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Almost all of the prominent U.S. neocons have been madly snapping at everything and everybody who opposes the Western right-wing dogmas, be they Chinese or Russian leaders, local opposition figures, or, lately, even the Pope.

Individuals like Steve Bannon, often greatly influence leaders like President Donald Trump. Then they fall out of grace, sometimes because of some personal quarrels, and “get fired”. But, regularly, at least some of them, bounce back.

And, even if they do not return to the White House, do they disappear into thin air? Hardly. Their destructive legacy marches on.

Mr. Bannon cannot stand the Pontiff of the Catholic Church. Same as he hates the leadership of the People’s Republic of China, or the Worker’s Party (PT) in Brazil.

It is clear that behind his emotions is a disease so common to all neocons: loathing for the poor, and admiration for wealth and brutal power.

Pope Francis is as far from the former darling of the Western right-wing establishment, the Polish Cold-War warrior Pope John Paul the Second, as one can get. An Argentinian, a former bouncer of a nightclub, and an outspoken defender of the “have nots”, Pope Francis is truly eccentric and human. As such he is continuously criticized, even insulted by Mr. Trump’s entourage, as well as by the President himself.

“Disgraceful,” fumed Mr. Trump, as early as 2016, when Pope Francis travelled to Mexico and declared that building walls between countries was not Christian.

The Pope’s statements about social justice and the evilness of capitalism turned both Mr. Bannon and Mr. Trump, into his sworn enemies.

In 2019, it was reported by The Telegraph that Steve Bannon advised the far-right Italian leader, Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, to attack the Pope on immigration issues.

Mr. Bannon was forced to leave the White House in August 2017 (where he served as President Trump’s strategist), but he never abandoned the struggle against progressive governments, movements and individuals, worldwide.

Now he is based outside Rome, in the Trisulti Monastery, working with the far-right Dignitatis Humanae Institute.

He was accused of aiding Ms. Le Pen in France, and various other right-wing leaders in Europe. On May 20, 2019 , The Telegraph published a chilling analysis:

“Mr. Bannon has made no bones about wanting to unify European nationalist parties via his group, The Movement, and is known to be close to Miss Le Pen and Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini.

‘If sovereignist, populist and nationalist movements do well in European elections, it will help these movements around the world and that will also be useful for Trump in America’, he told RMC.”

One wonders whether Mr. Bannon, as well as Mr. Bolton, and others, truly left the White House, or whether they were reassigned to some concealed but more effective positions at home and abroad.

In July 2018, Bannon declared:

“We are at war with China. We’re winning.”

Just a few days earlier, he spoke to CNBC and put it really bluntly:

“Trump knows he needs to unite the West against the rise of a totalitarian China… How it ends is in victory. Victory is when they give all full access to their markets.”

The usual Western dogma: full surrender, unconditional obedience, falling to the knees. Religious submission to capitalism, and to “Western values”. And all that hypocritical chatter about “totalitarianism”, “freedom” and “rights”.

China said “no”, by words and deeds. No surrender, no slavery.

What followed was predictable: direct, relentless propaganda attacks against Beijing, the triggering of a Western-sponsored ‘rebellion’ in Hong Kong, the further arming and radicalization of the Uyghurs, provocations in the South China Sea, and an assault on one of the flagships of China’s high-tech industry: Huawei.

Steve Bannon’s statements and actions had been monitored and analyzed by several media outlets, including RT, which reported on 22 May, 2019:

“Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon gave an impassioned account of what is driving the US war on Chinese tech firm Huawei… and trade has little to do with it. The US wants to destroy its competitor, for good.

Bannon, often credited with putting Trump in the White House, said that driving Huawei out of the US and Europe is far more critical than any trade deal with Beijing, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday.”

The report then concluded:

“Bannon’s threats went beyond Huawei. He called for Chinese companies to be restricted from accessing capital markets “until [they agree to] fundamental reform.” While his outlook of fundamentally clashing civilizations is often viewed as extreme, his comments are actually in keeping with Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission, who said that companies that want access to US markets need to first prove they “share Western values.”

Yes, ‘Western Values”. Read clearly between the lines: No other ‘values’ than Western ones should be allowed to govern the world. In fact, “there are no values but Western values”. Sounds familiar? Fundamentalism? Yes, precisely. And for years and decades, I have been warning my readers, that this is exactly what the West, its leaders and its propaganda, have been emitting.

