For the 50th Anniversary of the USS Liberty attack by Israel, RT decided to go on the attack. On this episode, in order to do so, they naturally invited Ken O’Keefe to tell it like it is.
However, this is all very curious. Just the other day, we posted a video of RT promoting Holocaust propaganda. So, where does the Kremlin stand? Or, is its stance exactly this – misinformation and disinformation.
By attacking Israel (which many consider it to be part of the West), RT is actually enabling the NWO and communism by fomenting anti-Western sentiments and policies towards Israel.
After all, Israel will be destroyed — as it is all “prophecy.” Even Kissinger recently said Israel won’t be around in 10 years too.
RT Holocaust Propaganda Videos:
Putin’s “Anti-Semite” Video:
Other Videos to Consider:
It is obvious that there has been a drastic change within some Muslim communities and this is the result of brainwashing. Brainwashing is what they have also used for the west when it comes to moral values. With Muslims they also infiltrated their religion by using extremists who are being funded by them! We see all these brainwashed young people joining ISIS, who are manipulated by those who we never get to read their names in the papers! The tribe needs to destroy us and they are doing it from within, just like they have said they would many centuries ago.
In the midst of what US Congress already called the 3rd World War – others call it the “War on Terror” (“justified” by western false flag operations) many are looking towards a “saviour”: Russia’s Vladimir Putin and his Putinism. Some say only he could save world peace.
However, the following will show that this man is being affected by very dangerous ideas: He is a Jew, who was brought up and is anchored in master race-Talmudism. In particular, his Rabbi is a Chabad Lubavitch seeing the goal of his life in bringing about the coming of the Judaic Messiah, Ben David, through a world war. For this purpose, he is influencing Putin (Gog / Magog?). Furthermore Judaists emphasize that Communism is Judaism – and vice versa. Therefore, and because Putin is a former KGB agent and boss of the FSB, the KGB’s successor, Putin was able to say, that the fall of the Soviet Union was the catastrophe of the 20th century. Hence his bad habit of killing his critics.
Another Rasputin of Putin´s is Alexander Dugin, who, like the very influential Igor Panarin, put the satanic Eurasianism into Putin´s, his government´s, and the Russians´ heads: The restoration of the Romanov empire including Alaska plus the EU!
Dugin’s ideology is “fascist fascism.” Dugin says, the meaning of Russia is to trigger Doomsday. Death is the beginning of life, says this atheist!
But most of all, Putin is a Royal Arch Mason and obedient to his Grand Master. According to a classmate, he was selected as the Antichrist of the Illuminati. Russia´s central bank and thus Russia is in the claws of Rothschild´s FED.
Putin is furthermore very strongly influenced by 3 nationalist philosophers of the 19th century and has imposed on his Governors to read their works: Nikolai Berdyaev, Vladimir Solovyov and Ivan Ilyin. “The Russian messianic idea”, wrote Berdyaev “always raised Russia as a country that would help to solve the problems of mankind.” Putin sees himself as this “Messiah”.
Putin is ruling because he is a real national hero in the eyes of his people -more so the more he opposes the US (Crimea). Nationalism is the religion of the Russians, who are mostly atheists. This nationalist religion is supported by the Russian Orthodox Church, whose priests are largely Crypto-Jews. The patriarchs were and is former KGB agents who probably informed against many.
To what extent has all this Pharisee-Illuminati-Masonic National-Fascism affected Putin in his role at the end of the world?
According to the European Leadership Network, NATO and Russia are seriously preparing for war. A former adviser to Vladimir Putin warned that Putin has been planning the 3rd World War for the past 10 years.
The consultant spoke of Putin not thinking that Ukraine is a country, but a country which originally belonged to Russia. He also sees Poland, Hungary and Romania in the same light, which raises the question: Has Putin also directed his attention on these countries?
A Russian Kremlin critic, Piontkovsky, says Putin wants to destroy NATO and the United States.
An analyst closely affiliated to Foreign Minister Lavrov, Fyodor Lukyanov, says, the mood in the Russian people and in the foreign policy elite is very bleak: war is quite possible – and the warnings are becoming stronger by the day.
One danger is that Russia is weak – and is not toe to toe with the US in conventional war. Therefore, Putin puffs himself up, making himself stronger than he is, calculating that the West will give in to his strong will out of fear of confrontation. His nuclear threshold is now low – and his weakness – even politically domestically – could force him into a big War.
* * * * * *
While the world stands in what the US Congress has already dubbed WWIII – others call it “The War on Terror” (“justified” by western false flag operations) – mankind is looking towards a savior: Russia´s Vladimir Putin and his Putinism. What kind of “savior” Putin is will ensue from the following.
Putin´s Valdai speech shows him distancing himself from the Western unipolar world order.
Renowned Stephen Lendman writes: “Putin forthrightly works for peace and stability. He deserves universal support – he is the Best Hope for World Peace”. Many think Lendman is right. But is he?
Sputnik 2 Oct. 2015 Quotes Der Stern: The Russian president has been able to convince the West that those who want peace in Syria should cooperate with Assad.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is again winning the respect on the international arena as he managed to offer a constructive solution for Syria, while other countries were at a loss . “Putin is doing everything right — at least everything to ensure the interests of his own country.”
BUT: According to the Moscow Times 3 Aug. 2015, the Russian political and financial system is utterly corrupt and cynical. Putin is one of the richest persons in the world (how did this poor backyard boy manage that? In the KGB or through its successor, Putin´s even worse FSB the boss of which he was? Or through the many Jewish oligarchs around him?
The Independent 15 March 2015: Vladimir Putin says Russia was preparing to use nuclear weapons ‘if necessary’ and blames US for Ukraine crisis.
What does Putin really think. What is his background – apart from his Communist past?
Putin said: “The break-up of the Soviet union was the catastrophe of the century”
1. Pharisaic Jews
I have previously warned against Putin and mentioned his Jewish roots based on Russian genealogist study – also referred to by Henry Makow. He was brought up by a Jewish Talmudic family.
Interview by Daryll Bradford Smith from The French Connection with a well-informed Russian – after the 10:00 min. mark : Putin is Jewish and his mother´s surname was Shalomova in Putin´s autobiography – a Jewish name later changed to Shelomova. She converted to Russian Orthodoxy – like so many Crypto-Jewish priests.
Indeed, Putin is close interwoven with the Jewish Doomsday sect, the Chabad Lubavitch, whose aim is to promote the second coming of the Judaic Messiah, rebbe schneerson, ben David in the middle of a great war (Gog & Magog – Putin Gog?) – a political genius to make Israel the ruler of the world:
Today, Lazar said, Russia has in Vladimir Putin its “most pro-Jewish leader,” whom he credits with “fighting anti-Semitism more vigorously than any Russian leader before him.”
