Friday, February 10, 2017

Studying Steve Bannon

Because your life is in his hands, you ought to be studying Steve Bannon.
Never once having read Breitbart, I have been doing my homework about Bannon, concentrating on what he has said and written that is most widely disseminated.
I think he is right about the threat of radical Islamic extremists who want us dead. I think his adulation over the Judeo-Christian tradition is short-sighted. His adherence to nationalism over globalism is short-sighted. His praise for traditionalism is rooted in fear over some unspecified future change. 
Religion, nationalism and traditionalism are the pillars supporting his backyard and the fence around it, but he either ignores or doesn't like the fact that his home was other long before it was his. In fact, his world has been other many times over before it was his. Bannon's backyard was nothingness and timelessness, and then it was water or fire and stone, and then the province of plants and animals and naked people whose actions would shock a traditionalist in a time machine. His yard was owned by other nations speaking other languages and with other gods. The stubborn lines drawn by his philosophy are the ones he learned in maybe third grade. 
In a nutshell, Bannon is someone who has seen roaches in his kitchen and wants to exterminate them. Great, but what he forgets is that if my neighbor in the apartment down the hall has roaches, I have them. What he forgets is that roaches mutate. There will always be some form of roach in his kitchen making him swing a club just like the naked caveman who used to squat in his backyard. The better route would be to genetically modify the roach to make it not a pest. Apply that strategy to his philosophy and you get internationalism, intermarriage, globalism and harmless/non-aggressive religion. (Everything he currently hates.) 
Knowing this about him, everything falls into place. In 2014, Bannon said this about Putin, "I’m not justifying Vladimir Putin and the kleptocracy that he represents, because he eventually is the state capitalist of kleptocracy. However, we the Judeo-Christian West really have to look at what he’s talking about as far as traditionalism goes — particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism — and I happen to think that the individual sovereignty of a country is a good thing and a strong thing. I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors, and that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward.
You know, Putin’s been quite an interesting character. He’s also very, very, very intelligent. I can see this in the United States where he’s playing very strongly to social conservatives about his message about more traditional values, so I think it’s something that we have to be very much on guard of."
A visit to a good optometrist might help Bannon and might help save our lives and those of our children.