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Errol Morris’ American Dharma, which is a documentary about Steve Bannon, is probably the most elusive film ever produced by a major filmmaker. Although it premiered at film festivals in September 2018 and received a great deal of press (most of it negative) at the time, it was impossible to see for over a year thereafter. The distributors refused to bring it to theaters, it wasn’t shown on television, and you couldn’t find it streaming or on DVD. It wasn’t even pirated online anywhere. One couldn’t help but wonder, what was it that made this film too dangerous to be shown?

The answer, as it turns out once you see it, is nothing. Morris finally found a distributor which was able to get the film into brief showings at a few arthouse theaters here and there last autumn, and finally, just in recent weeks, it’s appeared on a few streaming services, including Amazon. But now that it’s out in the open, one can’t really see what all the fuss was about. Was it because Morris had hidden a brainwashing signal in it that would compel viewers to carry Tiki torches and vote for Trump? No. And in fact, there’s really nothing in the film that hasn’t been known about Bannon from other sources for years, or that Bannon himself hasn’t said in his many other interviews. The explanation here is rather that it is yet another example of deplatforming.

Morris, who is of New York Jewish background, is a well-established documentary filmmaker who has produced many celebrated features over the past forty-two years, including Gates of Heaven, Vernon Florida (still one of my personal favorites), The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time, and Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. Morris’ most acclaimed film — and rightfully so — is 2003’s The Fog of War, which is a series of interviews with former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara focusing on his involvement in the Second World War and the Vietnam War. American Dharma could be seen as the third part of an unofficial trilogy focusing on major American political figures, beginning with The Fog of War and continuing through 2013’s The Unknown Known, an examination of Donald Rumsfeld and his role in the Iraq War in particular.

I cannot recommend The Fog of War highly enough; it’s simply one of the best films about politics and war that’s ever been made, something which McNamara helps by being so reflective and forthcoming about his errors of judgment and failures (no doubt aided by the fact that nearly forty years had passed since his tenure ended). The Unknown Known is worth seeing but doesn’t rise to the level of the former, not due to any fault of Morris’ but because Rumsfeld refuses to concede that he ever did anything wrong.

American Dharma is also about a major American political figure, and follows the same style and structure as the previous two, but it’s still quite different and less effective — I think due to the fact that it was made while Trump is still in office, and the events discussed in it are still in motion, thus offering no ability to reflect on their consequences. As a result, it ends up being more about the future than the past — and it’s here that it holds some interest for viewers. Unlike the others, Morris is also unable to resist the temptation to let his own opinions interfere with his presentation of the subject, something which definitely weakens it and which I will discuss more later.

So how could a director with such stellar credentials end up getting his latest film very nearly memory-holed? The negative press which American Dharma has received mainly accused Morris of either glorifying his subject or at the very least of being insufficiently confrontational with Bannon. This is clearly nonsense, as Morris works to undermine his subject’s statements throughout the film; only the same sort of people who regard Trump as literally Hitler could possibly see it as pro-Bannon — hardly a surprise since these critics are part of the same elite media establishment that has been trying to undermine Trump’s presidency and the Dissident Right from Day One. Their real beef with Morris seems to be that he spoke to Bannon at all — just as with the Right more generally, in their view, it’s no longer sufficient to merely debate with the opposition (in that Morris reveals himself to be a quaint, old-style Leftist), but one has to silence them altogether. Hence the waves of deplatformings that have victimized the Dissident Right over the past three years as America marches inexorably forward into neoliberal totalitarianism. And even Morris, one of their own, was not exempt. In an interesting recent interview, Morris uses this word to describe his predicament:

For all those people who thought that I was promoting Bannon — maybe I assumed too much. . . I was shocked, actually, surprised by the extent of the nastiness. It’s not entirely unexpected but surprised by the extent of it. This word has started to appear: deplatforming. Bannon should be “deplatformed.” It is a kind of wet dream, deplatforming.

Welcome to the club, Errol.

The most interesting thing about this film is its reception. I wouldn’t even call it the best film about Bannon that’s been made; last year’s The Brink, in which a camera crew follows Bannon around while he goes about his work without much commentary, gives you a better sense of the man and what he’s doing. Morris, it’s true, tries to go deeper into understanding Bannon’s worldview, and if you’re interested in Bannon and the populist Right more generally, American Dharma is still worth a view.

I’ve been fascinated by Bannon since he came to national prominence in 2016. His views are quite clearly more Alt Lite/civic nationalist than Alt/Dissident Right, despite the fact that the mainstream media continues to describe him as a “leader of the Alt Right” — something which he bears part of the responsibility for, given that in August 2016 he famously referred to Breitbart under his tenure as “the platform of the Alt Right” (and which was no doubt news to many people who regarded themselves as Alt Right at the time). I imagine that he regrets saying that now; it’s difficult to remember that before November 2016, Alt Right simply meant anyone of the Right who dissented from mainstream conservative views, but the term quickly came to carry a lot of baggage. Nevertheless, Bannon is certainly no typical Republican, and he’s certainly gone further than any other Dissident Right figure ever has — and I do regard him as “one of us,” in the broader sense. His stated interest in Traditionalism also piqued my interest — not much is known about that now, but a book that will be published in April, War for Eternity by Benjamin Teitelbaum, will focus on Bannon’s relationship to Traditionalism and the influence of Traditionalism on the contemporary Right more generally, and for which yours truly was interviewed. (Stay tuned.)

Bannon remains an interesting figure to me despite the fact that basically everything he has done since acting as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016 has ended in failure: His tenure as Trump’s Chief Strategist came to an inglorious end after seven months; he was unsuccessful in securing Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama’s Senate special election in 2017; he was dismissed from Breitbart following his importune comments about Trump to Michael Wolff in 2018; his attempt to bolster the expected wave of Right-wing populist victories in the European parliamentary election last year bore little fruit; and the government closed down his monastic school for populists in Italy. Thus, to date, Bannon has one big win and a string of failures. His main activity these days is as a pundit, and in that he still has value — given Bannon’s connections and reputation, he’ll likely remain a prominent figure in the populist Right for years to come. And his vision still remains deeper, more incisive, and more interesting than most of what you’ll usually find in those circles — perhaps because his conservatism is rooted in his Catholicism rather than merely in civics and economics (an aspect of his beliefs that Morris ignores).

Gregory Peck as Brigadier General Frank Savage in Twelve O’Clock High
Gregory Peck as Brigadier General Frank Savage in Twelve O’Clock High

 

Thus, I was curious to see what Morris could ferret out of Bannon. American Dharma’s running theme is Bannon’s fascination with the 1949 Gregory Peck film about an American bomber group during the Second World War, Twelve O’Clock High (also highly recommended, as it’s a classic about leadership and several cuts above most war films of the period), and which is frequently referenced. In what was probably the biggest expense in the production, Morris had the hangar in which most of the film’s action takes place painstakingly reconstructed, and all of his conversations with Bannon are set there — Morris seems to intend this as a metaphor for Bannon’s ongoing attempts to organize the common people in his war against the elites.

Indeed, cinema is the underlying basis of the entire narrative. On several occasions Morris and Bannon discuss the meaning of scenes from films that Bannon chose as his favorites: John Ford’s The Searchers and My Darling Clementine, David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight, and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. This was a unique approach to the subject and a welcome one for a cineaste such as myself. Bannon identifies the common characteristic of all these films as featuring outsider characters who become reluctant heroes and then pursue their goals relentlessly, no matter what — which is clearly an apt metaphor for how Bannon sees himself.

Twelve O’Clock High
Twelve O’Clock High

This is not surprising given that, among his many careers, Bannon himself has been a film producer since the 1990s (not many people know this, but he was one of the producers of the excellent Titus film featuring Anthony Hopkins from 1999), films which seek to reduce the complexities of politics in the postmodern world to simple good-versus-evil conflicts for ordinary American audiences. In an excerpt from Bannon’s film about Ronald Reagan, In the Face of Evil, included in American Dharma, the narrator informs us that the reason that the classic Westerns from the mid-twentieth century were so important for America was that they translated the classic Western myths and its ideals of manhood into simple stories that anyone could understand. Bannon’s approach to populism, which as he constantly reiterates is rooted in culture, clearly attempts to follow in this same mold. Bannon’s intended audience has never been the intellectual elite, but rather the ordinary citizen.

