Saturday, 4 February 2017


In a treatment describing a documentary on a purported Muslim plan to take over America, Stephen Bannon, now President Donald Trump’s top strategic adviser, described the “American Jewish community” as among unwitting “enablers” of jihad. 
Bannon, a former banker who transitioned into a career as an ultranationalist propagandist, culminating in his becoming a top adviser to the Trump campaign, made several right-wing documentaries in the 2000s. 
The Washington Post reported Friday on a 2007 proposal for a documentary that was never made called “The Islamic States of America.” It would be comprised of interviews of people who, like Bannon, believe that the threat posed to the West is broader than Islamist extremist terrorists, embracing an array of Muslim advocacy groups. 
It describes as “enablers among us” – albeit with the “best intentions” — major media outlets, the CIA and FBI, civil liberties groups, “universities and the left” and the “American Jewish Community.” 
It also describes “front groups and disingenuous Muslim Americans who preach reconciliation and dialogue in the open but, behind the scenes, advocate hatred and contempt for the West.” 
Among these named by Bannon as “cultural jihadists” are the Islamic Society of North America, a group that had associations with the Muslim Brotherhood at its founding in the 1960s, but in recent years has worked closely with Jewish groups, including in combating anti-Semitism and raising Holocaust awareness among Muslims.
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And the Jews know that Bannon knows.
In a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Congressman (((Jerry Nadler))) and 50 other congressional Democrats called on the president to remove his political advisor Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. 
“Bannon is dangerous,” Nadler said in a statement about the letter. “As we saw with the recent Muslim ban, Bannon’s views and reckless approach to issues of national importance threaten global security and make America less safe. He does not belong on the Principals Committee of the National Security Council.” 
... Nadler, who represents more Jewish constituents than any other member of Congress, has been a vocal critic of Trump’s Muslim ban, and has called the November election “tainted” and Trump “not legitimate.”
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It's significant, of course, the Bannon's proposed documentary never got made. Be sure also and read this crazy Jewish meditation on the Time cover image: How Time's Bannon cover shows us a stark vision of evil.
Bannon here is a floating head, with floating hands – fitting for a “Great Manipulator.” His body is immaterial to this role – quite simply, the “Great Manipulator” only needs his head to generate his ideas and schemes, and his hands to pull the strings. 
The outsized importance given to the head and hands serves another purpose here – notice the incredibly tight composition of the photograph. Bannon is inescapable, he fills almost the entire frame and outside of him there is nothing. We have nothing else to distract our gaze, we must concentrate entirely on the face, the hands. So what do we see? First we must note the physical degradation of Bannon’s face – the pockmarked skin, the discoloration of the left side of his nose, the bullfrogish eyes, mouth and bloat. I don’t mean to be ageist, or simply to shame Bannon for his appearance. Nor do I mean to suggest that physical degradation always implies moral degradation as well. That being said, physical ugliness has long been an aesthetic marker of immorality (just look at any portrayal of the devil from Medieval art), and in relation to Bannon, we might turn to philosopher Peter Carmichael’s words in “The Sense of Ugliness” – “There is a psychic tympanum on which the ugly and the immoral both strike, each resounding through the other.” In other words, Carmichael asserts that we use the same mechanism to perceive ugliness and immorality – when the two link up, as in the case of Bannon, the sensation of both is heightened. We read into his physical appearance all the moral failings we ascribe to his person – the effect is both horrifying, and on a visceral level, disgusting. 
And there are certain aesthetic markers of immorality on this cover, aside from Bannon’s face. The black and red that surround Bannon’s face has its reference in pop culture depictions of evil. The Empire in “Star Wars” employs the color scheme, as does the fascist government in “V for Vendetta.” The colors’ status as signifiers of evil likely stems from the First World War when it was employed in the flag of the German Empire (Western propaganda portrayed the Germans as “Huns,” “barbarians,” insatiable murderers). After the Treaty of Versailles, during the Weimar Republic, the flag’s colors were changed to contemporary Germany’s red black and yellow. But, when the Nazis rose to power in 1933, the flag was changed again to mimic the colors of Imperial Germany. 
The Nazis, as the most aesthetically developed of all the fascist regimes, have come to form our shared aesthetic conception of evil, and more specifically, official evil – hence the reliance upon Nazi signifiers in pop-culture (there is no easier way to immediately establish the sides). The red and black symbolism in contemporary society extends beyond the fictional into the flag of Greece’s fascist Golden Dawn Party, with its thinly veiled swastika symbol.
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3 comments:

  1. Yes, great info !

    Thanked.

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  2. Forward reported last November that, during Bannon’s divorce proceedings, his wife told the court that Bannon ‘doesn’t like Jews and…doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be “whiny brats.”’

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  3. Yet another inversion of reality by the Judenpresse. Good is evil, black is white. The soone we tear down this failing moral inversion of objectively dishonest reality the sooner we can begin rebuilding our society.

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