Bannonphobes En Vogue

“Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists,” reads a recent New York Times headline. “President Bannon?” reads another from a few weeks earlier. The Atlantic calls him “reportedly a reader of neoreactionary political theory.” Steve Bannon is the White House Chief Strategist and a permanent member of the Principals Committee of the National Security Council. President Donald Trump appointed him to both.

It is noteworthy that Trump has little in the way of complex or deep ideological foundations, while his chief adviser seems to have such a background. In a way, that is almost how things should be, with the sovereign dedicated to the art of ruling and his advisers and councilors fulfilling other specialized roles. But the media, who Bannon correctly identified as “the opposition party,” are in a word, hysterical about this particular man’s rise to the top.

I suppose it is bad enough (for them) to have a bull loose in the Cathedral’s china shop, without a matador leading it deeper into the the place. But even with Trump being the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler according to the media, it is somehow worse still that one of his advisers may be an actual reader of near-fascist traditionalist philosophy? For all the horror and hand-wringing signaled over Trump, it is somehow even more alarming who is in his circle? If Trump is the devil of America’s liberal civic religion, how can anything be worse than the devil? How is anything noteworthy beyond Satan being Satan in building a case against Satan? Is reading Evola worse than being literally Hitler?

This is where Bannonphobia becomes interesting. Trump is easy; he’s an avatar of white identity politics for them to scream at. He’s their lawful evil, a Republican president of the United States. Such people are always Hitler. While the reaction to Trump is rage and hysteria, Bannon is something else.

Bannon inspires terror. I don’t mean terror in the sense of orchestrated and politically-motivated acts of violence. I mean a pure sinking sense of dread and all-pervading fear. Here is someone who is not a politician, someone with independent thought, who is largely unaccountable to public opinion since he has a guaranteed platform, and whose career consists of influencing people through narrative-constructing media. The reason the chattering class singles out Bannon is because he is a rogue version of their own revolution. He is counter-revolutionary. He can name his enemies and describe the struggle against them in a way that hasn’t been seen since the “culture wars” of the 1990s. And he is more aggressive and effective at it, a sort of post-paleoconservative with a splash of Leninism. He turns the left’s own mindset upon them.

For observers, that is terrifying. The White House was supposed to go to another progressive Brahmin surrounded by progressive Brahmin advisers, and instead there’s Trump and Bannon (and Miller). The American elite and their internationalist partners were not planning this fight. They did not want someone who could name the game and savage them. This is an enemy who has declared his job is to push politics rightward, not just to lash out in confusion at the latest liberal innovation and demand it be overturned.

They see themselves in Bannon. That sinking feeling you are experiencing? You are fighting an enemy you don’t know you can beat. The Left has treated the right like bacteria. Instead of being clean themselves, they’ve opted to use hand sanitizer over and over and over. Now they’ve got superbacteria and some of the most left-immune forms of the Right are in power.

The Left’s quiver is out of rhetorical arrows. If Hitler is in power, why should anyone care that Evola is his adviser? The people who want to hit the streets and punch “Nazis” don’t care about this. Bannonphobia is pure Brahmin panic. A New York Times columnist should be in Bannon’s seat, and that is what strikes terror and jealousy into their hearts.

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  1. Laguna Beach Fogey February 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    He scares the hell out of them. They know a True Believer when they see one.

    On a related note, it’s interesting that so many key figures of Trump’s circle have Southern California ties: Bannon, Miller, Anton, Pompeo.

    Anton, you might be interested to know, has been active in the men’s online style community for years and is considered an authority on men’s suits. He has authored a well-respected book on the subject.

    1. That’s because Southern California is the Tropical Aryan urheimat, of course.

    2. This last bit is particularly interesting to me, who didn’t know it, because it cements the argument that Trump is dressing poorly on purpose, as a repudiation of the Brahmin and in solidarity with his Vaisya base.

      (His suits are too big, his ties poorly done and too long, he intentionally slouches, his cuffs stick out too much, etc. etc. I’m not complaining, just pointing out what I mean.)

  2. In the political science class I am currently taking, we talked about this Banning appointment. It was interesting to hear how everyone was “worried” by his “inexperience” with the position Trump put him in. This of course was just another way of them saying that they are “worried” by him not being a leftist.

    If they truly were only worried about lack of experience, then they would be much more “worried” about Trump than Bannon. Both are complete outsiders to the Establishment system, but one has much more power than the other, or at the very least, is much more in the public image than the other.

  3. This was somewhat mirrored in the previous administration, the big difference was that BigO was supposed to be ‘such an intellect’ and this kept the spotlight off of Jarrett for the most part, although she was the real puppeteer. The cathedral hid this otherwise easily demonstrated relationship from hoi polloi.

  4. As I have posted elsewhere, Evola may be one of a few people who are certified non-Fascists, as may be seen from the following account of Evola’s trial, in post-war Italy, for fomenting Fascism: “He [Evola] asked the prosecutor, Dr. Sangiorgi, where in his published writings he had defended ‘distinctively Fascist ideas’. Sangiorgi admitted that there were no such specific passages, but that the general spirit of his works promoted ‘Fascist ideas,’ such as monocracy, hierarchism, aristocracy, or elitism. Evola responded, ‘I should say that if such are the terms of the accusation, I would be honored to see seated here next to me as defendants men such as Aristotle, Plato, the Dante of De Monarchia, and so on, up to Metternich and Bismarck.’ At this point, Evola’s lawyer Carnelutti shouted out ‘La polizia e andata in cerca anche di costoro!’ (‘The police have gone to look for them, too!’)”

    Evola was found by the jury to be not just “not guilty” but “innocent” [a verdict that is an option in Italian criminal law, apparently]. J. Evola, “A Traditionalist Confronts Fascism” (introduction by E. Christian Kopff).

    1. Great comment.

    2. it is epic, isn’t it.

  5. Christopher Bradstock February 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Yes, they see their own reflection in Bannon, and that reflection scares them. Trump’s team, by luck or design, dominates the OODA loop.

    He’s been doing this from the start. Can you really attribute it to luck? No, it’s instinct.

    This Bannon attack is really just an oblique attack on Trump. They want Trump to think Bannon is controlling him, hoping that this will cause Trump to ditch him.

    They’re trying to play Trump’s game. They know what Trump does to rivals, so they’re trying to paint Bannon as a rival, partially because Bannon is the only one in the White House suspectible to this sort of treatment. They know Trump views him differently. Bannon’s tolerated lack of peacock feathers supports this.

  6. Bannon, and potentially Miller, provide what the French call, “le longue duree” to this administration. Combined with Trump’s flair for tactical maneuvering and ability to manage public opinion, this is a truly terrifying combination for the left to have to combat.

    Laudate Dominum brothers.

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