In Zero Hedge, Tyler Durden correctly analyzed true position of Steve Bannon:

“Despite Bannon has been cast away from the close circle of Trump advisors – at least for public consumption – Bannon is still the main puppet master in the White House.”

That is clearly evident.

And so, Bannon could be defined as a chief [shadow] U.S. emissary to the world.

He is openly trying to unite extreme-right-wing forces in Europe, meddling in the internal affairs of, at least on paper independent countries of the “old continent”. He is so ruthless, that he is even proving to be ‘too much’, too aggressive, for some right-wing governments, like that of Austria.

He is insatiable; essentially operating everywhere, where dark, fascist forces are at work, or could be encouraged to re-emerge.

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He helped to put an extreme right-winger, Jair Bolsonaro, onto the throne in Brazil. Mr. Bolsonaro is so outrageous, so brutal, that his success in Brazil appeared to be, at first, unimaginable. But Steve Bannon made sure that impossible dream of the right-wing would come true.

In August, 2018, Telesur wrote:

“Political strategist Steve Bannon, a founding member of the far right-wing news website Breitbart News and former chief advisor to United States President Donald Trump, will be an advisor to Brazilian Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro for the upcoming elections in October.”

“Bannon said that Bolsonaro’s mission in Brazil” will be more “arduous” than Trump’s presidential campaign, said Eduardo Bolsonaro[Jair Bolsonaro’s son].”

“According to Bannon, his exit from the White House was pre-meditated. “I’d always planned on spending one year… I want to get back to Breitbart,” he said to the Weekly Standard.”

“Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons… I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a fucking machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

He is smearing Pope Francis who has been departing from the conservative position of previous Popes, and openly criticizing capitalism and Western foreign policy.

And, he goes against China, in such an aggressive way that, if Donald Trump follows his advice, it would not only lead to a new Cold War, but to an unavoidable confrontation between two of the most powerful countries on earth: China and the United States.

No one elected him, and after Donald Trump officially fired him from the White House, no one from the political establishment of the United States has been employing him.

Yet, Steve Bannon is increasingly ‘influential’, in his destructive way. No one dares to charge him with meddling in the internal affairs of Italy, or the European Union. He appears to be ‘untouchable’.

He pushes the West into a suicidal confrontation with China. He insults and provokes China so openly and vulgarly, that Beijing is forced to react, resolutely and indignantly.

It is therefore time to ask, who Steve Bannon really is?

Yes, sure: a former naval officer, an investment banker, a Hollywood producer, a mass media policymaker, chief executive of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a man connected to the notorious Cambridge Analytica.

He not only scares the Left, but many inside the U.S. establishment.

According to the Boston Globe:

“On November 15, 2016, U.S. Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island released a letter to Trump signed by 169 Democratic House Representatives urging the President-Elect to rescind his appointment of Bannon. The letter stated that appointing Bannon “sends a disturbing message about what kind of president Donald Trump wants to be”, because his “ties to the White Nationalist movement have been well documented”; it went on to present several examples of Breitbart News’ alleged xenophobia.”

Mr. Bannon, it was feared, belonged to a white nationalist movement. He denied it, but the allegations never vanished.

In summary: is Steve Bannon an apparatchik of the U.S.? Yes. A propagandist of the extreme right-wing? Definitely. A white supremacist? Most likely. A promoter of Western exceptionalism? No doubt about it. But it appears that he is much more than all that. Much more! As Bolton is more than he appears to be, and even Mike Pompeo.

What do these neocons really want? Of course, they want absolute victory for the West. They want to be able to dictate to all the continents of the world how to think, how to live, how to behave, even how to produce and consume. They do not know how to stop, or how to compromise. They can only go in one direction; never looking back.

The most terrifying thing about them is that they are willing to easily sacrifice anything and everything, for the implementation of their dogma: millions of human lives, or even entire economies, world peace, prosperity, anything.

As far as they are concerned, if the West cannot compete, if it is losing in competition (ideologically, economically, culturally or socially), then it has to fight militarily, or through sanctions, plus propaganda. It clearly stinks of fanaticism: either victory or death. Not unlike ISIS.

Steve Bannon is not the only one of the ‘elite’ ideological warriors of the West. But he is one of the most dangerous, determined, and a shady apparatchiks West has.