Lazar also has considerable clout in the Jewish communities of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and elsewhere.
But Lazar and Putin’s relationship seems to go deeper than political expediency. In 2012, Lazar led the Russian leader on a tour of Jerusalem’s Western Wall. And last year Putin made Lazar a member of Russia’s prestigious Merit to the Fatherland order.
Judaism is a radical Revolutionary ideology which sees Non-jews as outlawed goyim (cattle): According to Vladimir Putin, 85% of members of the first Soviet government were Jews. And its God is Lucifer – not the Father of Christ.
1) Some call it Marxism — I call it Judaism.” (The American Bulletin, Rabbi S. Wise, May 5, 1935). 2) “The Communist soul is the soul of Judaism. Hence it follows that, just as in the Russian revolution the triumph of Communism was the triumph of Judaism, so also in the triumph of fascism will triumph Judaism.”(A Program for the Jews and Humanity, Rabbi Harry Waton, p. 143-144). 3): “The Bolshevist revolution in Russia was the work of Jewish brains, …whose goal is to create a new world order. What was performed in so excellent a way in Russia, thanks to Jewish brains, shall also, through the same Jewish mental and physical forces, become a reality all over the world.” (The American Hebrew September 10, 1920).
Karl Marx was a cousin of Nathan Rothschild who paid him for the Communist
I have previously written about Freemasonry as Judaism/Pharisaism for Non-Jews – founded in modern shape by the Rosicrucians/Jesuits. Its goal is Pharisaic world hegemony as described 118 years ago by the Learned Elders of Zion.
Putin is a Royal Arch Freemason – like all KGB, MI6 and MI5 agents. Putin is a Royal Arch Freemason – possibly playing the role as the Illuminati Antichrist. Putin wears scarab on his necktie and shows many Masonic hand signs.
Bibliotheca Pleyades: The scarab symbolized the strength of the body, the resurrection of the soul, and the Eternal and Incomprehensible Creator, Ra, in His aspect as Lord of the Sun. It was the symbol of Egyptian soldiers – and is widely used in Freemasonry.
Although a Putin confident has stated that Putin would nationalize Rothschild´s Russian central bank – he has not done so. So, he and Russia are still under Rothschild control. It is stated that Putin has no choice but to change to Stalin Mode.
3) National messianism
Putin is deeply nationalistic- religious – influenced by three 19, century philosophers: The Kremlin recently assigned three philosophic books to regional governors by Nikolai Berdyaev, Vladimir Solovyovand Ivan Ilyin.” They foresee Russia´s greatness under one autocrat.
Russia would transcend secularism and atheism and create a unified spiritual kingdom.“The Russian messianic conception,” Berdyaev wrote, “always exalted Russia as a country that would help to solve the problems of humanity.” Putin sees himself as this “savior” (The New York Times 3 March 2014).
This paranoia was further promoted by a Kremlin insider´s , Igor Panarin´s, vision of the Russian empire rising again – led by Putin. Panari was the dean of the Russian foreign ministry’s diplomatic academy and a frequent guest on Russian TV stations. The European Union joining China and Russia’s “Eurasian Union” as part of a triumvirate of global domination. The US would collapse – and Russia retake Alaska.(The Telegraph of London 2009).
4) Alexander Dugin´s (Putin´s Rasputin) Eurasianism
The National Review 18 June 2014: Dugin is the mad philosopher, redesigning the brains of much of the Russian government and public, filling their minds with a new hate-ridden totalitarian ideology whose consequences can only be catastrophic in the extreme, not only for Russia, but for the entire human race. Dugin is antisemitic!
In recent months,the embrace of Duginist ideas by the Putin regime has become ever more evident. But now, with the appearance of “The American Empire Should Be Destroyed”: Alexander Dugin and the Perils of Immanentized Eschatology”, by James Heiser, we finally have a book-length treatment.
Dugin was expelled from the Moscow Aviation Institute for involvement in pro-Nazi mystical circles in the early 1980s.
Russia must unite around itself all the continental powers, including Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet republics, Turkey, Iran, and Korea, into grand Eurasian Union strong enough to defeat the West (USA). In order to be so united “from Lisbon to Vladivostok,” this Eurasian Union will need a defining ideology, and for this purpose Dugin has developed a new “Fourth Political Theory” combining all the strongest points of Communism, Nazism, Ecologism, and Traditionalism,
From Traditionalism, he derives a justification for stopping free thought. All the rest is straight out of Nazism. What Russia needs, says Dugin, is a “genuine, true, radically revolutionary and consistent,fascist fascism.”
Only a global crusade against the U.S., the West, globalization, and their political-ideological expression, liberalism, is capable of becoming an adequate response. . . The American empire should be destroyed.”
It is not an exaggeration to state that Dugin’s intended goal is the End of the World. This is Russia´s task.”
In 2001, [Stephen] Shenfield observes that Dugin’s eschatological view is “Manichean”. Dugin admixes Christian concepts, often repeating the notion that the West is the realm of “Antichrist.” Death is the way to immortality. Love will begin when the world ends. We must long for it, like true Christians.
The man who thinks that the “meaning of Russia” is “the End of the World” is the man whose geopolitical doctrine is being implemented by the ruler of Russia.
In short, Dugin’s Eurasianism is a satanic cult. This is the ideology behind the Putin regime’s “Eurasian Union” project.
And he thinks the Ukraine is a sine qua non for the Eurasia.
5) The Russian people
I have previously written: In Russia you are dealing with a major European nation, a nation of aggressive, hierarchical, revanchist, statists, brought up on the cult of war and militaristic exploits, which does not recognize the modern world system and considers the stoic endurance of hardships and privations as a part of life.
The Russian people are said to be mostly atheists. Most Russians identify themselves with the Church, because it is part of their national heritage, not for religious reasons.
6) The Orthodox Russian Church
This Church is through and through infiltrated by Crypto-Jews – renowned Brother Nathaniel Kapner is one of them. Although he is a sworn enemy of Judaism, he worships Jewish Putin – as does this Church as such.
Here follows a Kapner-apotheosis of Putin to whom the future belongs (God have mercy upon us!)
Its patriarchs are former KGB agents hailing the rulers and taking the highest positions in that church. Present patriarch, Kirill, said: Putin is helping Russia become more powerful and regain its old positions,as a country that respects itself and enjoys the respect of all others.”
So, Talmudic Jewish Masonic Putin, an Illuminati puppet and feigned Christian , surrounds himself with Jewish Oligarchs who have made him one of the richest men in the world. A patriotic people and Church demand him to restore the Soviet -Union – as does his Rasputin, Alexander Dugin – who even demands the EU to become a Russian Vassal. Additionally, Dugin preaches redemption of the soul through death and sees Russia´s task to bring about the end of the world. So does Putin´s rabbi, the Lubawitscher Chabad, Berel Lazar, who will bring about the Coming of the Judaic Messiah, ben David through the Apocalypse.