Appropriately, then, we learn in American Dharma that Morris and Bannon originally met at the Telluride Film Festival in 2003, when Morris was showing The Fog of War, a film which Bannon (rightfully) praises and which was apparently crucial in his decision to participate in this project. Bannon explains his fascination thusly:

You see in McNamara the personification of globalization. It’s that scientific, engineering, managerial elite . . . everything’s a set of math to them. . . His rationality can’t save us, didn’t save us, actually buried us into Vietnam much, much deeper.

Fog of War crops up again later in the film, when Morris mentions that he voted for Hillary instead of Bernie in the 2016 primary. In one of the more interesting moments, Bannon seems to be genuinely shocked (and I share his reaction), asking, “How could you make Fog of War and Known Unknowns and vote for her?” Indeed, those two films strike at the very heart of the damage that American interventionism has done both to this country and abroad — and one of the few positive things you can say about Trump at this point is that at least he hasn’t started any new wars, whereas it is well-established that as Secretary of State Hillary was behind all of the disastrous regime-change adventures perpetrated by the Obama administration. Morris sidesteps having to deal with this contradiction by answering simply, and predictably, “Because I was afraid of you guys. I still am!” This sums up the Left’s entire irrational reaction to Trump, populism, and the Dissident Right more generally: We are afraid of you because we think you’re scary and because you don’t fit into the preconceived narrative we’re all supposed to be following today, never mind what you actually stand for or have to say.

In his own words, the entire basis of Bannon’s revolt against the establishment is his disdain for the elites that are behind globalization and his lionization of ordinary working people. He explains how he developed this attitude:

The reason I’m a populist, I’ve gone to the elite institutions . . . And here’s what I can tell you. If you gave me the choice between being governed by the first hundred people that show up in red ballcaps at a Trump rally versus the first hundred guys that walk in at Davos [where the World Economic Forum meets annually] with their tickets, I’d take the working-class people, because they have more humanity, they understand the world, they have grit and determination, and they’ve had to deal with all the world dumps on ‘em.

The solution, according to Bannon, is to unseat these elites by any means necessary:

The permanent political class that control our country is going to stay exactly like it is until you have true disruption. It can’t be a pillow fight. You need some killers. You get some killers, you’re going to see some change. We all know what the problems are. Do you have the guts to do it? Trump had it, and that’s why he’s President of the United States.

If the elites aren’t overthrown, and if those who oppose populism don’t come to recognize the truths of the problems populists recognize, Bannon asserts that the results will be catastrophic:

You may hate my guts and you may hate what I stand for, but if we don’t allow some way for this system to spread the wealth, we’re going to have a revolution in this country. It is coming, as night follows day.

In order to accomplish this, however, he believes that those who are resisting globalization and the elites have to recognize that it is their dharma to fight this war; he defines dharma as “the combination of duty, fate, and destiny.” Bannon’s repeated use of the word “dharma” points toward his interest in Eastern religions and Traditionalism, although Morris doesn’t get into this with him (perhaps because it doesn’t fit with his conception of Bannon as a racist). Elaborating, Bannon makes what is his most “Traditionalist” statement of the film:

Modernity is based around emotionalism, what you think is helping everybody, but in fact is now allowing them to fulfill their destiny, fulfill their fate, even though that fate and that destiny may be their own personal destruction.

Bannon makes a good observation about our times here, that politics and culture are now more a matter of sentimentality than they are about reason or values — i.e., we have to let in millions of Third World “refugees” because we feel guilty and sorry for them, never mind that it will lead to the suicide of our civilization. The man of Tradition recognizes that the happy course is not always the right one, either for others or for himself.

As in his previous films, after introducing his subject and his views, Morris offers a brief overview of Bannon’s life: his Irish Catholic working-class Virginia background, his attendance at military school, his education at Georgetown and Harvard Business School, and his multiple careers as a US Naval officer, a Goldman Sachs executive, a Hollywood producer, and finally Breitbart — first as a board member, and later, following Andrew Breitbart’s death, as its Executive Chairman — and his role in the Trump campaign.

Bannon tells us that he first came to understand the horrors of globalization at Harvard Business School, where he saw how the corporate elite are trained to think of the world strictly in terms of money and numbers. He says this was particularly brought home for him during a visit to his daughter, who was a cadet at West Point, in 2008. His daughter was on the girls’ volleyball team, and had just received new uniforms. When Bannon saw the uniforms, he noticed that the label on them read “Made in Vietnam.” When Bannon thought of the many working-class families he had known as a boy in Virginia that had been torn apart by the Vietnam War — for nothing — not to mention all the American jobs that were being lost overseas, he was incensed. He calls it an “incredibly clarifying moment.”

Bannon identifies the origins of present-day American populism in the Tea Party movement, and describes his first encounter with Andrew Breitbart, who was fond of saying that “culture is upriver from politics.” Breitbart’s ability to influence politics, Bannon claims, came from his knowledge of culture and how to make use of it. He recounts how Breitbart first came into possession of Anthony Weiner’s infamous dick pics and was able to use them to destroy Weiner’s political career, which first elevated Breitbart himself into the media spotlight.

Morris also briefly delves into the period when Bannon persuaded Goldman Sachs to invest in Internet Gaming Entertainment, which attempted to exploit the currency that World of Warcraft players use in the world of the game to buy equipment as an actual alternative currency — something which worked until the game’s administrators blocked all the fake accounts. But the real lesson Bannon took away from it, he says, was understanding that for the players, their lives in the game are in many cases more important to them than their actual lives, as they are looking for the sort of cohesive community that is lacking in postmodern existence. Bannon says he attempted to apply this lesson to the comments section at Breitbart, where he understood that readers would come to identify with the community of like-minded commentators as a surrogate for what they were missing in their everyday lives.

Much of the film, of course, focuses on Trump’s 2016 campaign, and there isn’t much here that people who have been following events won’t already know, although it’s interesting to hear what Bannon claims was his input. Bannon says that when he became campaign manager, he based his strategy on the idea that America’s elites needed to be cast as the enemy, with Trump as the agent of change that Obama had failed to be — something which he says was crucial, as there were an enormous number of undecided voters who didn’t like either candidate, but who came to be persuaded that Trump could be the instrument of genuine change (which I think is correct, based on my own experiences). He claims that Trump’s election and Brexit were inextricably linked given that they relied on the same three thematic pillars: stopping mass immigration in order to recover the nation’s sovereignty, bringing manufacturing jobs back, and ending the pointless foreign wars.

Bannon calls Hillary’s infamous speech about the Alt Right in August 2016 a trap that she walked into, claiming that he knew that if Hillary went down the path of identity politics and that Trump continued to preach populism, there was no way he could lose. “They [the Democratic Party] don’t understand what the election is about,” he says. I’m not sure that is accurate, but more on that later.

Morris also discusses the crisis surrounding Trump’s “grab ‘em by the pussy” tape with Bannon at length. Bannon claims that while Trump’s other advisors, such as Chris Christie, were telling him to go the usual route of issuing a public apology, he advised Trump to give no apology and hold a rally instead. The compromise solution was for Trump to give a TV interview explaining himself, but he ended up holding an impromptu rally with his supporters in the street in front of Trump Tower instead, which began to undermine the opposition’s narrative. Bannon also takes credit for the idea of bringing Clinton’s own sexual abuse accusers to the debate. Although he says that the crucial factor in the final days of the campaign was his linking of the discovery of Hillary’s e-mails on Anthony Weiner’s computer — and hence of Hillary’s campaign to the Weiner scandal — in the public’s mind. In summarizing the reason for Trump’s success in 2016, Bannon says:

[Trump] understands that the modern world, particularly the modern political world, has become media. The medium is the message, and he understands that. That’s why he can speak in a very plain-spoken vernacular, not in political-speak.

