*Published in 19.2.2017. Influence of Steve Bannon in the White House was short-lived. He quickly fell out of favour with president Trump and his employment in the White House ended on August of 2017. Until then Bannon’s influence could been the reason why the clear vision of united West that defend its civilization was expressed by president Trump in the historical speech in Warsaw on July 6th of 2017. Since then the focus in the rhetoric of the president Trump has returned more to “America first” narrative that he might be more comfortable with. Nevertheless the U.S. is a strong ally of Poland and Central-Eastern Europe in the military sphere. After leaving the White House, Bannon announced his intentions to create a global populist and anti-Soross organization and he established ties with many national-conservative and populist parties in Europe and elsewhere. This organization is called The Movement and is based in Brussels. The Movement has failed however to create any vision except opposition to EU and failed to grasp the European context of nationalism. Many European nationalist parties have rejected his vision of populism that is essentially American and have difficulties working together – for example Polish Law and Justice party will never work with pro-Russian Marine Le Pen. Therefore, creation of a real nationalist movement in Europe for defence of Western Civilization is still in the hands of Europeans themselves and limited by the geopolitical realities.
Who is Mr. Bannon?
As I have written before, in the post-Brexit and post-Trump world the question is not whether nationalism will return in the Western world, but who will lead it. In this context, the new presidential administration of U.S. is an interesting case, especially the personality and ideology of the White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon is one of the most influential man in the U.S. and thus – in the world.
A lot has been written about the former executive chair of Breitbart News – mainly in a hysterical tones from the liberal and socialist media, i.e. those who lost. However, his own views and ideas are clear from the speeches that he has given in the last years, like the one on 2014 by Skype to a conference in the Vatican.
In short – Steve Bannon is a pro-Western nationalist. His nationalism is based on two main fundamentals: 1) Judeo-Christian values and 2) Capitalism. Bannon sees these two elements as the main reason of the success of the Western world in the past, but the departure from these two elements – Cultural Marxism instead of Judeo-Christianity and socialism instead of Capitalism – is the reason of the crisis in the Western world. Bannon is not a counter-revolutionary conservative, rather a Burkean Conservative. Therefore, whatever the references on Evola might be, he is not as radical as some of the media tries to show him to be. Burkean Conservatives do not reject the liberal idea of social progress and market as the main aspect of human society. It seems that what Bannon is trying to achieve is a return to the golden age of the U.S., as it was in the 1950’s or the golden age of Western world before the 1914.
Of course, he will not be popular among the New Left types. He has united the “Tea Party” and “Alt-Right” trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos in a movement of populist conservativism, using both of these two movements in a new direction that would unite not just populist conservatives in the U.S., but also those in the Western Europe in the fight against radical Islam.
One should not be surprised at these new developments. Bannon is just following the conclusions of Huntington who in the early 1990’s wrote about the new world order that would be based on the civilizations. Huntington recognized the threat of Islamic civilization and called for the re-westernization of the West in this new era of the clash of civilizations. With Bannon, we finally see the departure from the utopian world of Fukuyama where the history has ended with the victory of free-market liberalism to the multipolar world of many civilizations. The “America first” means economic nationalism and a return of the U.S. to Judeo-Christian value system that was under attack since the 1960’s counter-revolution.
The new Western World and attitude towards Russia
It should not be surprising that the liberal and socialist media have missed all the most important details about the attitude of Steve Bannon (and Trump) towards Putin. Steve Bannon might be one the few people that have clearly understood who Putin really is. He has understood that Putin is using the social conservatives with a message about traditional values. This is why it has to be the U.S. that should be the guard of these values and not Putin. With this, a powerful weapon could be taken out of the hands of Putin – a weapon that the leftist liberals have given to him. According to Bannon, Putin and his regime are “kleptocracy” and “an imperialist power that want to expand”.
And he is right. Russia uses conservative and nationalistic values as a tool in the geopolitical struggle. There are no real values behind all of this – those that are better familiar with the realities of Russia knows this very well. Putin is not only neo-Stalinist, he is also a Russian neocon – the type that Trump and Bannon fought against in the elections in U.S. Putin has subverted the real purpose of conservativism and nationalism for his imperialistic purposes, while doing nothing for the good of Russian people and continuing to support mass immigration in the Russia itself. Like a good neocon, Putin uses lies against the citizens of Russia to mobilize them for constant wars against “fascists” in Ukraine or Georgia or other “enemies”.
Role of Intermarium
Islamization of Russia is something that the new administration of the U.S. president might not be well aware of when Russia is considered a possible ally against radical Islam. The countries of Central-Eastern Europe should use the possibility to be a better ally to U.S., considering our long history as the outpost of Western-Civilization, defending it since the time of the Mongols and Ottoman Muslims. Instead of the fake struggle against ISIS that Russia is playing so well, countries of Intermarium can offer a true support for the new Western world.
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz in his book “Intermarium: The Land between the Black and Baltic Seas” writes that the legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is culturally and ideologically compatible with American interests. He writes that U.S. should invest more interest in this region, as the region has always opposed totalitarianism of USSR as well as the ideological attacks of the New Left and postmodernist elites of the current EU. Intermarium has a long history of democracy, individual freedom, while staying true to the values of Western civilization, while Russia has always been a source of totalitarianism, moral relativism and corruption. I agree with his conclusions and believe that the sooner the current administration of the U.S. president recognizes this, the better it will be both for the U.S. and the Intermarium, while any attempts to find an ally in Russia is a waste of time and even more – a danger to us all.
The relations between the U.S., China, Russia and Islamic world will play an important role in forging the destiny of the Intermarium. The leadership of the countries of Intermarium have to be smart enough to understand these geopolitical developments and to use these relations to gain more influence in the Europe, in the West and on a global scale.