With all the noise emanating from Trump’s Twitter account it is interesting to find that Steven Bannon’s account is almost silent. Not interesting in a surprising way but definitely illuminating — indeed a perfect metaphor for how he lurks quietly within Trump’s agenda. Why is it this way? There is no way to be sure and that is not really the question that needs to be answered but analysis of the account is definitely intriguing. As it sets out exactly what his ideology is without saying the words — all in four tweets — which is all it is comprised of.
The words being … White Supremacist Christian Western Culture v. everyone and everything else, and destruction of the current world order. And the easiest enemies, meaning the most accepted in American culture currently, are Muslims and immigrants.
Bannon is Trump’s Chief Political Strategist, and his possible (probable) puppeteer. He has been placed on the NSC (as his 2.3.17 Tweet references), an unprecedented power play that has shaken up the intelligence community, the military, the federal government, Washington, DC — literally the entire world.
There has been much written about Bannon of late, most recently his origin story, which the Wall Street Journal published and interestingly cross published on a Fox News site. It has been ripped apart as a myth by numerous outlets and thousands of words. My own take is that it is simply a play on the early 20th Century, anti-Semitic, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which in turn is based on the much older Blood Libel. This is at the heart of all of Bannon’s beliefs — Jews control everything in a vast global conspiracy.
Bannon’s alt-right ideology and his specifically delineated Leninism*, is reprehensible and is downplayed by the mainstream media, (I use this term to call attention to television news, the medium that is, besides social media which is tailored to one’s own beliefs, constantly blaring in the background.), as it is obviously no coincidence that Trump has surrounded himself with people of this ilk. Besides Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, Michael Anton, Stephen Miller, Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (The new, and already disgraced Attorney General – for lying about speaking to the Russian ambassador at his confirmation hearing, because he was caught, not because of the lie – and having to recuse himself from all Russia related investigations.), and Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn (The already resigned (fired) chief of the NSC — again, not because of a lie but because he was caught speaking to the Russian ambassador.) come to mind quickly as alt- light ideologues. Not to mention Trump’s cabinet which seems designed for destruction, in a nod to Bannon’s Leninism.
There is a problem with the main stream media and the public in general — that problem is accepting reality and, to a lesser extent, disregarding the propaganda that is inherent in it. The United States is at war and the Nightly News makes it seem as if government is Reality TV.
If the United States was occupied by a foreign power it would be acceptable to say so but there is a disconnect between what Russia accomplished, the alt-right controls and what is occurring daily — it has begun to seem like the population is getting more distant from the seat of power because that is exactly the goal — that is until the hammer of realty hits the collective delusion squarely on the head.
The root of the problem, the needle in the haystack, the foul that must be called — and has not as of yet — Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch believes in independent judges, not an independent judiciary. His appointment would give Trump and thus Bannon control of all three branches of government.
Bannon’s alt-right ideology is inspired by the most vile of humanity’s beliefs — that race is a real thing and that one is superior to another. It is this White Christian Supremacist ideology that has taken hold prominently in the White House but in reality permeates the entire Republican Party and as Chauncey DeVega writes in Salon, “has been a 50-year backlash against the civil rights movement.” Bannon treats The Camp of the Saints, a racist French treatise that describes immigrants as people that eat feces, as gospel.
He touts the clash of civilizations as reality, not as conspiracy. At the Vatican in 2014 he said …
“There is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global,” …
Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it is — and the scale of it, and really the viciousness of it — will be a day where you will rue that we didn’t act.”
It is this, radical, hardline that seems to be running White House policy, even changing the wording of a letter to Iran (which reporting indicates he was against sending at all but seemingly his letter is more destructive than none at all), for the Persian New Year of Norwuz, to reflect this incendiary agenda. This is all on top of his references to Julius Evola and Aleksandr Dugin.
Simply, hate and power are the two words that easily describe Bannon’s view, as this anything but subtle and infamous quote exemplifies:
“Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power”
As his cult of hate is fond of, Bannon masquerades conspiracy theory as theory and academic scholarship as jargon. Cunningly, he passes off the, The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny, as something that is more than fiction.
Needless to say it is his ideology that has led to the engineered chaos that is currently occurring and causing so much human suffering, as ICE’s continued unfettered assault on undocumented individuals illustrates. This too, represents the demonization of the other, which is part of all fascist regimes. Control of the masses through propaganda — stoke fear and hate, to garner control and power.
Taken together, this is the culmination of capitalism — the birth of neofascism and the on set of denial — the White House is under investigation for collusion with Russia, yet the government continues unfettered, with of greatest consequence, the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings for Trump’s nominee, judge Neil Gorsuch, an alt-right jurist in Bannon’s image, hidden underneath black robes and a choir boy facade.
Benjamin Doscher is a criminal defense attorney and freelance politics reporter. You can find his work here.