Steven Bannon has crooked teeth and round flabby jowls.  His hair, once cropped short, thick and brown, is now kept longer, combed back, and is on the silver spectrum of grey.  His eyes, sometimes lifeless and sometimes burning with hatred and passion, are a distinct blue.  His sloping forehead and squat nose give the impression that he is not an intelligent man, an impression which no doubt works in his favor when undermining his enemies — Bannon is shrewdly intelligent.  Bannon’s cheeks are sometimes flushed with rosacea and he’s begun to sprout age spots near his temples and along his hairline.  He has three lines of bags under his eyes, each line gets longer and wider as they sink into the meat of his cheek. This gives the impression of a tired old man.  Steven Bannon is not a tired old man.  Steven Bannon is the populist champion of Donald Trump’s radical conservative coup d’état.

Bannon once wrote the following down on a sheet of paper, printing each word carefully and intently:

It doesn’t take a weatherman to see which way the wind blows, and the winds blow off the high plains of this country. Through the prairie and lighting a fire that will burn all the way to Washington in November[1].

This would be their battle cry, their declaration of war.  Bob Dylan, a hippie, and Weathermen, a domestic terrorist organization from the 1970s, would provide the language that Bannon would use to ignite the burning fire of his army of Tea Party Patriots.  Bannon’s purpose is to surgically remove the cancer and corruption which has plagued the political machine in Washington for decades.  This was the start of Steve Bannon’s decade-long culture war.  The moment he put down on paper, It doesn’t take a weatherman, was the moment the world changed.  What we need to do is bitch-slap the Republican Party[2].  Donald Trump became his bitch-slap.

He changed the human world, he did not change the physical world.  The human world is existential.  It is comprised of thoughts and feelings and emotions, centered on the desires of self.  It is both conscious and subconscious.  The human world is built upon politics and force, efforts of coercion and degradation, it is power, sex, it is hatred, it is love, it is good, it is deviance.  It is kind, it is evil.  The human world is our reality, temporally limited and as divine as we imagine it to be.

The physical world is different.  It is hard, comprised of billions of years of stone and metals — it is earth.  We can touch the physical world with our hands, smell it with our noses, see it with our eyes.  The physical world formed before the first human existed, it will die in a fiery cataclysm of the supernova long after the last human has faded into oblivion.  A tiny speck of stardust, a delicate combination of combustible gases and gravity, that is the source of creation — no less divine than our own imagination.  The source of the physical world and the existential human world was brought into being through an incredible and random collision of matter billions of years in the making.

Creation has always been, and will always be, indifferent to the living.  What makes us more important than the random nature of the universe’s creation?  Nothing, and perhaps everything.  If I say I am important, doesn’t that make it so?

Steven Bannon is threatened by strong and independent women, afraid that they could turn the tide in his culture war.  It is because of these women that he so blindly threw his support behind an elite.  A dyke from the seven sisters school could never become president[3], Bannon could not allow that.  A strong woman in the oval office might turn away some of his patriots, it might empower their women to soften the hearts of men.  Men who are needed to fuel the hatred which seeps into the ground and poisons the roots and seeds of future generations.  Men are needed to wage war, needed to build the infrastructure of Bannon’s nationalist network.  Men are his tribesman, and almost exclusively white men.

His constituents must feel his hate.  If for even one moment they had lost focus during the 2016 election, if they had lost sight of the end goal, which was, of course, the election of Donald Trump, Bannon might have had to start over again.  Trump was a tool for Bannon, he was someone Bannon used to wage a holy political war against the Washington machine.  Bannon helped to keep Trump in the headlines, to shower him with more attention than any candidate in history.  Bannon encouraged Trump to duke it out with the media and elites as publicly as possible, encouraged him to embrace the controversy.  The theatricality of Trump the showman was exactly how Bannon distracted the mob from the more “political” and “trained” Hillary Clinton.  Nuanced responses to questions didn’t matter if Trump could exude power and authenticity of message.

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Hillary Clinton is a total phony… she has never accomplished anything in her life… she is terrible on the stage… she is a grinder, but not smart… she is a joke who hides behind a complacent media… she is an apple-polisher who couldn’t pass the D.C. bar exam… she is a fucking bull dyke[4].

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Our backup strategy [if Hillary Clinton wins] is to fuck her up so bad that she can’t govern.  If she gets 43 percent of the vote, she can’t claim a mandate[5].

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 There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s… he is part of the permanent political class that runs this country, which is one of the great dangers we face[6].

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We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict.  We are in an outright war against jihadists, Islam, Islamic fascism… the immense secularization of the West is a threat to freedom.  The people in the church must bind together and form a Church militant, stand for our beliefs but to fight for our beliefs against the barbarity [Islam] that will literally eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,0002,500 years[7].

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Traditional nationalist women cut to the heart of the progressive narrative. That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement. That, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools in New England. That drives the left insane, and that’s why they hate these traditional women[8].

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I am not about to have a twenty-nine-year-old bimbo criticize the people at this place for running something… I think she is a self-centered, deluded young woman, and she is about to get a reality check… I’ll ram it down her fucking throat…[9]

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You want to go home and shower [after watching the Occupy movie] because you’ve just spent an hour and 15 minutes with the greasiest, dirtiest people you will ever see[10]. 

