Class Warfare Blog

February 26, 2017

The Real Danger from Association with Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon is a close advisor to President Trump. He has a very impressive résumé and he is clearly “one of the smartest guys in the room,” any room. Lately he has been characterized as being all kinds of things: a while supremacist, an anti-Semite, etc. All of these characterizations miss the point. Mr. Bannon does pose a threat, but not in the ways these authors propose. It stems from Mr. Bannon’s idée fixe that Western Civilization is facing an ideological showdown, including war … with Islam.

It is unfortunate that also on Mr. Bannon’s team are the likes of Betsy DeVos, who along with Ted Cruz’s father and host of others, have the idea that the best way to forestall such a future is to marry Christianity with our government. Those of us who think that secularism and assimilation are desirable are, I guess, just wrong-headed. These people like to claim that this is the only way to head off Sharia law and Islamism building up in our society. I guess those Muslims are following the same playbook the Irish followed when they took over the U.S. in the 1800’s. The same plan was followed by the Germans, and then the Chinese and the Japanese and then Hispanics. It is a tried and true approach to subversion of the country. Move in and then take over. Apparently these “Christian nation” people don’t have enough faith in the corrupting power of Coca-Cola, blue jeans, and iPhones.

But Mr. Bannon is truly dangerous. He, like many others of his ilk, is focused on external enemies. Those “others” are easy to characterize as “bad guys.” Consider ISIS/ISIL. This group is absolutely no threat to the U.S. but people are running around screaming “We have to do something; we have to do something!” because any bad guy is too precious of an opportunity to waste.

The problem with these external threats is they ignore the greatest threat to our democracy, greater than all of the external threats combined: the total capture of the reins of government by plutocrats, basically the rich, corporate and otherwise.

By the time Islam gets around to storming our borders, the pickings will be nonexistent because the plutocrats have picked over the carcass of the Great American Experiment in democracy until it is almost clean. Both major political parties represent only the interests of the rich. As do the courts and the military, which doesn’t seem to have a mission but to protect the plutocrats foreign economic interests. The Islamist invading forces will have to storm the tax havens to get at the wealth of Americans as the plutocrats will have almost all of it.

I wonder if the conservatives opposition to alternative energy sources simply stems from the fact that if we kick our addiction to oil, what use will we then have for the military.



  1. He is dangerous, and he believes the world functions in 80-odd year cycles of total war. I hope your generals have the courage to say, “No, Mr. President.”


    Comment by john zande — February 26, 2017 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

  2. “Apparently these “Christian nation” people don’t have enough faith in the corrupting power of Coca-Cola, blue jeans, and iPhones.



    Comment by lbwoodgate — February 26, 2017 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

    • Gosh, I thought they were pretty powerful.

      On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 3:08 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 26, 2017 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

      • The power of corporations reaches far deeper into human activity than faith does, at least in this country, IMO


        Comment by lbwoodgate — February 27, 2017 @ 6:06 am | Reply

        • At first I thought that that had to be wrong, but as I thought about it I came to agree with you. All but the top few percent are negatively impacted by corporate power and those with faith cannot match that number.

          On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:06 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — February 27, 2017 @ 7:48 am | Reply

  3. I think our addiction to oil is as simple as we think – oil companies buying up politicians.
    The need for military isn’t really a factor in that because we always seem to find excellent reasons to use it, whether they are oil-related or not.


    Comment by List of X — February 27, 2017 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

    • I was being facetious, or trying to be. If we were committed to wind and solar power and electric vehicles, there are much better things to do with oil rather than to make gasoline from it and burn it. But we sure wouldn’t need more than we have at that point, which would decrease the political leverage of oil exporting companies (e.g. Saudi Arabia).

      On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 4:45 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 27, 2017 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

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