The film also dwells at length on the Russian collusion investigation, for which Bannon has no real insights and mainly just reiterates Trump administration talking points. This is the most dated part of American Dharma, but to be fair, Morris had no way of knowing that his film would be delayed by over a year and that by then, the Russia investigation would be a memory and that Ukraine would be the Big Deal. Bannon does make one interesting claim — namely, that he advised Trump against firing James Comey, believing that the scandal would peter out in the public eye if Comey had simply been allowed to conduct the investigation. He also makes the following perceptive comment regarding “Deep State” allegations:

It calls into question the institutions of this country and the establishment. There has been from the beginning a nullification project on the 2016 election. If they can’t nullify it, at least question his legitimacy so much that he can’t govern. People say, oh, this is the Deep State, Deep State. It’s not the Deep State. That’s the in-your-face state. It’s not the Deep State, it’s sitting right there on the surface.

This reflects my own feeling that the goings-on of the US government in the open are just as disturbing as any conspiracy theory cooked up on the fringe.

Morris also, naturally, confronts Bannon with Charlottesville, showing many scary montages of violence and the death of Heather Heyer. Bannon doesn’t end up discussing the rally itself (or if he did, Morris doesn’t include it), and he just talks about how there are good people and bad people among those who want to preserve the Confederate monuments. He does, however, make his stance on neo-Nazis clear:

You go down to these next guys, these neo-Nazis or whatever. Those guys, they have no standing, okay? And when they show up, they should be shut down. They’re bad guys, okay? And they’re a creation of the opposition party media. They’re meaningless in the Trump movement, they’re meaningless in the populist movement. They’re totally, completely meaningless. It’s not conservative media that’s giving them a platform, it’s the Left media, it’s MSNBC, and Huffington Post.

Morris angrily cuts Bannon off at this point, and we get a montage of shots of Left-wing news sites accusing Bannon of making Breitbart an Alt Right platform. It’s never made clear if Bannon is talking about all of the people who marched at Charlottesville, or just some of them, or if he’s talking about other groups entirely. Nevertheless, his point remains valid that those groups which make use of Nazi and fascist imagery remain politically irrelevant and merely fill a convenient role in the mainstream’s narrative that the US is on the verge of a Beer Hall Putsch — but I’m hardly the first to make this claim.

Orson Welles as Falstaff in Chimes at Midnight
Orson Welles as Falstaff in Chimes at Midnight

The last event covered in any depth is Bannon’s departure from the White House. To underscore its significance, Morris shows a scene from Welles’ Chimes at Midnight, which is about Shakespeare’s Falstaff character, specifically the one in which the elderly Falstaff attempts to greet King Henry V, whom he had mentored as a young man, in an amicable matter after his coronation, and Henry rebukes him for his unbecoming familiarity by saying, “I know thee not, old man” (in Henry IV, Part II). Morris draws a parallel between this and Bannon’s own dismissal from Trump’s circle of confidantes, and Bannon concedes that he can see it, too, although while Morris sees the scene as depicting Henry’s betrayal of his old friend, Bannon counters that he believes Falstaff understands why Henry did so, and sees it as part of his own dharma.

Given that the interviews were conducted sometime in late 2017 or early 2018, American Dharma doesn’t have much to say about Bannon’s post-White House activities (see The Brink for that), other than alluding to his ill-fated project to unite the European populist parties under one banner.

As mentioned earlier, Morris attempts to undermine Bannon’s statements at every turn. In many instances, things he says are followed by long montages showing clips from hostile mainstream media outlets which either contradict Bannon or else allude to the alleged negative consequences of the realization of Bannon’s beliefs in American politics. To cite just one instance of this, after Bannon praises Morris’ Fog of War, Morris shows a clip from the other film in which McNamara stated that he didn’t believe that American power should ever be used unilaterally, and then shows us a series of headlines about Trump withdrawing from climate change and international refugee agreements and so on. Morris seems to intend this as a “gotcha” moment, and surely people who despise Bannon will see it as such as well — despite the fact that McNamara was clearly referring to the unilateral use of American military power, not international treaties.

Likewise, Morris has a habit of confronting Bannon and then not showing his response. For example, on one occasion Morris questions him on how throwing DACA recipients out of the US relates to populism. This leads to the following exchange:

Morris: Is this populism or something much uglier?

Bannon: Uglier being what?

Morris: Serving big business and the rich. It’s anti-populism. . . That’s what makes me think you’re crazy!

Bannon (unfazed): And why?

Morris: Why? Because I think there’s an inherent contradiction in the views that you hold. Do you just want to destroy everything?

We don’t get to see Bannon’s answer, even though I feel quite confident that he doesn’t see himself as fighting for big business and the rich. Likewise, Morris ignores the fact that Hillary was very much in bed with “big business” herself, and he doesn’t explain how allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the US serves the interests of working people (is it contradictory to stand up for the American working class while not wanting America to be a home to anyone who happens to show up on its shores?). Morris just declares himself the winner by shutting Bannon down.

This happens again when Morris refers to Trump as “the fuck you President,” describing it as, “You want health care? Fuck you! You want clean drinking water? Fuck you!” As before, I am certain that Bannon is not opposed to people getting clean drinking water — but we don’t get to find out what he thinks about it, thanks to Morris.

The most telling instance of this is when Morris brings up the travel ban that Trump enacted in the first week of his term. The following exchange ensues, against a backdrop of images of crying Muslims at airports:

Morris: There’s a certain kind of meanness and racism at the heart of this.

Bannon: You think it’s racist?

Morris: I do believe that this whole thing about walls and immigration isn’t really about economic populism, I think it is about racism. Do people think that this border wall is suddenly going to provide jobs for them? No, I think they don’t like Mexicans, or they don’t like Arabs, or they don’t like Jews.

The scene cuts away yet again before Bannon can answer, although Morris does himself in here by showing that he doesn’t understand the real issues at stake. How is protecting Americans from illegal immigrants and terrorism racist? Even more importantly, Morris brings up the other old baseless canard about the Trump administration, that Trump’s policies are somehow stoking anti-Semitism — despite the fact of his administration being the most radically pro-Jewish one in American history. But since Morris gives himself the last word, people who think the same way he does will simply nod their heads in agreement and think that he’s scored another point against the nasty white guy.

Morris does deserve some credit, however, for calling Bannon out regarding his denial that identity politics has anything to do with populism:

Morris: But why channel people’s hatred of the other?

Bannon: Your assumption is that it’s something of the other. It’s not about the other. Everything that we’ve been focused on is about American citizens. It’s not about the other. This is about maximizing the value of your citizenship.

It is amusing that in his answer, Bannon falls back on the very same sort of economic lingo for which he condemns the globalists (“maximizing the value”). While Bannon is absolutely correct that people looking to protect their borders and embrace some sort of genuine national identity are not racist, he’s wrong to think that race and ethnicity don’t play any role in populism and that it all boils down to economics and civic nationalism. It’s crystal clear that ethnicity is one of the most important aspects of Right-wing populism. Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin, in their book National Populism, demonstrate using survey data that ethnic identity is at the foundation of the success of today’s populism — and Bannon is too aware of what’s happening in the world today not to realize this. The reason why he doesn’t acknowledge it is obvious: If he started talking about white Americans, he would very quickly find that he isn’t able to hobnob with bigwigs in the Republican Party and in Europe. And perhaps we shouldn’t blame him for this, as he simply understands the rules of the game he is playing, and surely his brand of politics, like Trump’s, is at the very least implicitly aimed primarily at the interests of whites. Nevertheless, we have to see the populist Right’s silence on this matter as one of its flaws.

There is one occasion when Bannon manages to nail Morris, and it’s worth recounting:

Morris: In the twentieth century, we decided that these individual nation-states at war with each other would produce disaster, and that some solution had to be contrived.

Bannon: What do you mean, we? We didn’t decide that at all. . . . It wasn’t the common man that got us into World War I, into World War II, into Vietnam, and all the other wars that have been fought. It’s Monahan’s son [a man Bannon knew as a boy whose son died in Vietnam] that’s always the recipient of all the crap. When you say “these nation-states,” it’s the elites that got us into that mess, and then they came up with some sort of supra-national apparatus that’s gonna take care of it. No, no, no. I disagree one hundred percent. They are the ones that drove the destruction of the twentieth century.

Bannon certainly underscores one of the weaknesses of the contemporary Left’s arguments here, that in claiming to be in favor of peace and justice, they inevitably end up on the side of state and elite power — i.e., supporting the Woodrow Wilsons, George W. Bushes, George Soroses, and Hillary Clintons of the world, and all the bloodshed and injustice that flows from them.

