The Bannon Conundrum and Linguistic Idiocracy

Steve Bannon at Bloggers Briefing October 19, 2010 Photo by Don Irvine
Steve Bannon at Bloggers Briefing October 19, 2010
Photo by Don Irvine

According to Solomon Jones of the Philadelphia Inquirer, President-Elect Donald Trump’s newest pick for Chief Strategist, Brietbart’s Stephen K. Bannon is, “Like another hateful propagandist, Joseph Goebbels.” Mr. Jones is far from alone in this kind of fearful trumpeting, consider also the tonal similarities of headlines from The National Review and Haaretz, respectively: “Steve Bannon Is Not a Nazi – But Let’s Be Honest About What He Represents!” and, “Bannon’s Not an Anti-Semite – But He Is An Anti-Muslim, Anti-Woman Bigot!” This is blatant, ostentatious shock-jockeying at it’s finest, all of it stemming from the belief that Bannon, is a bigoted xenophobic white supremacist. Yet none of these journalistic platforms ever provide even the simplest pieces of evidence to back their extravagant claims.

Let’s tackle the white supremacy angle first since it’s the most commonly raised. Definitionally speaking, one is a “White Supremacist” if one believes that the white race (whatever that means) has some divinely granted or inherent phenotypic advantage which positions them above all other races, and gives the so-called white race license to dominate all other racial groups. This then begs the obvious question, has Steve Bannon ever attempted or done anything to physically suppress or censor other racial groups? No. Has he ever said anything which suggests that
he believes whites should dominate and rule all other races and ethnic groups? No.

Now, to be sure, Bannon has said some controversial things. For example he stated that he’s an unabashed, “Economic Nationalist”, as well as that the site he inherited from the fiery conservative mainstay, Andrew Brietbart, Brietbart News, was to become a “Platform For The Alt-Right”, a group which undoubtedly contains a white nationalist element. But, there is an enormous distinction to be made between a white nationalist and a white supremacist, just as there is a big difference between making one’s media outlet a platform for a particular group and agreeing wholeheartedly with that group. The problem with the conflation of the former terms is that they are not mutually inclusive, for instance one can easily be a racial nationalist without any ill-desire upon another racial group or one could be a white supremacist globalist or white supremacist anarchist, both of which are positions utterly antithetical to nationalism. What is also important is that one need not agree in the slightest with either position to have the intellectual uprightness to admit that there can be a difference.

A Jewish Trump supporter shows his support in a unique way.
A Jewish Trump supporter shows his support in a unique way.

In regard to the latter examples, simply making Breitbart News a platform for members of the Alt-Right does not mean that Brietbart must then back everything (or indeed, anything) that they say. For instance, take Noel Ignatiev, a professor of the Massachusetts College of Art as well as an extremely controversial anti-racist author who has made such eyebrow raising statements as, “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.” Should we then assume that Dr. David Nelson, President of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design holds these same views without providing any evidence of the fact? No, this would be starkest lunacy – a leap of logic so vast and quick and head-spinning as to, quite accurately be described as madness. Yet this is exactly what such media outlets as the National Review, Mother Jones, CNN and Haaretz Israel News are doing. But in attempting to drag their ideological opponents through the muck and slime they are unwittingly creating a totalitarian idiocracy of words, for in a world where words are deprived of any and all meaning, nothing can truly mean anything. This is the very reason (obvious as it should be) that we in The West must, as a people, fiercely cleave to the meanings of our words. This is not mere semantic jiggery – it is structurally crucial to the very foundations of civilization itself.

Aaron Klein, chief editor of Breitbart Jerusalem, said in an interview that Steve Bannon recruited him to combat distorted reporting against the Jewish state.
Aaron Klein, chief editor of Breitbart Jerusalem, said in an interview that Steve Bannon recruited him to combat distorted reporting against the Jewish state.

The remedy to this entire situation is always, always force these sniveling craven weasels to make the appropriate linguistic distinctions. If they refuse to do so, then put the onus on them, but don’t just stop there – attack and do so ceaselessly. For if these despicable so-called “journalists” casts upon any individual some baseless and defamatory remark, the person upon which it is cast is not the bad guy – it’s the caster. For in throwing out spurious accusations, the mainstream media is acting out in a fashion that is not just disingenuous, but utterly morally reprehensible. When they repeat the same lies over and over again, like some kind of shamanic incantation, these wretched cretins are not just devaluing their own language and ruining their target’s careers, they are creating a world of mist and fog which cloaks the mossy, hungry bog below.

To quote the aforementioned, Joseph Goebbels,

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental
principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”

Does that sound like Bannon or the mainstream media? You tell me.

Watch this great speech by Stephen K. Bannon at the inaugural Liberty Restoration Foundation in Orlando, FL in 2011

Ian Erickson

About Kaiter Enless

Ian is married father with two sons that lives in New Jersey. Ian has decided to enter back into the world of news and opinion. He is member of the GOP that has worked on several campaigns from national, state and local levels. He has had opinion pieces published in local NJ newspapers such as The Star Ledger. Also, he has contributed to The John Birch Society and various other websites. He had a book of poetry published while majoring in Biblical Studies at Pillar College in NJ. The book is titled Broken. He has had his poems published in poetry journals. He has been a guest speaker at Pillar College to speak about creative writing and poetry. Ian was voted ” Most Sarcastic Person” for the state of New Jersey in 2007.