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Steve Bannon’s Twitter Cesspool

 By Benjamin Doscher

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.

Steven Bannon’s 4 Tweets — his entire account as of 3.23.17
It is also notable that out of the 23 Bannon is following (as of 3.23.17) on Twitter, the above are the only foreign entities. PM Merkel, Kremlin News and the far-right French party, Front National.
The 5 tweets (as of 3.23.17) that Bannon likes on Twitter — who is this Joshua Pedraja? And why is he the only like besides these two usual suspects?
Joshua Pedraja’s Twitter feed (right) and Bannon’s Tweet which he replied to and Bannon liked. (left) This is out of 312 replies to Bannon’s Tweet — the only liked one. A cursory Google search found nothing. (seems like the typical alt-right sick mind from his feed and media) Maybe he’s just “lucky.” Bannon has no media.

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.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a fabricated document purporting to be factual. Textual evidence shows that it could not have been produced prior to 1901. It is notable that the title of Sergei Nilus’s widely distributed edition contains the dates 1902 — 1903. Wikipedia

                                    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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.


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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.

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The Camp of the Saint in the original French and an English translation.

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.

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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.

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Benjamin Doscher is a criminal defense attorney and freelance politics reporter.  You can find his work here.

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The Shudder Effect: iTunes, Twitter, and Web Hosting Drop White Nationalists

The last couple of weeks have seen a surge of “removals” for white nationalist voices from various platforms, social networks, and hosting sites.  Part of this is perceived as special treatment of these voices on places like Twitter, which has now said that it will be changing its feed function to work on an algorithm similar to how Facebook functions.  Currently, Twitter just shows you the tweets in the order in which they appear.  Facebook, on the other hand, shows people things in their feed on an algorithm that is “intended” to show them things that they prefer.  This may or may not work, and as people running Facebook pages may note that it is hard to get people to view your content without paid advertisements.  Twitter has been more open, but many people assume that this new function may target certain voices.

While there is not evidence that white nationalists are the reason for the Twitter changes, or that their functional changes are intended to target them, they are putting two and two together since Twitter continues to ban them for abusive behavior.  Much of this comes from The Right Stuff crowd who enjoys “trolling” people, which basically consists of digital harassment.  This is their idea of political engagement since they think it will get their memes into the mainstream, and, with things like Cuckservative, they were right.  Their reach has not been much beyond that, and this abusive behavior has seen popular white nationalist Twitter accounts like Charles Johnson and Andrews Anglin deleted(which led to the silly #FreeAnglin hashtag).

The bigger news is that iTunes has sort of followed the example led by Soundcloud and has taken down the extended reach of The Right Stuff/The Daily Shoah and the Radix Journal Podcast.  Recently, Soundcloud dropped the Daily Shoah because of their violent racialism and slurs, forcing them first to Archive.org and then to another place to host their growing line of podcasts.  Now, iTunes disrupted the feed, making it impossible to find them through a regular search.  This caused a problem in their iTunes feed as their programs like Rebel Yell were mislabeled.  Richard Spencer created a video(and podcast that was distributed on iTunes, ironically), discussing how this “new digital censorship” could make them look as though they “simply don’t exist.”

The Daily Shoah saw a more direct type of interference beyond just their iTunes disruption as their famous forums got taken down by the hosting.  The forums are often the more exaggerated version of the podcast itself, it is where the fans use all manor of racial slurs and indulge in their self-referential jargon.  Here, they began discussing a woman who had been posting pictures of her two daughters with her two adopted black sons.  Of course, they immediately began discussing how this put the two girls at risk, that it was “sexually provocative,” and that she was exploiting them.  They then went on to harass and insult her on social media, insulting her sons and referring to them with some of the most disgusting racial language you could imagine.  She then went on social media and rounded up people who found this behavior appalling and had an email campaign to the hosting service to tell them about the violation of their terms of service, mainly that it was being used to organize racist attacks.  After filing all of these complaints, they eventually revoked TRS’s agreement and shut down the forums.

We have had our own relationship with the forums ourselves as we consistently find the website discussed there and often get boosts of traffic when they link to us(and it drives up our place in Google search results significantly.).  The forum content was always available through Google search results, something Mike Enoch tried to block yet was not very consistent with.  The new forums that they are in the process of creating promises to not be available through Google since they are using some very private, off-shore hosting(it sounds like some shady Bitcoin job).  We maintained forum accounts before, and we will on this new one as well.  Now they will be using “nginx,” but they are not quite up and ready to go yet.

While we applaud the efforts by every day people to challenge and shut down this racism, there is some potentials here that we are more dubious about.  If the voices can be completely shut down to them, our voices could be just as easily, so we need to keep this understanding in mind when developing strategy.  What is mainly getting them shut down is their vile racialism, something that is so roundly appalling that most platforms do not want to even take part.  Continuing to create a multi-faceted anti-racist movement, that both targets these types of voices and develops anti-racist perspectives in the culture are crucial.  If platforms become too responsive then there is potential for censorship on all fronts, so this should be taken serious when thinking about what methods should be used to achieve a “no platform” effect.  We stand with many places like Google becoming public utilities that are accountable to the people, both because it protects our voice, and it would actually leave the fascists up to some type of oversight.  They may decrease the ability to do simple platform pressure campaigns, but it could open up other avenues for counter organizing.