hearing Simon is a false flag a CIA Op.To throw people off of liberals
 
 

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