Clown World Chronicles: What Is A ‘Glowie’?

Alternative movements have always been concerned about spies within their ranks. It’s a fact of life that if you get any kind of interesting movement happening, the Establishment will try to fuck it up before it becomes a threat to them. Their agents who they task to do so are often referred to as ‘glowies’.

The term comes from the belief that infiltrators into certain groups stand out so much that it is as if they glow in the dark. Agents provocateur can enter Internet spaces and start agitating for violence as a way of poisoning the well. Sometimes these individuals stand out like a television screen stands out in a dark room.

A ‘glowie’ (or ‘glownigger’) is an infiltrator, usually a government-controlled one, who is advocating for some action that brings the group into disrepute. Their purpose is to sow discord and division within alternative movements, with the intent that those movements either collapse from infighting or are banned.

Some believe that federal intelligence agents are regular visitors to certain Internet locations. According to this belief, the security services are concerned that these Internet forums are radicalising young men into taking violent actions that threaten the Establishment. Both Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant were known to spend a lot of time online, and the security services want to preempt the next one like them.

Support for beliefs like this come from known facts about psychological operations such as Operation Mockingbird, in which the CIA made an effort to use the power of mass media to manipulate public opinion, molding it to be more conducive to achieving America’s security objectives.

Operation Mockingbird saw the CIA plant or recruit individuals within the mainstream media, who then used their position in the apparatus of propaganda to regiment the public’s opinions on certain matters. With control of enough media sources, the CIA was able to manufacture consent for evils like the Vietnam War.

The CIA claims to no longer do this, but evidence suggests they do. The mainstream media happily did the cheerleading for the Iraq War, just as willingly as if they had taken direction from the CIA itself. It wasn’t until after then that social media had become popular enough to threaten the television’s stranglehold on popular perception.

The rise of the Internet, the story has it, provided a new challenge to the CIA’s ability to control the narrative. Once people were able to discuss things in online groups of likeminded people, away from those trying to manipulate them, they started arriving at conclusions that the ruling class didn’t want them to.

Thanks to the Internet, people were able to get together and realise that the government was lying about cannabis, was lying about psychedelics, was lying about wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam (and everywhere else), was lying about acting in the people’s interest, was lying about their rights to enforce laws on an unconsenting populace etc.

Thanks to the Internet, many slaves came to leave the thought plantation.

The ultimate threat to the CIA’s narrative control comes from imageboards. On these boards, people from all around the world get together to discuss politics without interference from mainstream media brands and personalities. This leads them to draw conclusions that are unpalatable to their rulers.

To destroy imageboard culture, or so those afraid of glowies say, federal agents have descended on them with the specific intent of encouraging acts of violence. This violence achieves two major goals: associating violence with a particular imageboard can help to get it banned, and successful terrorist attacks cause the security services to get more government funding.

All this explains why, if someone suggests that the way forward is to start shooting people, that person will be called a “glowie” and told to piss off.

In reality, secret security officers don’t agitate to have politicians killed. That would be like a pub bouncer specifically inviting patched gang members into the bar to fight the bartenders, with the intent that the pub owner will then expand their security apparatus by hiring more bouncers. Secret security officers, like any other professional, are judged on how well their achieve their core responsibilities. Theirs are to keep politicians safe.

However, it’s true that the security services keep close tabs on alternative thinkers and places where alternative thinkers gather. They would be remiss not to, on account of that, historically speaking, challenges to the system are often violent. Ever since the assassination of President McKinley by anarchist Leon Czolgosz, those tasked with protecting the Establishment have believed that threats can arise from anywhere that freethinking is allowed to fester.

The author of this book has been visited by police officers who wanted to interrogate him about his political beliefs. This is becoming more and more common throughout Clown World. Glowies don’t encourage people to kill politicians online, but they’re sure not above letting freethinkers know they’re being watched.


This article is an excerpt from Clown World Chronicles, a book about the insanity of life in the post-Industrial West. This is being compiled by Vince McLeod for an expected release in the middle of 2020.


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