The end of the film returns to Bannon’s prophecy of what will happen if populism isn’t allowed to take root in the American establishment, against a backdrop of the reconstructed Twelve O’Clock High hangar being burned to the ground — apparently Morris’ visual interpretation of Bannon’s claim that it will mean the end of America. “People say I’m apocalyptic, I think I’m just a rationalist,” Bannon says regarding his dark vision of the future. “[Trump] wasn’t unexpected, it was as clear as daylight.”

“You have to tell the establishment, go fuck yourself,” Bannon says of what he wants for ordinary Americans.

What the little guy wants is the fuck you to the establishment. I’m on a mission to remake the Republican Party into more of a workers’ party, and some days we have good days, and more days we have bad days. It’s not easy, because the money and the power is on their side.

It’s difficult to reconcile this position with Morris’ claim that Bannon is on the side of the rich and powerful (and curiously, Bannon’s words reflect a statement Trump made in May 2016 — months before Bannon came on board — that his vision for the future of his party was as a “Republican workers’ party”; it’s unclear who is echoing who). Morris says that he is reminded of John Milton’s famous words from Paradise Lost, in which Lucifer says that it is “better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven,” when considering Bannon’s worldview, and Bannon responds that he frequently makes use of that quote himself. And indeed, who on the Dissident Right today wouldn’t prefer living in a country that may be weaker and poorer but which has regained sovereignty and values over living in a decadent country more resembling a Third World plantation for its ordinary citizens than a superpower?

The last exchange in the film, which is worth quoting at length, is as follows:

Bannon: You may be better fed, better clothed, in better shape than eighteenth-century Russian serfs, but you’re nothing but serfs. You’re not going to own anything. They’ve got you in this consumer environment where you’re always paying off your credit cards. They’ve destroyed thrifts so you can’t save anything. Saving doesn’t make any difference. And then digitally, they’ve taken all your rights, they’ve taken all your personhood, and they’ve written these algorithms to treat you like a hamster. You’re totally controlled. . . . You can’t fulfill your dharma. You’re nothing but a serf. You voted for that. And you’re a reflective, smart person, you actually thought about it and made a conscious decision. Why? Oh, “I fear you. I fear Trump.” It’s bullshit.

Morris: Just to clarify, my fear is that Trump represented nothing.

Bannon: There’s going to be a revolution in this country. It’s coming. We can’t kick the can down the road like this. We can’t. We’re going to have another financial crisis that everybody that’s smart sees is coming.

Morris: What would revolution mean?

Bannon: A complete rejection of the system. It’s gonna cut like a scythe through grass. It is coming.

This is why American Dharma is ultimately a film about the future rather than the past, because unlike with McNamara and Rumsfeld, where we already know the outcomes of their actions, we don’t know where the current that Bannon represents — and which far transcends him — will ultimately lead us. Although certainly most people on the Right today have the same sense that Bannon has: Things must change, or they will end in disaster.

For people on the Dissident Right, American Dharma may be worth a view, even if there’s little new in it for them. The populist Right, as represented by Bannon, differs in many significant ways from the more “radical” Right — but to be fair, it’s much easier to stand for purity in the intellectual realm than it is for those who actually participate in the political process. Nevertheless, I feel the Dissident Right shares more in common with Bannon than where they part ways. The contours of his vision are more or less the same as ours. And it’s rare to find a man so accomplished in so many different fields who chooses to take up this fight. We need people who know how to function in the world of business and realpolitik.

In the final analysis, however, I think there is a contradiction in Bannon’s worldview, even if it’s not the same one that Morris claims to see. Bannon is clearly more radical than the average Trump supporter. He grasps that lower taxes, prayer in schools, opposing abortion rights, libertarian social policies, and constitutional fundamentalism aren’t going to save America. And yet his chosen mode of action has been to work with groups and individuals that aren’t nearly as radical as he is. Trump’s Republican Party, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz in Hungary, Law and Justice in Poland, and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil — all examples of successful Right-wing populism in recent years — remain firmly embedded within the very same globalist system that Bannon wants to overthrow, and yet he defends and courts them uncritically. These are not going to be the parties that will carry out truly revolutionary change — which is not to say that they’re not worth supporting, given that they are still preferable to the liberal Left and mainstream conservatism — but ultimately, their programs fall far short of what is really needed to save the West.

It is not enough to merely want to stop illegal immigration while still allowing in large numbers of legal immigrants — and pretending that this somehow makes a difference — while also claiming to want to solve our demographic crisis and defend workers’ rights. You can’t claim to stand up for the little guy and oppose globalization and dehumanization while simultaneously praising Big Tech for being MAGA (as Trump did earlier this month). You can’t claim to be a non-interventionist who only wants world peace while arming, supporting, and giving Israel a free hand to do as it likes in the Middle East. Perhaps Bannon prefers to work with these groups in the hope of influencing them rather than having to go to the trouble of starting from the ground up, and admittedly, the Dissident Right remains firmly on the margins while the populist Right has been able to take the center stage in global politics today. Or perhaps he recognizes populism’s shortcomings and sees it rather as an agent of chaos that will bring about the very same revolution he claims to want to avoid, but which would surely bring the elites he despises to an end. Whatever the case may be, his choice is understandable, but it also underscores the need to continue pushing for more genuinely Right-wing alternatives than are currently being offered — not in the sense of being more “racist” or violent as liberals like Morris imagine, but in being more willing to question the underlying assumptions of today’s societies than the populists are doing.

I’ll have more to say about Mr. Bannon when the aforementioned War for Eternity is published in April. However, it does seem strange to me that he has been relying solely on others — and often hostile others — to get his message out there, often through awkward and confrontational interviews. It’s high time for him to have his own book written, or his own documentary made, presenting what he understands as his dharma to the world at large. I suppose he’s simply been too busy to manage it, but to this reader, it would be most welcome.

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  1. It wasn’t even pirated online anywhere

    People who prefer not to pay stupid prices for things made of bits, can note that American Dharma has been on all the torrent and magnet sites for almost 2 weeks now.

    I only mention it because it is a moral atrocity to pay to watch some self-obsessed Yank ‘political insider’ bloviate about his profundity, in a world where anyone with an internet connection can get terabytes of free porn.

    Bannon’s weltanschauung is about as developed and coherent as that of an 8 year old anencephalic black mongoloid who was hit in the head with an axe: it is to political philosophy, as “Two Girls One Cup” is to ballet.

    He’s not ‘evil’ or whatever – he’s just never got anything interesting to say that’s not obvious to anyone without a head injury.

  2. Dumbo says:

    Bannon was interesting at the beginning but now, I don’t know. There’s something strange about lots of these “alt-right” characters, like Richard Spencer, even Bannon, they all seem to be playing a role.

    The hard fact is that, actually, despite all the claims about white genocide, white people have it pretty good right now. They have enough food to become morbidly obese, they have their SUVs and they can watch their NFL. Yes, yes, cattle being fattened before the slaughter. But still. It’s what they want.

    Things will change, as usual, only when the economy goes completely to the toilet, or there’s a war, or people are begging in the streets, or dying by the thousands, or some other kind of cataclysm. Then you can expect some kind of radical change (and not necessarily for the better – I personally am not a fan of fascist regimes or revolutions). But, human nature being what it is, don’t expect things to change by politics as usual.

    • Disagree: Robert Dolan
  3. Muggles says:

    I don’t know much about Bannon other then what has been in the media about him. This documentary evidently sheds little light.

    He was/is unpopular because of his association with Trump. And his contempt for globalist elitism. But populism per se is an empty sack. Put into that what you will, left or right. Or even libertarian.

    Bannon has the confidence of someone who’s always had enough money to not worry about it. Hence his populism isn’t quite authentic. Not sure of his background, but not working class. Good education and willing to think for himself. Good even when unpopular.

    The MSM leftist propaganda class needs villains and he was handy. Also a self promoter so he makes it very easy. Like all too many, including left populists like Bernie, he sees problems well enough but lacks solutions. You need to have some underlying view of human nature and the resulting ethical foundation for law, economics and social community. Just hating on conceptually labeled enemies isn’t enough. After the revolution comes Napoleon, if you aren’t careful. Or Lenin/Stalin and the rest.