Steven Bannon is a talented propagandist and promoter of Western supremacy and imperialist “culture”. He is extremely dangerous, mainly because he knows precisely what he is doing and what he wants to achieve: total control over the world. He has been operating in business, media, entertainment and politics. He wears many hats. He is in possession of what he calls, “many weapons”.

The damage he has been causing to the world is enormous.

[First published by NEO – New Eastern Outlook – a journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences]

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Four of his latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter. His Patreon

 
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  1. Tulip says:

    Steve Bannon is a poopy head. There, I could have saved you 1894 words.

    • Replies: @Franz
  2. Svevlad says:

    Eh, you tend to use obsoleted language (like left and right, or fascist vs socialist) too much, the modern world went beyond

    You’ll see people calling themselves communists, defending the rich (antifa dogs), socialists that can as well be called fascist in their nationalistic policies (yet no mass murder hmmm, think of Lukashenko)

    Now’s the era of communitarianism/sovereignism (Xi, Putin, Nazarayev, Assad, campaign Trump..) vs cosmopolitanism (nearly the entire democratic party, basically the entire West, almost all “liberals” and “communists), since the economic conditions to led to marxist thought have been successfully alleviated (workers rights are considered normal almost everywhere, etc), which the cosmopolitans want to desperately undermine (since they’re the corrupt capitalist stereotype, with a “socialist” facade, ironically).

  3. Franz says:
    @Tulip

    Steve Bannon is a poopy head.

    Right, but just one other thing.

    His “big advice” to get Trump elected, supposedly, was “Tell the working class what it wants to hear, get elected, and then do whatever the plutocrats want.”

    Not really new advice. Been working since Sam Gompers, and that was even before the CIA infiltrated the AFL/CIO. No labor union hasn’t been an asset since President Kennedy.

  4. There is ample reason to piss on the current Pope. What sort of “leader” would encourage the invasion of Christian lands by people of another religion that tried, unsuccessfully for 1400 years, to invade?
    If he’s against walls, he can start by ordering the wall surrounding the Vatican to be taken down. He can welcome all of the street shitting to take place in St. Peter’s Square.

    As for Bannon, most of what he says is no more egregous than a POS like Frum, Pelosi, or Kristol. Sure he’s a rabid capitalist, but so is Hillary Clinton. The difference is that he doesn’t pretend he’s not.

    • Agree: Biff
  5. Zimriel says:

    “Disgraceful,” fumed Mr. Trump, as early as 2016, when Pope Francis travelled to Mexico and declared that building walls between countries was not Christian.

    So? That *was* a disgraceful thing for Bergoglio to say. Hypocritical too, for a man who hires mercenaries from Switzerland to keep Vatican City great.

    Bannon might well be sloppy, stupid, and/or evil but I’m not going to entertain arguments in any direction from this author. This author doesn’t have an interest in American interests, nor in Western interests generally. His name doesn’t have enough vowels.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  6. Francis wants to Africanize Europe, and so do the globalist capitalists.

    You’re their stooge despite your pretending to be communist.

    Wall Street and Hollywood love Francis.

    • Agree: utu
  7. Jack ⧝ says:

    The real issue with Bannon is not that he might be a white nationalist – he’s certainly not. The real issues are that he is: 1) a fake populist who is actually a Goldman Sachs man; 2) a rabid Zionist who is more pro-Israel than he is pro-America; 3) almost certainly compromised, as evidenced by his association with Jeffrey Epstein. Number three probably explains number two, and also probably explains why he went from rightly criticizing Bush and Obama’s foreign wars to now openly pushing for war with China, which is astronomically insane.

    As for Vltchek’s love of Pope Francis, apparently it’s based on nothing more than a few of his statements in support of the “poor oppressed.” Hell, if that’s all it takes, I suppose he likes Barack Obama too.

  8. G. Poulin says:

    People don’t hate the pope because they loathe the poor. People hate the pope because the pope is an idiot.

    • Agree: TTSSYF
  9. Unzreader says:

    All in all this is a fairly simplistic analysis of Bannon that fails to dig deeper into any of his real motives, I could have done much better and I’m not even a writer or journalist. Instead, a bunch of assumptions about him are put forward which are predicated on his external behavior, or what others ‘fear’ about him. Here is hint Andre, why does Bannon refer to the obscure perennialist author René Guénon (a virulent anti-materialist who converted to Islam no less) as one of his favorites in his various interviews and why has Bannon said that reading his books was a life-changing experience? The notion that Bannon is some white-nationalist neocon obsessed with advancing the interests of transatlantic capitalism is nonsense.