So, to what extent has all this Jewish Illuminati-Masonic national-fascism influenced Putin towards his role in the end of the world?
DOES PUTIN PLAN A BIGGER WAR THAN THE ONE HE IS WAGING IN SYRIA?
The European Leadership Network has brought a sinister analysis, which I have previously described : “Both exercises (NATO and Russia) show that each side is training with the other side’s capabilities and most likely war plans in mind. “While spokespeople may maintain that these operations are targeted against hypothetical opponents, the nature and scale of them indicate otherwise: Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia.”
A former adviser to Vladimir Putin is warning the nations that Putin has been planning World War 3 for the past decade. Speaking to a conference in Lithuania, the former presidential adviser Andrey Illarionov said the invasion of Ukraine and the takeover of Crimea was always in the cards with Putin wanting to spark a major conflict in the Baltic region.
The adviser spoke of Putin not believing the Ukraine was a country but a state that originally belonged to Russia. He also sees Poland, Hungary and Romania in the same light which begs to question does he have his sights set on those countries as well?
It was Andrei Piontkovsky, a Russian political analyst and frequent Kremlin critic, who first suggested the theory, last August, that Putin’s plan for the Baltics was more sophisticated, and more calculated, than anybody realized.
If this speech represents Steve Bannon’s level of knowledge, then we can expect a sewer rat to give a speech to the world and get away with it. This man doesn’t seem to know, or want to say the truth, that Talmudic followers have been, since the time of Christ, fierce enemies of Christianity. This is basic knowledge f one pretends to understand how humanity got to this level of chaos. Bannon talks about “Judeo-Christian foundation”. There is no “Judeo-Christian foundation”, this proves his ignorance or bad intentions. There is only the foundation of Christianity because Judaism is a form of Satanism, nothing more. They have no God, their god is their man-made laws, they rejected God’s Law and Christ. Jews do not follow God, so they do not follow Christ.
The level of confusion and lack of knowledge is astonishing! Of course, the Pope would not correct him, because we all know what the so-called Pope stands for and it is not Christ. If someone like Bannon will be advising Trump, then the world is doomed. Trump has a high level of ignorance and he needs to be surrounded by people with knowledge, not amateurs of such low level.
Well before victories for Brexit and Trump seemed possible, Bannon declared there was a “global tea party movement” and praised European far-right parties like Great Britain’s UKIP and France’s National Front. Bannon also suggested that a racist element in far-right parties “all gets kind of washed out,” that the West was facing a “crisis of capitalism” after losing its “Judeo-Christian foundation,” and he blasted “crony capitalists” in Washington for failing to prosecute bank executives over the financial crisis.
The remarks — beamed into a small conference room in a 15th-century marble palace in a secluded corner of the Vatican — were part of a 50-minute Q&A during a conference focused on poverty hosted by the Human Dignity Institute, which BuzzFeed News attended as part of its coverage of the rise of Europe’s religious right. The group was founded by Benjamin Harnwell, a longtime aide to Conservative member of the European Parliament Nirj Deva to promote a “Christian voice” in European politics. The group has ties to some of the most conservative factions inside the Catholic Church; Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most vocal critics of Pope Francis who was ousted from a senior Vatican position in 2014, is chair of the group’s advisory board.
BuzzFeed News originally posted a transcript beginning 90 seconds into the then-Breitbart News chairman’s remarks because microphone placement made the opening mostly unintelligible, but we have completed the transcript from a video of the talk on YouTube. You can hear the whole recording at the bottom of the post.
Here is what he said, unedited:
Steve Bannon: Thank you very much Benjamin, and I appreciate you guys including us in this. We’re speaking from Los Angeles today, right across the street from our headquarters in Los Angeles. Um. I want to talk about wealth creation and what wealth creation really can achieve and maybe take it in a slightly different direction because I believe the world, and particularly the Judeo-Christian west, is in a crisis. And it’s really the organizing principle of how we built Breitbart News to really be a platform to bring news and information to people throughout the world. Principally in the west, but we’re expanding internationally to let people understand the depths of this crisis, and it is a crisis both of capitalism but really of the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian west in our beliefs.
It’s ironic, I think, that we’re talking today at exactly, tomorrow, 100 years ago, at the exact moment we’re talking, the assassination took place in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that led to the end of the Victorian era and the beginning of the bloodiest century in mankind’s history. Just to put it in perspective, with the assassination that took place 100 years ago tomorrow in Sarajevo, the world was at total peace. There was trade, there was globalization, there was technological transfer, the High Church of England and the Catholic Church and the Christian faith was predominant throughout Europe of practicing Christians. Seven weeks later, I think there were 5 million men in uniform and within 30 days there were over a million casualties.
That war triggered a century of barbaric — unparalleled in mankind’s history — virtually 180 to 200 million people were killed in the 20th century, and I believe that, you know, hundreds of years from now when they look back, we’re children of that: We’re children of that barbarity. This will be looked at almost as a new Dark Age.
But the thing that got us out of it, the organizing principle that met this, was not just the heroism of our people — whether it was French resistance fighters, whether it was the Polish resistance fighters, or it’s the young men from Kansas City or the Midwest who stormed the beaches of Normandy, commandos in England that fought with the Royal Air Force, that fought this great war, really the Judeo-Christian West versus atheists, right? The underlying principle is an enlightened form of capitalism, that capitalism really gave us the wherewithal. It kind of organized and built the materials needed to support, whether it’s the Soviet Union, England, the United States, and eventually to take back continental Europe and to beat back a barbaric empire in the Far East.
That capitalism really generated tremendous wealth. And that wealth was really distributed among a middle class, a rising middle class, people who come from really working-class environments and created what we really call a Pax Americana. It was many, many years and decades of peace. And I believe we’ve come partly off track in the years since the fall of the Soviet Union and we’re starting now in the 21st century, which I believe, strongly, is a crisis both of our church, a crisis of our faith, a crisis of the West, a crisis of capitalism.
“I believe we’ve come partly offtrack in the years since the fall of the Soviet Union and we’re starting now in the 21st century, which I believe, strongly, is a crisis both of our church, a crisis of our faith, a crisis of the West, a crisis of capitalism.”