    Still, people who think outside of the box often contribute valuable insights. And can do good work. With him, we’ll see.

    • Replies: @SimplyPut
  4. Wally says:

    Errol Morris is just another Zionist shyster, why would anyone belief him about anything?

    recommended:
    https://codoh.com/search/?sorting=relevance&q=errol+morris

  5. “12 O’clock High” is good, but “Command Decision” is much better. It starred Clark Gable who volunteer for the Army Air Corps and served in combat. “Fog of War” is one of the greatest as this short clip demonstrates:

    But Morris failed to press McNamara on his key role in the Gulf of Tonkin deception. The American destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy were not attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on August 4th 1964, which was used to justify this resolution. This is now widely known, but since the Maddox had been fired upon two days earlier, some feel it was justified. However, few know that the US Navy had been supporting armed attacks along the coast and the Vietnamese were defending themselves, and McNamara hid this from the public and Congress.

    • Replies: @Popeye
  6. utu says:

    2019 long (2 hour 26 min) Bannon’s interview for PBS Frontline

  7. Popeye says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Interesting… McNamara hid this from Congress. They should have impeached him and LBJ, tarred n feathered ’em, and run ’em out of town on a rail. Maybe even drawn n quartered ’em. Maybe what trump did wasn’t so bad, that contempt of Congress article in the resolution on impeachment. Hell, 98.6 percent of Americans hold Congress in contempt. But McNamara lying to Congress led, either directly or indirectly, to the massive US military involvement in Viet Nam that LBJ accused Goldwater of planning.

    .

    • Replies: @gotmituns
    , @Dingo jay b
  8. utu says:

    Bannon’s dharma

    And yet his chosen mode of action has been to work with groups and individuals that aren’t nearly as radical as he is. Trump’s Republican Party, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz in Hungary, Law and Justice in Poland, and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil — all examples of successful Right-wing populism in recent years — remain firmly embedded within the very same globalist system that Bannon wants to overthrow, and yet he defends and courts them uncritically. These are not going to be the parties that will carry out truly revolutionary change — which is not to say that they’re not worth supporting, given that they are still preferable to the liberal Left and mainstream conservatism — but ultimately, their programs fall far short of what is really needed to save the West.

    will lead to where Pat Buchanan’s paleoconservatism ended which is “Always Support GOP.” However unlike Buchanan Bannon still may have a second act in American politics ahead of him: Sell the war with China. Wars are ultimate populist efforts.

    • Replies: @Parsnipitous
  9. gotmituns says:
    @Popeye

    I hope the traitor, LBJ is burning in hell.

    • Agree: Mustapha Mond
  10. SimplyPut says:

    “Nevertheless, I feel the Dissident Right shares more in common with Bannon than where they part ways.”

    OK, first, the dissident right doesn’t “share” more in common; it “has” more in common.

    Second, and more importantly, the chasm between the dissident right and Bannon is Jewry. Until Bannon condemns Zionism and the AIPAC et. al. influence over our government and works to abolish Jew-sponsored central banks such as the Federal Reserve, he’s kidding himself about standing for change and looking out for the working man.

    • Replies: @Parsnipitous
  11. SimplyPut says:
    @Muggles

    Napoleon was a godsend, as indicated by the fervor with which the Jew strove to subdue him. Eight well-financed military coalitions is nothing to sneeze at.

    • Replies: @utu
  12. mcohen says:

    when I read about this for the first time I relaxed,let a little gas escape.a quiet one mind you.unbuckled a chuckle it did

    because I realized,i realized that hmmmmm cannot remember now,what was it again.

    ah so….bugger …..what was it again……thats right.now I remember

    right wing academy…..in a monastery.that is a movie right there

    Crusaders of the lost ark.

    unfortunately the pope was not happy

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-monastery-bannon/italy-revokes-lease-for-site-of-bannons-right-wing-academy-idUSKCN1T235I

  13. utu says:
    @SimplyPut

    One lasting accomplishment of Napoleon was emancipation of Jews in Europe. Only some Hassidic sects in Russia opposed him and sided with Russian Tsar.

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/quantified-jq/#comment-2221780
    Jewish emancipation plus a legal system are the only lasting Napoleon’s accomplishments in Europe. The Swiss backtracked and took away the rights form Jews once Napoleon left but few decades later gave them back. In Russia however Hassidic Jews rejected it and sided with Tsar and were appreciated by him. As the result of Napoleon’s defeat Jews in Russia were not emancipated. One may wonder what was the actual reason for Napoleon disastrous adventure in Russia. These anti-Napoleon Jews were the Lubavitchers, the same ones whom Putin elected to represent Russian Jewry (or maybe they elected Putin to represent Russia).

    https://forward.com/culture/319002/the-secret-jewish-history-of-napoleon-bonaparte/
    Many Jews of the time believed that Napoleon was their benefactor. Primo Levi has pointed out that in Italy, some Jews named their sons Napoleone in his honor, and in Germany, when Jews adopted family names, some chose Schöntheil, or Bonaparte in German. In France, Jews wrote Hebrew prayers to praise Napoleon during services and called him “Helek Tov” in Hebrew or “good portion” (bona-parte)

    Furthermore Napoleon was a protozionist: Napoleon Bonaparte’s Letter to the Jews

    General Headquarters, Jerusalem 1st Floreal, April 20th, 1799,
    in the year of 7 of the French Republic

    BUONAPARTE, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMIES OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC
    IN AFRICA AND ASIA, TO THE RIGHTFUL HEIRS OF PALESTINE.
    http://jewishliberation.blogspot.com/2015/08/napoleon-bonapartes-letter-to-jews-in.html

    Hasten !, Now is the moment, which may not return for thousands of years, to claim the restoration of civic rights among the population of the universe which had been shamefully withheld from you for thousands of years, your political existence as a nation among the nations, and the unlimited natural right to worship Jehovah in accordance with your faith, publicly and most probably forever

  14. Anonymous[280] • Disclaimer says:

    Bannon is an extremely intelligent man.

    Bannon is the reason immigration and China are forefront of the US agenda.

    The worst day of the Trump administration was the day Bannon was removed from his position as Chief Executive and Kusher and Ivanka took primacy.

    Bannon can chart the course of the present day politics going back as far as 2007 and before the financial crisis. To understand what is happening in the world today and the past 5 – 10 years there are few better people to listen to.

    Listening to Bannon in any forum talking to any interlocutor be it the The Economist, or the BBC, or the Oxford Union Hall, or some morning show is always a worthwhile exercise.

    Bannon would be an excellent Presidential candidate himself. Unfortunately one feels the powers that be particularly of the Jewish persuasion would ensure that could never happen.

    Bannon is clearly extremely intelligent, and masterful at negotiating fake accusations of ‘isms’ however they are defined or delivered.

    Bannon like everyone has to operate within constraints. If he really was arguing for a 45% tax on earnings above $5million in Trump cabinets that takes balls.

    If the Fire and the Fury is correct and Bannon really did call Ivanka a dumb cow it’s unfortunate he couldn’t hold his tongue for the sake of his movement, but that shows a certain courage.

    Bannon is a very compelling figure. People could do much worse then to emulate Steven Bannon. It’s just a shame he couldn’t quite obtain the kind of independent wealth to be a candidate – he will never be allowed to be a candidate.

    His involvement in the 2010 Republican primaries effectively remade the party. If can’t find a true home for his agenda it won’t matter – the voters who he has accurately read will deliver that agenda regardless.

    Bannon is a good Irishman and a good Catholic – it’s about time there was someone on the right with an understanding of Grass-roots activism.

    He’s the guy who got rid of the exemption for members of Congress and the Senate to engage in insider trading.

    Bannon is also the guy who has done most to try and stop the revolving doors whereby Goldman Sachs chose Obama’s entire cabinet for him months before he even won the election – remember that? Look it up.

    Bannons’ a guy to rider the river with – and it doesn’t matter how people smear and libel the tenets of nationalism. Despite all the conspiracies and all the undue influence in the world, in the end, the will of the governors has to be at the consent of the governed.

    Bannon has been key in articulating why that consent is now wavering, or outright waived.

