White Supremacy in The White House

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White Supremacy In The White House

By Walter Rhett on January 31, 2017 at 5:44 AM

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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,

Rasputin awakened.

His acts are not campaign promises; they are next steps.