<p>And we’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.</p>
<p>Now, what I mean by that specifically: I think that you’re seeing three kinds of converging tendencies: One is a form of capitalism that is taken away from the underlying spiritual and moral foundations of Christianity and, really, Judeo-Christian belief.</p>
<p>I see that every day. I’m a very practical, pragmatic capitalist. I was trained at Goldman Sachs, I went to Harvard Business School, I was as hard-nosed a capitalist as you get. I specialized in media, in investing in media companies, and it’s a very, very tough environment. And you’ve had a fairly good track record. So I don’t want this to kinda sound namby-pamby, “Let’s all hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’ around capitalism.”</p>
<p>But there’s a strand of capitalism today — two strands of it, that are very disturbing.</p>
<p>One is state-sponsored capitalism. And that’s the capitalism you see in China and Russia. I believe it’s what Holy Father [Pope Francis] has seen for most of his life in places like Argentina, where you have this kind of crony capitalism of people that are involved with these military powers-that-be in the government, and it forms a brutal form of capitalism that is really about creating wealth and creating value for a very small subset of people. And it doesn’t spread the tremendous value creation throughout broader distribution patterns that were seen really in the 20th century.</p>
<p>The second form of capitalism that I feel is almost as disturbing, is what I call the Ayn Rand or the Objectivist School of libertarian capitalism. And, look, I’m a big believer in a lot of libertarianism. I have many many friends that’s a very big part of the conservative movement — whether it’s the UKIP movement in England, it’s many of the underpinnings of the populist movement in Europe, and particularly in the United States.</p>
<p>However, that form of capitalism is quite different when you really look at it to what I call the “enlightened capitalism” of the Judeo-Christian West. It is a capitalism that really looks to make people commodities, and to objectify people, and to use them almost — as many of the precepts of Marx — and that is a form of capitalism, particularly to a younger generation [that] they’re really finding quite attractive. And if they don’t see another alternative, it’s going to be an alternative that they gravitate to under this kind of rubric of “personal freedom.”</p>
“Look at what’s happening in ISIS … look at the sophistication of which they’ve taken the tools of capitalism … at what they’ve done with Twitter and Facebook.”
<p>The other tendency is an immense secularization of the West. And I know we’ve talked about secularization for a long time, but if you look at younger people, especially millennials under 30, the overwhelming drive of popular culture is to absolutely secularize this rising iteration.</p>
<p>Now that call converges with something we have to face, and it’s a very unpleasant topic, but we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, I think, metastasizing far quicker than governments can handle it.</p>
<p>If you look at what’s happening in ISIS, which is the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, that is now currently forming the caliphate that is having a military drive on Baghdad, if you look at the sophistication of which they’ve taken the tools of capitalism. If you look at what they’ve done with Twitter and Facebook and modern ways to fundraise, and to use crowdsourcing to fund, besides all the access to weapons, over the last couple days they have had a radical program of taking kids and trying to turn them into bombers. They have driven 50,000 Christians out of a town near the Kurdish border. We have video that we’re putting up later today on Breitbart where they’ve took 50 hostages and thrown them off a cliff in Iraq.</p>
<p>That war is expanding and it’s metastasizing to sub-Saharan Africa. We have Boko Haram and other groups that will eventually partner with ISIS in this global war, and it is, unfortunately, something that we’re going to have to face, and we’re going to have to face very quickly.</p>
<p>So I think the discussion of, should we put a cap on wealth creation and distribution? It’s something that should be at the heart of every Christian that is a capitalist — “What is the purpose of whatever I’m doing with this wealth? What is the purpose of what I’m doing with the ability that God has given us, that divine providence has given us to actually be a creator of jobs and a creator of wealth?”</p>
<p>I think it really behooves all of us to really take a hard look and make sure that we are reinvesting that back into positive things. But also to make sure that we understand that we’re at the very beginning stages of a global conflict, and if we do not bind together as partners with others in other countries that this conflict is only going to metastasize.</p>
<p>They have a Twitter account up today, ISIS does, about turning the United States into a “river of blood” if it comes in and tries to defend the city of Baghdad. And trust me, that is going to come to Europe. That is going to come to Central Europe, it’s going to come to Western Europe, it’s going to come to the United Kingdom. And so I think we are in a crisis of the underpinnings of capitalism, and on top of that we’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism.</p>
“With all the baggage that those [right-wing] groups bring — and trust me, a lot of them bring a lot of baggage, both ethnically and racially— but we think that will all be worked through with time.”
<p><b>Benjamin Harnwell, Human Dignity Institute:</b> Thank you, Steve. That was a fascinating, fascinating overview. I am particularly struck by your argument, then, that in fact, capitalism would spread around the world based on the Judeo-Christian foundation is, in fact, something that can create peace through peoples rather than antagonism, which is often a point not sufficiently appreciated. Before I turn behind me to take a question —</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> One thing I want to make sure of, if you look at the leaders of capitalism at that time, when capitalism was I believe at its highest flower and spreading its benefits to most of mankind, almost all of those capitalists were strong believers in the Judeo-Christian West. They were either active participants in the Jewish faith, they were active participants in the Christians’ faith, and they took their beliefs, and the underpinnings of their beliefs was manifested in the work they did. And I think that’s incredibly important and something that would really become unmoored. I can see this on Wall Street today — I can see this with the securitization of everything is that, everything is looked at as a securitization opportunity. People are looked at as commodities. I don’t believe that our forefathers had that same belief.</p>
<p><b>Harnwell:</b> Over the course of this conference we’ve heard from various points of view regarding alleviation of poverty. We’ve heard from the center-left perspective, we’ve heard from the socialist perspective, we’ve heard from the Christian democrat, if you will, perspective. What particularly interests me about your point of view Steve, to talk specifically about your work, Breitbart is very close to the tea party movement. So I’m just wondering whether you could tell me about if in the current flow of contemporary politics — first tell us a little bit about Breitbart, what the mission is, and then tell me about the reach that you have and then could you say a little bit about the current dynamic of what’s going on at the moment in the States.</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> Outside of Fox News and the Drudge Report, we’re the third-largest conservative news site and, quite frankly, we have a bigger global reach than even Fox. And that’s why we’re expanding so much internationally.</p>
<p>Look, we believe — strongly — that there is a global tea party movement. We’ve seen that. We were the first group to get in and start reporting on things like UKIP and Front National and other center right. With all the baggage that those groups bring — and trust me, a lot of them bring a lot of baggage, both ethnically and racially — but we think that will all be worked through with time.</p>
<p>The central thing that binds that all together is a center-right populist movement of really the middle class, the working men and women in the world who are just tired of being dictated to by what we call the party of Davos. A group of kind of — we’re not conspiracy-theory guys, but there’s certainly — and I could see this when I worked at Goldman Sachs — there are people in New York that feel closer to people in London and in Berlin than they do to people in Kansas and in Colorado, and they have more of this elite mentality that they’re going to dictate to everybody how the world’s going to be run.</p>
<p>I will tell you that the working men and women of Europe and Asia and the United States and Latin America don’t believe that. They believe they know what’s best for how they will comport their lives. They think they know best about how to raise their families and how to educate their families. So I think you’re seeing a global reaction to centralized government, whether that government is in Beijing or that government is in Washington, DC, or that government is in Brussels. So we are the platform for the voice of that.</p>
“Putin’s … very, very very intelligent. I can see this in the United States where he’s playing very strongly to social conservatives about his message about more traditional values, so I think it’s something that we have to be very much on guard of.”