    He’s brilliant. It’s just sad actually, watching Bannon debate supposedly the highest grade young intellects in the world at places like Oxford, and you just see that these young people are intellectually barren. There is no grasp of any of the core issues of the day. They can’t really discuss economics, or international trade, or great-power conflict, or classical history, or western civilization in any kind of cohesive manner. They haven’t been taught any of the vernacular of statescraft – only the jargon of cultural marxist deconstructionism.

    Bannon is a throwback to men of a different era. I love listening to him.

    It’s sad he can’t be in the White House anymore – but even if he’s only permitted to be a public hawk on China, his love for America is still palpable.

    It’s pretty sad to see the desultory comments for Mr Bannon – he’s been a real figure in the world, even though his influence has been suppressed ruthlessly from the very beginning.

    He’s absolutely right about the United States and Europe. If the current models continue it ‘is’ going to lead to civil wars and vicious reactionary responses that will change landscapes.

    I wish Mr Bannon every success in life if for being nothing other then a courageous man of principle and strength and setting a good example for young people.

    Some of the bravest men in history were the Irishmen who stood during the Easter Revolution with no hope of success. But ultimately they set in motions events that achieved most of what they wanted to achieve.

    Bannon is of similar ilk – who knows what horrendous stress and leverage was exercised on him by the blood-sucking evil people of shadow and the lie.

    And he’s still standing.

    All power to the man.

    • Agree: anarchyst, BenKenobi
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @antibeast
  15. Emslander says:

    He grasps that lower taxes, prayer in schools, opposing abortion rights, libertarian social policies, and constitutional fundamentalism aren’t going to save America.

    Really? Do you have evidence that he “grasps” anything like that. I’d say that those are pretty good goals for a country trying to re-assert the humanity of its citizens. What is abortion except a degradation of the human person? What are high taxes, except the delegation of the working man into an unconscious source of food to the monster that is inhuman governing? What is prayer, except the recognition that we are creatures “made in the image and likeness of God”?

    What else have you got?

    • Replies: @John Morgan
    , @John Morgan
  16. Bannon doesn’t support the whites, he sucks up to the jews. Period.

  17. Consider yourselves already dead.

  18. anonymous[248] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Lol!

    The above nauseating odes to your man-love, reminds me of another degenerate which the equally noxious hindoo nationalist lowlifes sing praises of.

    Of course, this name will be completely unknown to most here, but at least my point will be taken by other hindoo nationalist mofers who lurk here.

    And, that hollow pompous scumbag is… Subramaniam Swamy. His greatest prediction has been…

    By next Deepavali we patriots will have much to celebrate. By 2020 India would have overtaken China, and economically challenge US. Jai Hind : Nov 13th 2012

    https://scroll.in/article/948319/india-superpower-2020-tracing-the-brief-history-of-a-spectacularly-incorrect-prediction

    Here is a NY Times article which mentions both soulless scum, Bannon and Swamy.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/15/us/politics/indian-americans-trump.html

    • LOL: Wally
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  19. @Kratoklastes

    I might watch it for free when it shows up on YouTube. Or not. Putting one of the three treasures of Buddhism (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) in a movie about Oaty-O’s to Cheerios Faux Hitler is extremely tone deaf.

    There needs to be a lot more read of “Why America Failed” author Morris Berman around here. In fact, in the Evil Empire, keeping one’s politics to microcephalic is how to win.

  20. The only thing less relevant to me than Steve Bannon is some Ziotard asshole’s documentary about Steve Bannon.

  21. Anonymous[280] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    Bannon will be vindicated.

    All nationalists will be vindicated.

    Of course, one of the core Catholic tenets of detachment, within the virtue of mortification is the excising of vindication from the irascible appetite, which therefore leads to the cessation of anger and union with the God.

    When events transpire as they must, as they always have, and always will there will be no anger. Just reasoned application of focus and effort to do what must be done in accordance with God’s order.

    There is going to be no more compromise.

    Those Hindu nationalists are quite correct about the sovereignty of India. And of course, in keeping with the universality of principal they and all their Indian friends may yet one day be given an invitation to go home to be joined to their motherland.

    Soulless?

    Bannon has more soul then almost every other public figure at large today.

    Maybe Bannon had to stray from Catholicism somewhat to operate in circles who seek it’s annihilation and have a hatred of Jesus Christ that exceeds hatred even of western civilization.

    But God works in mysterious ways – apparently Pope Francis has a cold.

    Maybe Bannon does have some defects in relation to the sixth and ninth commandments. But that’s none of my business. My business is with his words.

    And the business soon is going to be with Isengard and Morder tonight.

  22. antibeast says:
    @Anonymous

    Bannon is an extremely intelligent man.

    Yes. That’s why he worships His Orange Highness who thinks that carbon pollution is good for rural whites because they are racially superior rednecks who don’t need environmental regulations.

    Bannon is a good Irishman and a good Catholic – it’s about time there was someone on the right with an understanding of Grass-roots activism.

    Yes. Bannon is a good Irish Catholic alright, so good that he seems to have forgotten that the current Pope is a Latino, the type of immigrants that Bannon hates for invading his Irish Catholic Working Class hometowns in the USA. So how does Bannon promote “grassroots activism” for the White Working Class in the USA? He goes to the Vatican and attacks Pope Francis for being a “globalist” while setting up a “anti-globalist” boot camp near the Vatican for Catholic anti-globalists like himself.

    Somebody ought to tell Bannon that he’s drinking too much whiskey.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Wally
    , @MaryLS
  23. Anonymous[250] • Disclaimer says:
    @antibeast

    Do you know what Andrew Breitbart, RIP said before he was slaughtered?

    He said that politics is downstream of culture.

    Do you know what is upstream of culture? Philosophy.

    Upstream of Philosophy? Theology.

    Upstream of Theology? Divine metaphysics.

    This is why I know Bannon is always the smartest guy in the room.

    Because he understands these interactions.

    What stirs mens hearts and minds stirs their labour and consumption.

    To raise up the white working class in the United States is going to take a Catholic revival.

    To restore the demographics of the white middle-class and higher is going to take a Catholic revival.

    To defeat the Luciferian Promethean elite he calls ‘the party of Davos’ is going to take a Catholic revival.

    The Pope is still, even today, the seminal figure of western civilization.

    A true Pope could continue Jesus’ revolution against the Pharisees and the god(s) they worshipped.

    Fake Pope Mason-Communist-Homosexual Francis is a virus and a cancer on the soul of the West. I know Catholics owe the office deference and piety, but such is true, because no conclave can be held if the Papal see is in fact occupied as it in fact is by Pope Benedict.

    Pope Benedict who as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has seen the most depraved and evil acts conducted by men he is surrounded by every day, suffering alone under the worst spiritual afflication imaginable in his prison in the papal gardens.

    Bannon is smarter then you are. He understands:

    The only way to get whites to have children again is a Catholic revival.

    The only way to define a Europe that is anti-globalist is a Catholic revival

    The only way to teach children and adults how to think again is a Catholic revival.

    Take any given principle of globalism or current secular/progressive orthodoxy – it’s almost always the polar opposite or approximately of Catholic doctrine.

    Every time.

    Take even what I just described. Children today are taught relentlessly the principle of imminitism. That is, that the self is the principle of judgement – and the emotions determine the truth of that judgement.

    I bet you believe like most working class people that how hard a thing is to do determines how good it is. i.e. if you find an action really difficult the effort you expend determines the merit of the action.

    But’s that false. That’s Immanuel Kant.

    Catholic doctrine teaches that the habit of virtue makes all virtue easier – and the more easy it is, the more meritorious and beautiful it is. Just like watching a man who really knows how to build a cabin or handle horses from years of experience is much better to watch then seeing a man who has never held the reins or a hammer.

    Catholic doctrine teaches the exact opposite of self imminitism – that the self has to be destroyed via mortification – that is, an embracing of suffering in order to achieve interior freedom, so that all the faculties are aligned with reason.

    That’s why our ancestors were so brilliant – because they all, regardless of the Christian denomination – had a basic understanding of that mechanism.

    And guys like Bannon know it as well – he went to West Point. Do you think there’s a qualitative difference now between soldiers raised on that principle and the soldiers of today?

    Catholic doctrine as I just said used to teach that the impulse to anger had to be destroyed. Why? Because anger corrupts the imagination and stokes the lower faculties within the irascible appetite. The desire for vindication is what leads to the justification of sin. Sin over time clouds the intellect.

