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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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KingEverybody
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To use a term that Simon Parkes might be more comfortable with, this analysis is poppycock. Conservatives have fought for years to ensure that free market economies can function like private citizens. Free speech is not being suppressed here, rather private companies are saying they have no obligation to promote messages they do not agree with (especially ones that are hateful and even support terrorist planning). The free market response should be to build your own servers and host your own platforms and then they can hate all they want. The other part is they should vote with dollars and stop endorsing twitter, FB, YT or any other platform that goes against their views. They need to start their own alt-right economy. Simon is not having his voice cut (YT is slowly banning him) he is being forced to realize that his voice is small and he has no real power. His response will be to create his own platform. and before we say that is impossible, if free market theory is true then the dollars of the conservative movement will vote for it...... (*ie I am going to start my own internet with blackjack and hookers and everything) look the truth is a neo-liberal centrist global view is winning here and that is just all there is too it. I can't say I agree but free speech is certainly not being jeopardized. He can still go into any public space, stand on a soap box, and shout whatever nonsense he would like to. He just cant do it privatley on youtube. and if someone says we have given these tech companies too much power, then vote for people to take it away. no one buys this 1st amendment angle. my very conservative family fought for years under the guise of 'I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone'. This is literally how the south regulated racial politics post jim crow.....well guess what....these are the fruits of that labor.
 
 

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AL CATRAZ
You also left out the fact that REAL TERRORISTS are not banned from these platforms! These platforms are private, I agree... but they ARE LIARS and at the same time ARE POLITICAL AGENTS OF THE DemocRATS/FASCIST LEFT! Therefore they should not have the PROTECTION from prosecution for THE PERSECUTION they carry-out ..
Tracy
You left out the part where Apple, Amazon, and Google work together with banks to disallow conservatives funding conservative projects, and force conservatives to also have to develop another Apple, Amazon, and Google so their services and products can be found, downloaded, or purchased. The modern Gutenberg here isn't just saying "go make your own printing press"; he's saying he owns all the forests, too, so you'll have to make your own trees to get paper to print on.
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The problem is concentration of power, whether in private hands or public domain. In the end, the rulers of a “Dictatorship of the Proles”, or a “Company Town” or a slave plantation end up looking and acting pretty much the same, in the eyes of We The (Deplorable) People. Which, BTW, is WHY the CCP Tyrants and Financial Oligarchs are simpatico with Global Empire, based on the sweatshops of Chinese slave labor...same as it ever was (the Problem, that is).
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OkieGirl
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He's not gone dark. He's moved to Bitchute because YouTube gave him a warning. Also he can be found on Blabla Podcast on YouTube until that channel gets a warning. He's also on Telegraph.
 
 

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KingEverybody
ahh telegraph, home of 13 year olds posting frog memes, crypto conspiracy boards, flat earthers, proud boys, and soon to be the RNC. At least we are putting all the crazies in one space.
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