<p>Now, with that, we are strong capitalists. And we believe in the benefits of capitalism. And, particularly, the harder-nosed the capitalism, the better. However, like I said, there’s two strands of capitalism that we’re quite concerned about.</p>
<p>One is crony capitalism, or what we call state-controlled capitalism, and that’s the big thing the tea party is fighting in the United States, and really the tea party’s biggest fight is not with the left, because we’re not there yet. The biggest fight the tea party has today is just like UKIP. UKIP’s biggest fight is with the Conservative Party.</p>
<p>The tea party in the United States’ biggest fight is with the the Republican establishment, which is really a collection of crony capitalists that feel that they have a different set of rules of how they’re going to comport themselves and how they’re going to run things. And, quite frankly, it’s the reason that the United States’ financial situation is so dire, particularly our balance sheet. We have virtually a hundred trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities. That is all because you’ve had this kind of crony capitalism in Washington, DC. The rise of Breitbart is directly tied to being the voice of that center-right opposition. And, quite frankly, we’re winning many, many victories.</p>
<p>On the social conservative side, we’re the voice of the anti-abortion movement, the voice of the traditional marriage movement, and I can tell you we’re winning victory after victory after victory. Things are turning around as people have a voice and have a platform of which they can use.</p>
<p><b>Harnwell:</b> The third-largest conservative news website is something to be extremely impressed by. Can you tell for the people here who aren’t within the Anglosphere and they might not follow American domestic politics at the moment — there seems to be a substantial sea change going on at the moment in Middle America. And the leader of the majority party, Eric Cantor, was deselected a couple of weeks ago by a tea party candidate. What does that mean for the state of domestic politics in America at the moment?</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> For everybody in your audience, this is one of the most monumental — first off, it’s the biggest election upset in the history of the American republic. Eric Cantor was the House majority leader and raised $10 million. He spent, between himself and outside groups, $8 million to hold a congressional district. He ran against a professor who was an evangelical Christian and a libertarian economist. He ran against a professor who raised in total $175,000. In fact, the bills from Eric Cantor’s campaign at a elitesteak house in Washington, DC, was over $200,000. So they spent more than $200,000 over the course of the campaign wining and dining fat cats at a steak house in Washington than the entire opposition had to run.</p>
<p>Now, Eric Cantor, it was a <a href=”https://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/how-the-right-wing-celebrated-eric-cantors-defeat”>landslide</a>. He lost 57-43, and not one — outside of Breitbart, we covered this for six months, day in and day out — not one news site — not Fox News, not Politico, no sites picked this up. And the reason that this guy won is quite simple: Middle-class people and working-class people are tired of people like Eric Cantor who say they’re conservative selling out their interests every day to crony capitalists.</p>
“That center-right revolt is really a global revolt. I think you’re going to see it in Latin America, I think you’re going to see it in Asia, I think you’ve already seen it in India.”
<p>And you’re seeing that whether that was UKIP and Nigel Farage in the United Kingdom, whether it’s these groups in the Low Countries in Europe, whether it’s in France, there’s a new tea party in Germany. The theme is all the same. And the theme is middle-class and working-class people — they’re saying, “Hey, I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked. I’m getting less benefits than I’m ever getting through this, I’m incurring less wealth myself, and I’m seeing a system of fat cats who say they’re conservative and say they back capitalist principles, but all they’re doing is binding with corporatists.” Right? Corporatists, to garner all the benefits for themselves.</p>
<p>And that center-right revolt is really a global revolt. I think you’re going to see it in Latin America, I think you’re going to see it in Asia, I think you’ve already seen it in India. Modi’s great victory was very much based on these Reaganesque principles, so I think this is a global revolt, and we are very fortunate and proud to be the news site that is reporting that throughout the world.</p>
<p><b>Harnwell:</b> I think it’s important to understand the distinction that you’re drawing here between what can be understood as authentic, free-market capitalism as a means of promoting wealth that [<i>unintelligible</i>] involves everybody with a form of crony capitalism which simply benefits a certain class. And we’ve watched over the course of our conference, we’ve watched two video segments produced by the Acton Institute about how development aid is spent internationally and how that can be driven away from — it damages people on the ground but it also perpetuates a governing class. And the point that you’re mentioning here, that I think that you’re saying has driven almost a revolution movement in America, is the same phenomenon of what’s going on in the developing world, which is a concept of government which is no longer doing what it is morally bound to do but has become corrupt and self-serving. So it’s effectively the sa—</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> It’s exactly the same. Currently, if you read <i>The Economist</i>, you read the <i>Financial Times</i> this week, you’ll see there’s a relatively obscure agency in the federal government that is engaged in a huge fight that may lead to a government shutdown. It’s called the Export-Import Bank. And for years, it was a bank that helped finance things that other banks wouldn’t do. And what’s happening over time is that it’s metastasized to be a cheap form of financing to General Electric and to Boeing and to other large corporations. You get this financing from other places if they wanted to, but they’re putting this onto the middle-class taxpayers to support this.</p>
“I’m not an expert in this, but it seems that [right-wing parties] have had some aspects that may be anti-Semitic or racial … My point is that over time it all gets kind of washed out, right?”
<p>And the tea party is using this as an example of the cronyism. General Electric and these major corporations that are in bed with the federal government are not what we’d consider free-enterprise capitalists. We’re backers of entrepreneurial capitalists. They’re not. They’re what we call corporatist. They want to have more and more monopolistic power and they’re doing that kind of convergence with big government. And so the fight here — and that’s why the media’s been very late to this party — but the fight you’re seeing is between entrepreneur capitalism, and the Acton Institute is a tremendous supporter of, and the people like the corporatists that are closer to the people like we think in Beijing and Moscow than they are to the entrepreneurial capitalist spirit of the United States.</p>
<p><b>Harnwell:</b> Thanks, Steve. I’m going to turn around now, as I’m sure we have some great questions from the floor. Who has the first question then?</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> First of all, Benjamin, I can tell you I could hardly recognize you, you’re so cleaned up you are for the conference.</p>
<p><b>Questioner:</b> Hello, my name is Deborah Lubov. I’m a Vatican correspondent for Zenit news agency, for their English edition. I have some experience working in New York — I was working for PricewaterhouseCoopers auditing investment banks, one of which was Goldman Sachs. And considering this conference is on poverty, I’m curious — from your point of view especially, your experience in the investment banking world — what concrete measures do you think they should be doing to combat, prevent this phenomenon? We know that various sums of money are used in all sorts of ways and they do have different initiatives, but in order to concretely counter this epidemic now, what are your thoughts?</p>
“For Christians, and particularly for those who believe in the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian West, I don’t believe that we should have a [financial] bailout.”
