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Ralph Benko: Steve Bannon is fighting for ‘Capitalism with a Conscience’

Excerpt from the American Spectator:

Serious journalists are obligated to also confront Michael Wolff’s exclusive interview with Bannon published in the Hollywood Reporter:

“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he tells me. “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver” — by “we” he means the Trump White House — “we’ll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years. That’s what the Democrats missed.”

Even — maybe especially — Bernie Sanders supporters might well applaud Bannon’s economic philosophy from his Vatican speech:

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.

Why are those who celebrate the skeptical view of Wall Street propounded by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren not giving Steve Bannon a standing ovation? Why have the left and the elite media (but I repeat myself) organized themselves into a lynch mob on Bannon’s persona?

The left has legitimate disputes with Bannon, some serious. I too sometimes do, for instance over tariffs, immigration, and, most crucially, neglect in restoring the monetary policy which history shows to be the safe, real deal, way to restore sizzling job creation and upward income mobility for workers.

Great job creation is the goal about which I, like Bannon, am most passionate. I, a member in good standing of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, am also a dues-paying member of the AFL-CIO. Upward mobility is a value the left also champions.

Read more at the American Spectator:

And the counter-narrative continues! 

The Washington Post’s Jim Hohmann, writing at PowerPost, observes, The crude caricatures obscure [Bannon’s] complex intellectual influences….”

Photo Credit: Don Irvine


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