    Forget views on Catholicism. Just think about it in purely psychological terms. Our kids are being taught the opposite. But it’s quite obvious. Anger clouds judgement, and makes people stupid and do stupid things.

    How do you stop that?

    By losing the desire for vindication which is the root of anger.

    Etc

    Bannon is smart. E Michael Jones is smart.

    Catholic women are in fact the only highly educated attractive white women now having children.

    And it’s the most Catholic countries like Poland that are successfully resisting the destruction of their cultures by Globalism.

    And to get working class people in a position to raise their circumstances you have to teach them to embrace learning and embrace suffering, as our ancestors did.

    Bannon is a smart, smart man.

    • Agree: anon8383892
    • Replies: @mcohen
    , @antibeast
    , @Boomeritis
  24. To avoid Morris getting in the last word, Bannon should have had it written in the contract that he would get the last word in edgewise. But of course Morris may not have agreed to make the film on that condition, so let the viewer be the judge.

  25. mcohen says:
    @Anonymous

    anon 250 says

    “To raise up the white working class in the United States is going to take a Catholic revival”

    nope.relegion is opium of the masses

    only higher wages will do.up the hourly rate mate.tax the white collar more.

    “And to get working class people in a position to raise their circumstances you have to teach them to embrace learning and embrace suffering, as our ancestors did.”

    piss off

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  26. Dingo jay b says: • Website

    Dear sweet carleton_north vietnamese did attack our destroyers in the gulf of tonkin. Now your saying we had been taken aggressive actions along their coast to justify their attacks. What about their aggressive actions against the south vietnamese,?These tough little monkeys deserve what they got in the gulf tonkin and more so on christmas.

  27. chedolf says:

    Steve Bannon, champion of traditionalism, recoils from a “Made in Vietnam” tag on his West Point Cadet daughter’s uniform, but he thinks it’s great that she can serve in combat. He’s a brain damaged Boomer liberal who has virtually nothing in common with Catholics of previous eras.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  28. Antiwar7 says:

    I don’t think it’s accurate to portray anyone that voted for Hillary Clinton (as Morris voted) as of “the Left”. It’s more like, they’re of the NPR liberal-lite. (NPR = National Public Radio for those not in the US, a nauseating self-congratulatory blot on the airwaves.) In other words, the identity-politics, anti-worker, mass murdering centrist consensus. In fact, I think voting for Hillary (or refusing to) is a good litmus test.

    I suspect people on the Right tend to not be able to distinguish between various currents in the Left, and similarly in reverse. I also think the labels are meaningless for the issues that really matter, like war and workers’ rights (which naturally requires limits on immigration, both legal and illegal, simply from the law of supply and demand). Identity politics and culture wars are great ways for the ruling elites to divide everyone else, to make them powerless, and to distract them from crucial issues.

    • Replies: @John Morgan
  29. @SimplyPut

    Bannon’s surf board has, all this times, been floating on an air-rich froth fed by pro-Chosenite goodwill and cash. Not being a dummy, he knows it too. The author’s bare acknowledgement of this issue is comical and disgusting. Good read.

    • Agree: utu
  30. Anonymous[250] • Disclaimer says:
    @chedolf

    Sometimes one wonders why one bothers.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/west-point-grad-who-posed-with-communism-will-win-in-cap-discharged

    See that? That’s a graduate of westpoint who is an avowed communist, subverting the constitution of the United States of America and God, King, Nation.

    If Steven Bannon’s daughter isn’t graduating from West Point, debased as an institution as it now is, who do you think will be graduating from it?

    The entire reason that someone like Steven Bannon exists is precisely because people took your view and left these institutions to simply be taken over by the wolves.

    You call Bannon brain damaged.

    But you don’t think about the implications of your views. The reality of your views is that flawed as those institutions are, if the daughters of Bannons aren’t there, it will be non-whites and it will be communists.

    Just use your brain sometimes.

    • Replies: @chedolf
  31. Anonymous[250] • Disclaimer says:
    @mcohen

    “piss off”

    “only higher wages will do.up the hourly rate mate.tax the white collar more”

    Really?

    What’s the first thing that happens with Catholicism.

    Women get married, they have children, they leave the workforce. What does that do economically? It means wages go up because labour market supply drops and demand for labour increases.

    What else happens?

    The women have children. What does that mean?

    It means immigration is less necessary to pay for social welfare systems, which are reduced because children and families carry more of the burden of taking care of old people, instead of the State.

    What about those social welfare systems?

    Well those women see the social welfare systems as a drain on their family, rather then a source of personal income, so they vote for their reduction.

    What else happens if you Catholics?

    Well education becomes very important, so working class people’s children are given a chance to achieve social mobility. And it’s much more likely because they’re taught principles that are congruent with reality instead of cultural marxist lies and distortions.

    So those are 3 pretty big ways Catholicism increases wages.

    It takes women out of the workforce and wages go up.
    It reduces the necessity of immigration, and wages go up.
    More educated labour who obtain higher-skilled higher-margin jobs.

    “Relegion is the opium of the masses”.

    Karl Marx and Frederich Engels actually never said that – and the Opium of the masses is the actual Opium the masses imbibe because they are spiritually dead.

    Catholicism is all about longer time horizons, the delaying of gratification, and the magnification of reason over the lower faculties.

    Can you blame some of the WASPs for selling out to the Jews faced with attitudes like this?

  32. Wally says:
    @antibeast

    said:
    “That’s why he worships His Orange Highness who thinks that carbon pollution is good for rural whites because they are racially superior rednecks who don’t need environmental regulations. ”

    Talk about desperate, you are it.

    – No, liar, it’s the gas CO2, not the solid C, that neo-Marxist ‘environmentalists make the big fuss about. Your fraudulent use of “carbon” gives your game away. BTW, plants love CO2.
    And CO2 cannot do what neo-Marxists like yourself laughably claim. After all, there have been many times in earth’s history where CO2 was much higher while temperatures were much lower.

    – Naturally an unhinged neo-Marxist like yourself will invent strawman like “don’t need environmental regulations”. What taxpayers do not want or need are leftist scams to seize more from their paychecks.

    – Using the same metrics as Obama, Trump’s economy is roaring, people are overwhelmingly happy with the economy and their lives. Hurts don’t it?

    – Yep, the US is so “racist” & “redneck” that blacks, yellows, & browns are flocking to get in.

    Trump Landslide 2020.

  33. Anon[182] • Disclaimer says:

    Bannon, the opprtunist and racially charged unethical guy is quiet on Trump’s false claims about banning flight and cargo from China .
    Also he is , the defender of the white race has been quiet about the prevarication and procrastination , missteps and lies regarding the failures of CDC to provide correct test kit , failures of state department to take the spread of the infection seriously and keeping quiet on Trump’s angry outburst at worries about Corona virus ( because it’s hurtung Wall Street )

  34. @Emslander

    The evidence is the fact that Bannon’s recurring theme throughout the film is that the political establishment and its attendant elites needs to be overthrown. This is not standard Republican or neoconservative rhetoric. As for the issues I mentioned as examples, there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of them, but on their own they are insufficient to address the fundamental problems which lay at the heart of the American political process today.

    • Thanks: Hail
    • Replies: @Emslander
  35. @Emslander

    See what Sam Francis was writing on this already in the 1990s. Prior to Trump, the Republicans’ obsession with issues like abortion (which they’ve never actually done anything about, anyway – how many times have Republican voters been told over the past 47 years that supporting their candidates is important because they are the ones who will finally reverse Roe v. Wade?) and taxes only served to keep their base distracted while they steadily drifted further to the Left on most other issues.

    • Thanks: Hail
  36. @Antiwar7

    I’m not sure if this was addressed to me or someone else, but whatever the case may be, I understand your point but the fact is that there is no Left of the type you describe of any significance anymore. You can point to a few figures such as Slavoj Zizek or Morris Berman, but they don’t exercise any influence outside of the intellectual realm. Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang represented something akin to that current in real-world politics but neither of them made much headway (and the Democratic establishment was so rattled by Tulsi that Hillary felt compelled to label her a Russian asset, which is the surest sign that they’re determined to keep that sort of Leftism from returning). So if we are to speak of Left and Right in terms of how they are being defined in the American mainstream today, it’s Hillary. One could fruitfully argue that Left and Right are meaningless in today’s politics but to the average man on the street, Left means Hillary or Obama and Right means Bush or Trump.