<p><b>Bannon:</b> That’s a great question. The 2008 crisis, I think the financial crisis — which, by the way, I don’t think we’ve come through — is really driven I believe by the greed, much of it driven by the greed of the investment banks. My old firm, Goldman Sachs — traditionally the best banks are leveraged 8:1. When we had the financial crisis in 2008, the investment banks were leveraged 35:1. Those rules had specifically been changed by a guy named Hank Paulson. He was secretary of Treasury. As chairman of Goldman Sachs, he had gone to Washington years before and asked for those changes. That made the banks not really investment banks, but made them hedge funds — and highly susceptible to changes in liquidity. And so the crisis of 2008 was, quite frankly, really never recovered from in the United States. It’s one of the reasons last quarter you saw 2.9% negative growth in a quarter. So the United States economy is in very, very tough shape.</p>
<p>And one of the reasons is that we’ve never really gone and dug down and sorted through the problems of 2008. Particularly the fact — think about it — not one criminal charge has ever been brought to any bank executive associated with 2008 crisis. And in fact, it gets worse. No bonuses and none of their equity was taken. So part of the prime drivers of the wealth that they took in the 15 years leading up to the crisis was not hit at all, and I think that’s one of the fuels of this populist revolt that we’re seeing as the tea party. So I think there are many, many measures, particularly about getting the banks on better footing, making them address all the liquid assets they have. I think you need a real clean-up of the banks balance sheets.</p>
<p>In addition, I think you really need to go back and make banks do what they do: Commercial banks lend money, and investment banks invest in entrepreneurs and to get away from this trading — you know, the hedge fund securitization, which they’ve all become basically trading operations and securitizations and not put capital back and really grow businesses and to grow the economy. So I think it’s a whole area that just — and I will tell you, the underpinning of this populist revolt is the financial crisis of 2008. That revolt, the way that it was dealt with, the way that the people who ran the banks and ran the hedge funds have never really been held accountable for what they did, has fueled much of the anger in the tea party movement in the United States.</p>
<p><b>Questioner:</b> Thank you.</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> Great question.</p>
<p><b>Questioner:</b> Hello, Mr. Bannon. I’m <a href=”http://www.europeandignitywatch.org/about-us/board-of-directors.html”>Mario Fantini</a>, a Vermonter living in Vienna, Austria. You began describing some of the trends you’re seeing worldwide, very dangerous trends, worry trends. Another movement that I’ve been seeing grow and spread in Europe, unfortunately, is what can only be described as tribalist or neo-nativist movement — they call themselves Identitarians. These are mostly young, working-class, populist groups, and they’re teaching self-defense classes, but also they are arguing against — and quite effectively, I might add — against capitalism and global financial institutions, etc. How do we counteract this stuff? Because they’re appealing to a lot of young people at a very visceral level, especially with the ethnic and racial stuff.</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> I didn’t hear the whole question, about the tribalist?</p>
“One of the committees in Congress said to the Justice Department, 35 [bank] executives, I believe, that they should have criminal indictments against — not one of those has ever been followed up on.”
<p><b>Questioner:</b> Very simply put, there’s a growing movement among young people here in Europe, in France and in Austria and elsewhere, and they’re arguing very effectively against Wall Street institutions and they’re also appealing to people on an ethnic and racial level. And I was just wondering what you would recommend to counteract these movements, which are growing.</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> One of the reasons that you can understand how they’re being fueled is that they’re not seeing the benefits of capitalism. I mean particularly — and I think it’s particularly more advanced in Europe than it is in the United States, but in the United States it’s getting pretty advanced — is that when you have this kind of crony capitalism, you have a different set of rules for the people that make the rules. It’s this partnership of big government and corporatists. I think it starts to fuel, particularly as you start to see negative job creation. If you go back, in fact, and look at the United States’ GDP, you look at a bunch of Europe. If you take out government spending, you know, we’ve had negative growth on a real basis for over a decade.</p>
<p>And that all trickles down to the man in the street. If you look at people’s lives, and particularly millennials, look at people under 30 — people under 30, there’s 50% really under employment of people in the United States, which is probably the most advanced economy in the West, and it gets worse in Europe.</p>
<p>I think in Spain it’s something like 50 or 60% of the youth under 30 are underemployed. And that means the decade of their twenties, which is where you have to learn a skill, where you have to learn a craft, where you really start to get comfortable in your profession, you’re taking that away from the entire generation. That’s only going to fuel tribalism, that’s only going to fuel [<i>unintelligible</i>]… That’s why to me, it’s incumbent upon freedom-loving people to make sure that we sort out these governments and make sure that we sort out particularly this crony capitalism so that the benefits become more of this entrepreneurial spirit and that can flow back to working-class and middle-class people. Because if not, we’re going to pay a huge price for this. You can already start to see it.</p>
<p><b>Questioner:</b> I have a question, because you worked on Wall Street. What is the opinion there on whether they think bank bailouts are justified? Is there a Christian-centered [<i>unintelligible</i>] that they think should be bailed out? The crisis starts earlier than 2008. What was the precedent then? What was the feeling on Wall Street when they bailed out the banks? How should Christians feel about advocating or being against that?</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> I think one is about responsibility. For Christians, and particularly for those who believe in the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian West, I don’t believe that we should have a bailout. I think the bailouts in 2008 were wrong. And I think, you look in hindsight, it was a lot of misinformation that was presented about the bailouts of the banks in the West.</p>
<p>And look at the [<i>unintelligible</i>] it. Middle-class taxpayers, people that are working-class people, right, people making incomes under $50,000 and $60,000, it was the burden of those taxpayers, right, that bailed out the elites. And let’s think about it for a second. Here’s how capitalism metastasized, is that all the burdens put on the working-class people who get none of the upside. All of the upside goes to the crony capitalists.</p>
<p>The bailouts were absolutely outrageous, and here’s why: It bailed out a group of shareholders and executives who were specifically accountable. The shareholders were accountable for one simple reason: They allowed this to go wrong without changing management. And the management team of this. And we know this now from congressional investigations, we know it from independent investigations, this is not some secret conspiracy. This is kind of in plain sight.</p>
<p>In fact, one of the committees in Congress said to the Justice Department 35 executives, I believe, that they should have criminal indictments against — not one of those has ever been followed up on. Because even with the Democrats, right, in power, there’s a sense between the law firms, and the accounting firms, and the investment banks, and their stooges on Capitol Hill, they looked the other way.</p>
<p>So you can understand why middle-class people having a tough go of it making $50 or $60 thousand a year and see their taxes go up, and they see that their taxes are going to pay for government sponsored bailouts, what you’ve created is really a free option. You say to this investment banking, create a free option for bad behavior. In otherwise all the upside goes to the hedge funds and the investment bank, and to the crony capitalist with stock increases and bonus increases. And their downside is limited, because middle-class people are going to come and bail them out with tax dollars.</p>
