The attack dogs are out for Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s newly named chief strategist and senior counsellor. The liberal media, smarting over the whipping by Trump, are not going down without a fight. So we have had a full attack by the BBC, especially on the Today programme, claiming Steve Bannon is racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and, God forbid, ‘angry.’
I have not followed Steve Bannon closely, but the following speech is awesome.
I read in full the transcript now doing the rounds on Bannon’s speech to a group of hedge fund managers on Wall Street about how to make more money. Sorry, I got mixed up there, that was Hillary. Bannon was addressing a conference focused on poverty hosted by the Human Dignity Institute at the Vatican. Bannon is Catholic.
In it, Bannon calls out crony capitalism and points out that the only reason Catholics should be interested in capitalism is because it alleviates the poverty of those at the bottom and serves the interests of the working and middle class.
The minute it starts serving the elite, to the detriment of everyone, else it should be challenged. Bannon’s view is that the bailout of the banks was morally wrong. He speaks repeatedly about the foundations of capitalism being rooted in Judeo-Christian principles – something you will not hear anti-Semites say very often.
Bannon: “That capitalism (based on Judeo-Chrisitan principles) 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.”
And again: “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.
“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, last, on what one should do with your wealth: “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?’“
Bannon is equally awesome when it comes to Isis and Islamic extremism. The Left slams Breitbart as racist because it breaks stories, such the rapes in Cologne, which makes multiculturalism very, very awkward for them. Bannon knows this battle against Islamic extremism is a fight that must be won.
“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.”
So do put on your usual filters the next time you hear Bannon and Breitbart being slammed in the media. Remember, the higher you are the greater the fall, and for the liberal media this has been a very steep fall from the moral high ground they have occupied for so long.
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