    • Thanks: Hail
    • Replies: @Antiwar7
  37. antibeast says:
    @Anonymous

    Catholic women are in fact the only highly educated attractive white women now having children.

    Well and good. That’s what the native-born White Working Class need —traditional Christian family values from the Catholic Church — not the animalistic “sex, drugs, rock’n’roll” lifestyles being promoted by Western Liberalism.

    And it’s the most Catholic countries like Poland that are successfully resisting the destruction of their cultures by Globalism.

    Economic globalization has nothing to do with the demise of traditional Christian family values in the West which was caused by Western Liberalism. The Catholic Church is quite consistent in opposing individual freedom in sexual matters: Hedonism, Homosexuality, Feminism, Transgenderism, etc.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  38. Steve Bannon seems overly confident that there will be a revolution. I hope he is right but … refer to comment #2 by Dumbo.

  39. Emslander says:
    @John Morgan

    What you say about Republicans is true in spades. I’m not arguing with you here so much as actually trying to see what it would mean for the “system” to be destroyed, as Bannon has said, if it doesn’t mean the system that subjects all of humanity to the priorities of finance and global elitism.

    I don’t start out here as a religious zealot, but as a zealot for human beings. Our political elites continue to debase all systems of true value and assert artificial structures that are certain to fail. For example, no amount of taxation will ever be able to pay down our national indebtedness, which is the design. When it falls of simple economic gravitational pull, their structures won’t be affected, but a lot of people who’ve worked for value will be put on the streets.

    Tax laws aren’t designed to bring in the most revenues, but to effect the most control. Legal abortion isn’t designed to provide women with reproductive freedom as much as it’s designed to strip responsibility and authority from young men.

  40. @Anonymous

    he went to West Point

    His daughter went to West Point. As far as I know, he did not — except to visit her and be disturbed that his daughter’s uniform was made in a country that the U.S. bombed to little bits.

  41. chedolf says:
    @Anonymous

    We need to put women in combat to stem the tide of “non-whites and communists” in the service academies? That makes sense.

  42. Anonymous[250] • Disclaimer says:

    No, they should be having children, and no white women shouldn’t be in combat.

    There are no right answers to solve all of these impossible dilemmas.

    I’m just saying that the detriment of repudiation of institutions like the US military by US patriots and members of the American nation male or female is going to be their appropriation by our enemies.

    Communists, and anti-American non-American ethnic identarian radicals. Every graduating class from West Point now includes an obligatory picture of Latinos and African Americans with their swords doing the raised Communist/Black power fist.

    If you want to see what happens when you let your enemies take institutional territory and hold it, look at what has happened to the Catholic Church now that it is run by homosexual communist pagan Masons, look at the Boy Scouts, look at the American judiciary.

    Maybe a US military full of Americans will be reluctant to confiscate guns and destroy the constitution.

    Do you think a US military full of Latinos and blacks raised to believe the American nation has waged war on their races since it’s inception, and that heritage Americans are terrorists would hesitate?

    There is a reason the Marines are now banning all heritage American symbols from the Marines, even as they allow the Rainbow flag, the Transgender flag, the Black supremacy fist, and the proliferation of Hispanic Gang insignia.

    https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-bans-confederate-symbols

    They’re trying to replace Americans in the military with foreign mercanaries. And these foreign mercenaries like the Black and Tans in Ireland WILL terrorise supposed fellow ‘domestic citizens’ if ordered to do so.

    This is late Rome military.

    So there are benefits to having a women like Bannon Junioress in there to stave off the subversion of the military.

    What is the solution?

    White men don’t want to fight for ZOG – but that just means ZOG arms their enemies and gives them the legal license to disarm Americans.

  43. Anonymous[250] • Disclaimer says:
    @antibeast

    Economic globalisation was an integral part of the dissolution of the Christian family.

    Mothers working means they weren’t mothers which
    debased the currency and our purchasing power
    which gave rise to day care centres and a massive expansion in state socialism to facilitate women working
    which gave rise to feminist lobby groups to channel that money power into their radical projects
    which has meant economic globalization has supercharged these projects
    which has accelerated the dissolution of the family and demographics of children
    requiring the immigration of useless low IQ parasites with consumption and debt power to keep the project running
    which entails the eventual total collapse of the system.

    Economic globalization was always going to lead to liberalism. Once women were in the workforce they were always going to change all the institutions in which they were present to fit their social preferences. That’s what women do, that’s how they’re wired.

    Western liberalism followed western economic globalization during World War 1 when women were made to work.

    World War 1 was the seminal event that ended white Christian European civilization.

    Material and immaterial are always interdependent, never separate.

  44. Antiwar7 says:
    @John Morgan

    Thanks for your thoughtful reply. And I’m sorry to say, I think you’re right. But it galls me that such creatures as Hillary could be thought of as of the Left, when they’re so not what that term more traditionally meant.

    I suppose it’s like the word liberal, which has changed in meaning over the centuries.

  45. MaryLS says:
    @antibeast

    And what pray tell is “carbon pollution”? Surely you do not intend to refer to CO2 — a naturally produced beneficial gas?

  46. Smith says:

    Any right winger who continues to shill for Israel/jews must be declared controlled opposition and/or traitor, and that includes Steve Bannon.

    The fog was less clear in 2016, but now? No, hell no.

    The jewish neocon/neolibs are downright insane and self destructive because they do not act for their host countries’ interest, only Israel’s. Left or right does not matter, we can settle our differences when ZOG is finished.

  47. Hail says: • Website

    Although it premiered at film festivals in September 2018 and received a great deal of press (most of it negative) at the time, it was impossible to see for over a year thereafter. The distributors refused to bring it to theaters, it wasn’t shown on television, and you couldn’t find it streaming or on DVD. It wasn’t even pirated online anywhere. One couldn’t help but wonder, what was it that made this film too dangerous to be shown?

    The answer, as it turns out once you see it, is nothing. Morris finally found a distributor which was able to get the film into brief showings at a few arthouse theaters here and there last autumn, and finally, just in recent weeks, it’s appeared on a few streaming services, including Amazon.

    Here is a Q&A with Eroll Morris recorded on November 1, 2019, opening night for the Bannon Dharma film at “Film Forum NYC,” Manhattan.

    Their video description:

    Film Forum presents legendary documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, who appeared for a Q&A on November 1, 2019, at the opening night of his latest film, AMERICAN DHARMA. The film revolves around Morris’s frank, unflinching, conversation with Stephen K. Bannon, the divisive, alt-right former chief strategist of the Trump administration. The Q&A was moderated by journalist and chemist Hamilton Morris. AMERICAN DHARMA is now playing.

    This is their explanation for why the film was so long delayed (my transcription of the early part of the recording posted above):

    American Dharma … premiered last year the Venice Film Festival [early Sept. 2018]. Following an unrelated tweet-storm involving a Steve Bannon appearance at the New Yorker Festival, this film had difficulty finding a distributor, a rarity for Mr. Morris. In fact, at one point earlier this year, he tweeted [Feb. 26, 2019], “F*** ’em. I will distribute the movie myself.”

    Happily, new distribution company Utopia acquired the film, and we’re thrilled to have the US theatrical premier here tonight. Thank you for joining us.

    The Q&A is 35 minutes and begins at 2:35. Morris is the A; the Q is his son.

    As for that reference to the New Yorker Festival:

    Held mid-Oct. 2018, the Bannon controversy/dis-invitation was in early Sept. 2018, concurrent with the screening at Venice.

    (I assume this documentary was made in early to mid 2018, so now that we are in spring 2020 and people can finally access it, the content is two full years old.)

    • Replies: @John Morgan
  48. @Hail

    Yes, I was aware of these events, but I don’t for a moment believe that the deplatforming (to use Morris’ own word) of “American Dharma” was solely the result of Bannon’s invitation to the festival. Obviously the cinematic powers-that-be didn’t want anything to do with a film about Bannon at all, which is also what Morris himself has said in interviews, such as the one I linked to in my review.

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