<p>And that’s what I think is fueling this populist revolt. Whether that revolt is in the midlands of England, or whether it’s in Middle America. And I think people are fed up with it.</p>
<p>And I think that’s why you’re seeing — when you read the media says, “tea party is losing, losing elections,” that is all BS. The elections we don’t win, we’re forcing those crony capitalists to come and admit that they’re not going to do this again. The whole narrative in Washington has been changed by this populist revolt that we call the grassroots of the tea party movement.</p>
<p>And it’s specifically because those bailouts were completely and totally unfair. It didn’t make those financial institutions any stronger, and it bailed out a bunch of people — by the way, and these are people that have all gone to Yale, and Harvard, they went to the finest institutions in the West. They should have known better.</p>
<p>And by the way: It’s all the institutions of the accounting firms, the law firms, the investment banks, the consulting firms, the elite of the elite, the educated elite, they understood what they were getting into, forcibly took all the benefits from it and then look to the government, went hat in hand to the government to be bailed out. And they’ve never been held accountable today. Trust me — they are going to be held accountable. You’re seeing this populist movement called the tea party in the United States.</p>
<p><b>Harnwell:</b> Okay, I think we’ve got time for just one or two more questions for Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of Breitbart Media, third-largest news organization in the States. I know you’re a very, very busy man, so we’re very grateful for the time that you’ve agreed to put aside for this, to close this conference.</p>
“I certainly think secularism has sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals, right?”
<p><b>Bannon:</b> I’m never too busy to share with a group that can do as much good as you guys can.</p>
<p><b>Questioner:</b> What do you think is the major threat today, to the Judeo-Christian Civilization? Secularism, or the Muslim world? In my humble opinion, they’re just trying to defend themselves from our cultural invasion. Thank you.</p>
<p>[<i>Question restated by Harnwell</i>]</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> It’s a great question. I certainly think secularism has sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals, right?</p>
<p>If you go back to your home countries and your proponent of the defense of the Judeo-Christian West and its tenets, often times, particularly when you deal with the elites, you’re looked at as someone who is quite odd. So it has kind of sapped the strength.</p>
<p>But I strongly believe that whatever the causes of the current drive to the caliphate was — and we can debate them, and people can try to deconstruct them — we have to face a very unpleasant fact: And that unpleasant fact is that there is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global. It’s going global in scale, and today’s technology, today’s media, today’s access to weapons of mass destruction, it’s going to lead to a global conflict that I believe has to be confronted today. Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it is, and the scale of it, and really the viciousness of it, will be a day where you will rue that we didn’t act [<i>unintelligible</i>].</p>
“The way that the people who ran the banks and ran the hedge funds have never really been held accountable for what they did has fueled much of the anger in the tea party movement in the United States.”
<p><b>Questioner:</b> Thank you very much. I’m [<i>unintelligible</i>]. I come from Slovakia. This is actually the source of my two very quick questions. Thank you very much for the work that you do to promote the Judeo-Christian values in the world. I really appreciate it, and I also feel that the danger is very high. I have two minor questions, because you have mentioned, in terms of UKIP and Front National [<i>unintelligible</i>]. From the European perspective, listening to the language which has become more and more radical from these two parties, especially before the European Parliament elections, I’m just wondering what are your plans on how to help these partners from Europe to maybe focus on the value issues and not with populist? And also it goes in terms — you have mentioned the involvement of state in capitalism as one of the big dangers. But these two parties you’ve mentioned, they actually have close ties with Putin, who is the promoter of this big danger, so I’d like to know your thoughts about this and how you’re going to deal with it.</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> Could you summarize that for me?</p>
<p><b>Harnwell:</b> The first question was, you’d reference the Front National and UKIP as having elements that are tinged with the racial aspect amidst their voter profile, and the questioner was asking how you intend to deal with that aspect.</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> I don’t believe I said UKIP in that. I was really talking about the parties on the continent, Front National and other European parties.</p>
<p>I’m not an expert in this, but it seems that they have had some aspects that may be anti-Semitic or racial. By the way, even in the tea party, we have a broad movement like this, and we’ve been criticized, and they try to make the tea party as being racist, etc., which it’s not. But there’s always elements who turn up at these things, whether it’s militia guys or whatever. Some that are fringe organizations. My point is that over time it all gets kind of washed out, right? People understand what pulls them together, and the people on the margins I think get marginalized more and more.</p>
<p>I believe that you’ll see this in the center-right populist movement in continental Europe. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with UKIP, and I can say to you that I’ve never seen anything at all with UKIP that even comes close to that. I think they’ve done a very good job of policing themselves to really make sure that people including the British National Front and others were not included in the party, and I think you’ve seen that also with tea party groups, where some people would show up and were kind of marginal members of the tea party, and the tea party did a great job of policing themselves early on. And I think that’s why when you hear charges of racism against the tea party, it doesn’t stick with the American people, because they really understand.</p>
<p>I think when you look at any kind of revolution — and this is a revolution — you always have some groups that are disparate. I think that will all burn away over time and you’ll see more of a mainstream center-right populist movement.</p>
“Because at the end of the day, I think that Putin and his cronies are really a kleptocracy, that are really an imperialist power that want to expand.”
<p><b>Question:</b> Obviously, before the European elections the two parties had a clear link to Putin. If one of the representatives of the dangers of capitalism is the state involvement in capitalism, so, I see there, also Marine Le Pen campaigning in Moscow with Putin, and also UKIP strongly defending Russian positions in geopolitical terms.</p>
<p>[<i>Harnwell restates, but</i><i>unintelligible</i>]</p>
<p><b>Harnwell:</b> These two parties have both been cultivating President Putin [<i>unintelligible</i>].</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> I think it’s a little bit more complicated. When Vladimir Putin, when you really look at some of the underpinnings of some of his beliefs today, a lot of those come from what I call Eurasianism; he’s got an adviser who harkens back to Julius Evola and different writers of the early 20th century who are really the supporters of what’s called the traditionalist movement, which really eventually metastasized into Italian fascism. A lot of people that are traditionalists are attracted to that.</p>
<p>One of the reasons is that they believe that at least Putin is standing up for traditional institutions, and he’s trying to do it in a form of nationalism — and I think that people, particularly in certain countries, want to see the sovereignty for their country, they want to see nationalism for their country. They don’t believe in this kind of pan-European Union or they don’t believe in the centralized government in the United States. They’d rather see more of a states-based entity that the founders originally set up where freedoms were controlled at the local level.</p>
“You’re seeing a global reaction to centralized government, whether that government is in Beijing or that government is in Washington, DC, or that government is in Brussels. So we are the platform for the voice of that.”