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In order to change the world we need an insurgent, center-right populist movement that is virulently anti-establishment, and it’s going to continue to hammer this city [D.C.], both the progressive left and the institutional Republican Party[11].

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The progressive narrative is all about victimhood.  They’re either a victim of race.  They’re a victim of their sexual preference.  They’re a victim of gender.  All about victimhood and the United States is the great oppressor, not the great liberator[12].

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For Bannon these are the thoughts he’s had publicly, we can only guess at his private musings.  He worked each into a speech, interview, or policy proposal.  He said these things and I have done as good a job as I can to communicate them to you fairly and with context (see my sources).  No doubt that Bannon has carefully considered how to say these things.  He has refined his message countless times to tap into the deep-seeded hatred within the bellies of the poor, and getting poorer, white working-class Americans.  Patriots, at least people who consider themselves patriots, who yearn for a period in their lives in which the American dream isn’t simply the manifestation of their goals but the actualization of their lives.  Bannon speaks so freely and without self-censorship because it is his goal to give voice to subconscious thought.  Bannon believes that it is important to dehumanize the fascists of Islam, the dykes, the “victims” of race and “sexual preference,” women who would dare to challenge his authority, because in doing so he creates an enemy and draws lines in the sand.

Bannon might be the most powerful man on Earth — perhaps this has been true for some time.  No matter what he says or does he is untouchable.  His power lies in the fact that he fully lives his truth.  He believes that the infinite might of the Judeo-Christian God is on his side.  He believes that he is at war.  His war is with the media and elites, with giant corporations and special interests.  He is at war with billionaires.  He is at war with identity politics.  Bannon’s war is a war for hearts and minds, perhaps it is metaphysical.  Bannon believes that his war transcends himself, it extends into the future.  The goal of his war is the very soul of the American nation-state.

Footnotes:

[1] Professor Ronald Radosh wrote about this for The Daily Beast in February of 2017.  I discovered it as part of my background research into Donald Trump.  Interestingly, Radosh also had a conversation with Bannon in which he (Bannon) outed himself as a “Leninist” who sought the destruction of the “administrative state.” Source: https://goo.gl/Nmwzy1

[2] Bannon said this in an interview on “Political Vindication Radio” in 2010, urging voters to support his Tea Party Candidates in various midterm elections.  Of course, this would turn into a rallying cry which helped elect Donald Trump to the Office of the President of the United States of America.  Source: https://goo.gl/6FnPC5

[3] This is only one instance of him using the term “dyke” in reference to Hillary Clinton.  He uses the term quite a lot.  Source: https://goo.gl/6AoWzJ

[4] This complete and unabashed hate is what Bannon feeds on, and what he feeds his followers.  He uses the anguish of a poor and shrinking white middle class to fuel his war.  A white middle class which sees Hillary Clinton as the preeminent example of Washington corruption.  Source: Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green

[5] Hillary Clinton did not win, Bannon’s backup strategy proved to be unnecessary.  However, Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes; Trump won the electoral college.  It seems that Bannon’s backup strategy may have inadvertently been let loose upon Donald Trump; Trump’s legislative agenda lacks any significant accomplishment, his approval ratings are the worst in history, and his ability to govern has been challenged consistently from within his own political party. [since the time of writing this the GOP has passed the most significant tax reform in the last three decades… Donald Trump finally has his legislative victory.  Interestingly, Steve Bannon was not a fan of the legislation] Source: https://goo.gl/bt82SL

[6] While giving speeches to Tea Party activists and on the campaign trail for Judge Roy Moore, Bannon went on a blistering attack of the political party he belongs to.  This is par for the course, Bannon despises the ruling elites.  Source: https://goo.gl/XpibCP

[7] In a speech given to a conservative Catholic political organization in Vatican City, sometimes called “This Is How Steve Bannon Sees the Entire World,” (according to Buzzfeed) Bannon openly advocated for a “holy war.”  Here we see his conviction and fear mongering as clear as spring water at high-noon on a cloudless day.  Source: https://goo.gl/ZwhxQY

[8] As much as the left might “dislike” “pro-family traditional women,” Bannon seems to “dislike” (hate) progressive women.  Again, we see the use of the word “dyke” when describing a woman he doesn’t like.  Source: https://goo.gl/CQpBRf

[9] Steve Bannon seems to struggle with the idea that a strong and independent woman might challenge his Alpha Male authority.  In this example, which harkens back to the year 1994, before anyone knew who this cuck was, he is secretly recorded talking about a female employee who had recently challenged his authority on a project.  Source: https://goo.gl/oXm1Ee

[10] This is how Steve Bannon views the Occupy Movement which took place following the 2008 financial collapse.  Many of these people were homeless, poor, broken, queer, people of color.  Source: https://goo.gl/akmjzL

[11] Populism is the tool of choice for Bannon’s movement.  He doesn’t view the Republican party as being a “functional conservative party,” and in many ways he is correct.  The lines between the two parties have become more blurred in the last 20 years.  His solution to this problem is Donald Trump.  Source: https://goo.gl/akmjzL

[12] Here we see how Steve Bannon truly views progressive politics.  He is completely at odds with the idea that the individual experience is worth considering within his radically conservative political philosophy.  One wonders if Bannon, whom I believe to be a great student of history, realizes that his comment completely ignores hundreds of years of systemic oppression?  Source: https://goo.gl/LZi3AM

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