Steve Bannon is a Leninist. He is also our president’s Chief Strategist. Over night, Steve Bannon has become, arguably, the most important man in the world. He is not our president, but by sculpting our president’s agenda, the far-right conspiracy theorist has just become more important than our president.
When we examine Steve Bannon’s extreme political views, his position of prominence becomes terrifying. He has spent his life spewing anti-government rhetoric and now, he is in control of the American government. All of Steve Bannon’s ideologies are littered across the internet. He was once the head of Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that promotes deranged conspiracy theories. Breitbart is also a vehicle for the alt-right movement, the political belief of the white nationalist.
Be afraid America. Be very afraid.
Donald Trump’s slogan “America First”, was also the name of the pro-Nazi group led by aviator Charles Lindberg. Charles Lindeberg argued that we should not get involved in World War II. If “America First” goes as planned, America will alienate itself from the rest of the world, our nation’s authority will be destroyed, and America will become a totally different nation.
There is no question that Donald Trump is nothing more than a mouth piece for Steve Bannon’s ideology. Which, in turn, makes us ask, what exactly is Steve Bannon’s political identity? Steve Bannon has proudly proclaimed, “I am a Leninist.” The Daily Beast
Wikipedia defines Leninism as the body of political theory for the democratic organisation of a revolutionary vanguard party, and the achievement of a direct democracy dictatorship of the proletariat, as political prelude to the establishment of socialism.
“Lenin,” Steve Bannon said, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” The Daily Beast
Leninism was simply about providing the working class with the political consciousness (education and organisation) and revolutionary leadership necessary to depose capitalism in Imperial Russia. Wikipedia article
It is no coincidence that almost all of Trump’s decisions during the first two weeks of his presidency, have been to weaken the government. This dogma defines Leninists. A few of his nominations might be considered the worst choices for those positions. Analysts have suggested that Trump’s choices are so horrible, it appears as if Trump is trying to destroy the government.
- Secretary of Energy – Rick Perry – He has tried to eliminate the very department he will be in charge of.
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Ben Carson – He has said he does not consider himself qualified for the position.
- Head of Environmental Protection Agency – Scott Pruitt – Climate change denier
- Secretary of Education – Betsy Devos – She has devoted her life to destroying public education.
- Secretary of Labor – Andrew Puzder – Fast food chain CEO, who has opposed raising minimum wage as well as overtime. Chicago Tribune
As Lenin said,“any cook can run the state.”
Lenin understood the power of media. Lenin perceived the newspaper and propaganda to be his most powerful weapons. Making the working class literate was a challenge that Lenin strove to overcome. What good was his propaganda if the people he was trying to control could not read it? A Leninist must have an outlet to spread propaganda.
Equally important, was Lenin’s complete control of all media. There could only be one press disseminating information to the masses.
As if imitating Lenin’s exact messages, Trump has already waged war against the nation’s media. Trump lumps conservative Fox News and MSNBC in the same bag. A Leninist considers all media is bad.
Last week, Steve Bannon said, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
Yes, the person in charge of our government really did say that the media should keep it’s mouth shut. WOW!
One of “Donald’s” first moves was to reorganize the National Security Council, replacing the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with Steve Bannon, a guy who has never held an elected office. This will be a first. Never before in the history of our nation, has a political strategist been a member of the NSC. There is a very good reason for this. The NSC is designed to give the president non-biased advice.
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice calls the move “stone cold crazy.” Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also served under George W. Bush, says the demotions are a “big mistake.”
Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CBS News, “I am worried about the National Security Council. … The appointment of Mr. Bannon is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” McCain added that the “one person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view.” Truthdig article
Donald Trump was inaugurated the same month of the centennial anniversary of the Russian Revolution. In 1917, Lenin’s Bolshevik Party led a bloodless coup of the Russian government. There were a lot of similarities between Trump and Lenin and our country today and Russia 100 years ago. At that time, the Russian economy had been shattered by World War I. Also,Trump’s is a radical faction within the Republican Party, battling opposition from that same party. Lenin fit that same description.
Like Trump, Lenin’s rise to power was very rapid.
Also, like Lenin, foreign powers played a huge role in getting Trump elected. Without Germany’s help, Lenin would never have gained power. At the time, Germany was trying to destabilize Russia, their key opponent of World War I. Germany also funded Pravda, the newspaper that spread Lenin’s propaganda. Without Russia Putin’s cyber warfare, Trump also would unlikely be where he is today.
The two leaders used the same identical message to win loyalty. Lenin appealed to the peasants and the economically oppressed. Likewise, Trump attracted the nation’s poorest. Lenin was right in telling his supporters how Russia, at that time, was devastated because of the war. The Revolution of Russia was for a crippled working class, crushed beneath the government’s might. Trump’s campaign echoed a similar message, while convincing his supporters that America was on a decline – which is not true. America is the richest and most powerful country in the world. QZ article
Trump and Lenin are similar only in image. Trump is not a revolutionist. He is a servant of the top upper class, the same people that a Leninist was fighting. If Trump really cared about his uneducated and poor supporters, then maybe Trump would not have spent his career hiring foreigners. However, Trump would not have been elected had his campaign been all about saving the uber wealthy money. Trump got elected by convincing the masses that he cared about them.