<p>I’m not justifying Vladimir Putin and the kleptocracy that he represents, because he eventually is the state capitalist of kleptocracy. However, we the Judeo-Christian West really have to look at what he’s talking about as far as traditionalism goes — particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism — and I happen to think that the individual sovereignty of a country is a good thing and a strong thing. I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors, and that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward.</p>
<p>You know, Putin’s been quite an interesting character. He’s also very, very, very intelligent. I can see this in the United States where he’s playing very strongly to social conservatives about his message about more traditional values, so I think it’s something that we have to be very much on guard of. Because at the end of the day, I think that Putin and his cronies are really a kleptocracy, that are really an imperialist power that want to expand. However, I really believe that in this current environment, where you’re facing a potential new caliphate that is very aggressive that is really a situation — I’m not saying we can put it on a back burner — but I think we have to deal with first things first.</p>
<p><b>Questioner:</b> One of my questions has to do with how the West should be responding to radical Islam. How, specifically, should we as the West respond to Jihadism without losing our own soul? Because we can win the war and lose ourselves at the same time. How should the West respond to radical Islam and not lose itself in the process?</p>
<p><b>Bannon:</b> From a perspective — this may be a little more militant than others. I think definitely you’re going to need an aspect that is [<i>unintelligible</i>]. I believe you should take a very, very, very aggressive stance against radical Islam. And I realize there are other aspects that are not as militant and not as aggressive and that’s fine.</p>
<p>If you look back at the long history of the Judeo-Christian West struggle against Islam, I believe that our forefathers kept their stance, and I think they did the right thing. I think they kept it out of the world, whether it was at Vienna, or Tours, or other places… It bequeathed to use the great institution that is the church of the West.</p>
<p>And I would ask everybody in the audience today, because you really are the movers and drivers and shakers and thought leaders in the Catholic Church today, is to think, when people 500 years from now are going to think about today, think about the actions you’ve taken — and I believe everyone associated with the church and associated with the Judeo-Christian West that believes in the underpinnings of that and believes in the precepts of that and want to see that bequeathed to other generations down the road as it was bequeathed to us, particularly as you’re in a city like Rome, and in a place like the Vatican, see what’s been bequeathed to us — ask yourself, 500 years from today, what are they going to say about me? What are they going to say about what I did at the beginning stages of this crisis?</p>
<p>Because it is a crisis, and it’s not going away. You don’t have to take my word for it. All you have to do is read the news every day, see what’s coming up, see what they’re putting on Twitter, what they’re putting on Facebook, see what’s on CNN, what’s on BBC. See what’s happening, and you will see we’re in a war of immense proportions. It’s very easy to play to our baser instincts, and we can’t do that. But our forefathers didn’t do it either. And they were able to stave this off, and they were able to defeat it, and they were able to bequeath to us a church and a civilization that really is the flower of mankind, so I think it’s incumbent on all of us to do what I call a gut check, to really think about what our role is in this battle that’s before us.</p>
Bannon during his speech referred to Russia as an “imperialist power.” A transcription error in a previous version of this story had Bannon referring to Russia as a “perilous” power. Nov. 15, 2016, at 6:27 p.m.
Bannon and Harnwell refer to the Acton Institute, a free-market think tank based in the United States. This was mistakenly transcribed as Aspen Institute, a different think tank, in a previous version of this story. Nov. 16, 2016, at 11:24 a.m.
Bannon says in the recording that the West in the “very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict.” A previous version of this story read “end stages,” due to a transcription error. Nov. 16, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” />
Max Fisher Vox: The prospect of a major war, even a nuclear war, in Europe has become thinkable, experts warn, even plausible.
Widely considered both an influential leader and an unofficial interpreter of Russia’s foreign policy establishment, Fyodor Lukyanov is chief of Russia’s most important foreign policy think tank reflecting the state and its worldview. He is known to be close to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. I interviewed Lukyanov. When the discussion turned to the risks of war, he grew dire: “There is a growing concern within Moscow’s foreign policy elite.
Regular Russian people don’t desire war, but rather feared it would become necessary to defend against the implacably hostile United States.
“The perception is that somebody would try to undermine Russia as a country that opposes the United States, and then we will need to defend ourselves by military means,” he explained.
Such fears, vague but existential, are everywhere in Moscow. For most Americans, such predictions sound improbable, even silly. But the dangers and the warnings are growing every week.
The story of that war, if anyone is still around to tell it, will begin with Russian President Vladimir Putin trying to solve a problem: Putin’s Russia is weak. It can no longer stand toe to toe with the US. It no longer has Europe divided in a stalemate; rather, it sees the continent as dominated by an ever-encroaching anti-Russian alliance. This is made more urgent for Putin by his political problems at home. In 2012, during his reelection, popular protests (instigated by the US/Soros) and accusations of fraud weakened his sense of political legitimacy. The problem worsened with Russia’s 2014 economic collapse.
Putin’s answer has been to assert Russian power beyond its actual strength — and, in the process, to recast himself as a national hero guarding against foreign enemies.
Knowing his military is outmatched against the Americans, he is blurring the distinction between war and peace, deploying tactics that exist in, and thus widen, the gray between: militia violence, propaganda, cyberattacks, under a new rubric the Russian military sometimes calls “hybrid war.”
I have previously compared Prussia´s Otto von Bismarck with Putin – and Bismarck´s puppet (in the 19. century, at least) Kaiser Wilhelm II.
He believes the West will ultimately yield to his superior will. To solve the problem of Russia’s conventional military weakness, he has dramatically lowered the threshold for when he would use nuclear weapons, hoping to terrify the West such that it will bend to avoid conflict. In public speeches, over and over, he references those weapons and his willingness to use them. He has enshrined that a nuclear war could be winnable
Putin is more popular than ever (also among common westners).
Russia’s aggression, born of both a desire to re-engineer a European order that it views as hostile and a sense of existential weakness that justifies drastic measures, makes Putin far more willing to accept the dangers of war.
Joseph S. Nye, former Assistant Defense Secretary and chairman of the US National Intelligence Council confirms this.