    If you dig a little deeper into his interviews you’ll clearly find that 1) he is motivated by spiritual concerns and is concerned that we are in a spiritual dark age (which is closely connected to materialistic values as Guénon explains in his books), 2) he is a populist who is against neoliberal capitalism (see for example the many times he has railed against the EU, free trade and crony capitalism) he only pushes pro-business policies insofar as he views non-corrupt business practices and honest international trade (such as selling manufactured goods overseas which were made in America) as something that benefits the middle class, and 3) he has denounced white nationalism and figures like Richard Spencer many times and instead advocates civic-nationalism. While Bannon doesn’t favor typical left-wing handouts the rich elites are more often the target of his proposed policies than poor people. If Bannon is as you paint him than why did he call for 44% income tax for people who make more than $5 million when he was in the White House?

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-26/bannon-is-said-to-call-for-44-tax-on-incomes-above-5-million

  10. c matt says:

    Well, that was a waste of five minutes.

  11. Vlatchek defends the Pope of Death!
    The Jesuit from Argentina who sat back and watched the junta torture and murder.
    Wow. I guess old, brain dead Communists get alzheimer’s too.

  12. Kestrel says:

    President Trump seems to project his critics into a derangement syndrome and Vltcheck is merely a case in point.

    Truth be known, ’45 would love to return the USA to an international trading position of pre-1941 — with 33% import tariffs — not unlike the situation effected by international sanctions against Russia today.

    Of course, the United States after 1945 quickly lowered the 33% tariffs to 2.5% for most of the world and did not demand reciprocity, in order to assist “allies” to rebuild and thereby enter 1st world industrial status. By 1970, all sorts of countries, including Europe and Japan, had entered 1st and 2nd world status, and were now bleeding the US financially. By 2015 this bleeding amounted to $800 BILLION per year and had caused a rise of American unemployment to 91 MILLION.

    For 1 year during his election primaries and 3 years after his Presidential election, ’45 and his economic deputies, Mnuchin / Lighthizer / Ross spoke of tariff parity in successive G – 7 and G – 20 conferences. These are now implementing the program: 15% US tariffs for 15% EU tariffs and so on. Apparently, leaders in the rest of the world imagined that President Trump was not serious — perhaps because they regularly lie to their constituents with no bad consequences.

    Now facing reciprocity tariffs, EU leaders are not explaining to their respective countries that they had 3 years to prepare for reciprocity, such as negotiate a tariff parity restoration program and did nothing. Now in deep recession, they declare astonishment and betrayal. Meanwhile, wage earning families in the USA have seen wage growth of $5,000 per year and $2,000 in lowered taxes, for a standard of living rise of $7,000 per year, as manufacturing returns to the country.

  13. Archangel says:

    Many, many things are wrong with this paper. I shall pick on one:

    On November 15, 2016, U.S. Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island released a letter to Trump signed by 169 Democratic House Representatives urging the President-Elect to rescind his appointment of Bannon.

    David Cicilline and many other Democrats are comfortably elected because of union support. Most unions have overwhelmingly white membership. Yet the policies promoted by the Democrats are broadly anti-white so they act against the very people that ensure their election and reelection. Any campaign that puts the spotlight on this may weaken union support and shatter their comfort. They thought Bannon might organise such a campaign from the White House and endanger them. Hence their letter and other actions along the same line.

  14. Bugg says:

    Except Pope Francis is in fact a heretical asshole. Broken clocks and such.

  15. dvorak says:

    Stopped reading when this moronic author said Bannon is a neocon.

    Quality control, please, Ron Unz.

  16. @Zimriel

    That *was* a disgraceful thing for Bergoglio to say.

    Why was it “disgraceful”? It may have been absurdly idealistic. It may have been out of touch with reality. But how was it a disgrace? I guess you and Trump must understand something different from the word “disgraceful” than I do.

    I’m not going to entertain arguments in any direction from this author. This author doesn’t have an interest in American interests, nor in Western interests generally.

    I don’t begin to understand your logic here. Doesn’t his argument stand or fall on its own merits regardless of his feelings about America and the West?

  17. only ones following the rosetta stone face are deluded dumbass Christian zionists(freemasons) and neocon zionists

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