I once interviewed Steve Bannon at the National Press Club. He was part of a panel on “the future of conservatism.” I’ve spoken to him a few times and I’ve written a number of articles for Breitbart over the years. He strikes me as a tough, bulldog of a guy. He doesn’t take any guff and he knows the tactics of the social justice warriors better than most of the social justice warriors themselves. He can out Alinsky the Alinskyites. This is why the more radical elements of the political Left are afraid of him. He doesn’t play. This is why some are demonizing Bannon right now. They aren’t afraid of his politics. The lefties can deal with the politics. The social justice warriors, again, are afraid of him, the man.
Saying that I am sure there are plenty of things Bannon has written or said that might make me cringe a bit. We at ACC seek to be diplomatic when possible. Bannon isn’t so diplomatic. And that’s fine with us. It’s just a different way of doing business. But in my personal experience – and it is quite limited – Bannon absolutely is not the bigoted monster some would like to portray him to be.
Below is a mostly fair article on Steve Bannon written from what one senses is a pretty critical perspective. Basically the author comes to the conclusion that Bannon rubs lots of people the wrong way, particularly in the politically correct mainstream media (#oldmedia), and that he isn’t afraid to hold views that challenge the status quo on all sorts of levels. Bannon is the anti-media. The media obviously doesn’t like him. Bannon doesn’t get invited to Georgetown cocktail parties.
Bannon’s a brawler and as Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the face.” Bannon and Trump just punched the social justice warriors in the face. Hard. They don’t like it it and so in classic Alinskyite fashion the sjws have sought to isolate and ridicule Bannon.
Good luck with that.
(From The Business Insider)
Organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League condemned Bannon for “aggressively pushing stories against immigrants” and his association with “unabashed anti-Semites and racists.”
The characterization of Bannon himself as anti-Semitic, racist, and white nationalist has been based mostly on articles published at Brietbart News, an alt-right news website.
But, while it does not stretch the imagination to hold Bannon accountable for material published at the organization under his leadership, it seems prudent to examine Bannon’s own words and writings to try to understand his worldview…
…Bannon spent much of the HDI talk criticizing aspects of capitalism, particularly what he called “crony capitalism” and “corporatism,” which he asserted had overtaken the US and Europe. He repeatedly trashed bankers for the 2008 financial crisis and the US government for bailing out the banks and creating “a free option” for the financial industry to gamble…
…Here’s how Bannon describes the tea party and Breitbart’s dominant theme:
“And the theme is middle-class and working-class people — they’re saying, ‘Hey, I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked. I’m getting less benefits than I’m ever getting through this, I’m incurring less wealth myself, and I’m seeing a system of fat cats who say they’re conservative and say they back capitalist principles, but all they’re doing is binding with corporatists.’ Right? Corporatists, to garner all the benefits for themselves.”