White Supremacy In The White House
By Walter Rhett on January 31, 2017 at 5:44 AM
How odd the role of ideas has become in the new
administration! How peculiar they match the logic
and reasons used to express the myths and world
views of white supremacists (dark visions of violence
and carnage, a movement staple) and are now given a
vital role in the US conduct of international affairs.
How strange that no one seems to recognize their basic
flaw: the idea of security is used to defeat the freedom
it is supposed to protect!
This subversive logic is a mainstay of groups and thinkers
grounded in the historic notion of the heritage of European
superiority. Its multiple forms of racism and white privilege
defines all others as threats (not only persons of different
races and religions, but also critics and opponents (“enemies”)
of this dangerous, destructive ideology).
A believer and practitioner of its virulence, Stephen Bannon
intends to do more than challenge tradition. A large, deep network
is behind him for whom he is the point man in power. It is no
accident that his first, focused efforts were to gain influence
in national security, deposing superior officials. (Easy, since
Trump elevates outsiders over experts and experience.) Then in
league with the President, Bannon acts to create an unvetted
executive order, composed in secret, hidden from department heads,
whose action directly expresses a demand of the growing international,
well organized fringe of white supremacy/alt-right faithful:
the power to restrict the movement of target groups, to deny
guaranteed freedoms. Acting on the campaign’s demagoguery and
unsubstantiated appeals to fear, Bannon has seized power,
His acts are not campaign promises; they are next steps.