You must tell the truth while you testify

The war between Alex Jones and truth:

The judge, Maya Guerra Gamble, scolded Jones, after he told untruths at least twice on the stand. “It seems absurd to instruct you again that you must tell the truth when you testify, but here I am: you must tell the truth while you testify,” she said. “This is not your show.”

Jones tried to interject, saying he had only said what he believed to be the truth.

“You believe everything you say is true, but it isn’t. Your beliefs do not make something true. That is what we’re doing here,” the judge said.

But if he really believes everything he says is true how is he to know it’s not true?

By learning a little epistemic humility, I suppose. By learning that his belief doesn’t make something true.

But of course he has zero motivation to do that, because his whole career has been built on the opposite.

He claims to be a “voracious reader.”

He lists a number of books written about the second world war and the Nazi regime that he read as a young man. Among the ones that most shaped his thinking, he says, was None Dare Call it a Conspiracyby Gary Allen, a prominent member of the ultraconservative John Birch Society. The book claims that an all-powerful group of businessmen, communists and socialists are secretly trying to take control of the world.

Ok here we go – here’s an opportunity for some epistemic humility, or at least caution. Why would “businessmen” team up with communists and socialists? Pause, take a deep breath, and think about that.

On his regular Infowars show, Jones is bombastic and animated. He gets worked up into fierce diatribes about such matters as demons and politics, fluoride in the water supply and an interlinked global conspiracy that is responsible for everything from Covid to gun control.

Ah yes fluoride. How pleasingly antiquarian of him.

Fluoridation of Water: Communist Conspiracy, Genuine Threat or Both?

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