Alex Jones Conspiracy Scumbag
there's this guy, Alex Jones, a scumbag. the thing about these scums is there if they are intentional. but even that gets complicated, cuz people lie to themselves.
when you have people like that, you have to ask, if he's intentional?
Does he truly believe in what he say, or he's just manipulating people?
but then, that question itself is complex. Because, many cult founders and scammers, truly believed in the crazy things they sell. (excepts the parts that may harm themselves)
the key here is to lie to yourself. You can do that when you verge on a decision that may benefit you but you feel it's not right. (say, gets you 100 thousand dollars, or, fuck friend's wife) That's when, you just need a little self-cajoling, reason around a little bit, look at the other side, to convince yourself you are not doing wrong. After all, the question of ethics is often elusive.
Most politicians do that.
You have to lie to yourself because otherwise people see it in your face.
by the way, i learned about the lying to self else people will see it bit, from Mencius Moldbug. [see Mencius Moldbug vs Social Justic Warriors]