Will Andrew Jackson Trump Embody the Bannon Doctrine?

Amidst the deep recesses of Trumpology – the new discipline crammed with “experts” trying to decode the new American presidency – it has become fashionable to deride Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon as a Jurassic Park-style sociopathic swamp creature, a “quasi-fascist” comparable to Islamofascists.
(Even though Bannon only metaphorically qualifies as a head-chopper.)
By Pepe Escobar
Dismissing Bannon as a sort of 21st century remixed Machiavelli/Richelieu in cargo pants and dodgy ties amounts to a juvenile cheap shot. Kelyanne Conway may be a “knife fighter with words”; Jared Kushner may have taken the D-train from Manhattan real estate deals to shadow Secretary of State sitting in the situation room. But the man to study in excruciating detail has got to be Bannon, who eats history and political theory essays for breakfast. Dismiss him at one’s own peril.
The post-truth Machiavelli behind the most powerful of Princes sees our current geopolitical juncture as the ultimate battle between Good and Evil (no, Nietzsche’s verdict, for him, does not apply.) “Good” in our case is Christian civilization and its history of two millennia – with a possible place of honor for the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.
In contraposition, “evil” portends a cast of “existential threat” characters – from technocrats/post-modernity elites/ secularists (the enemy within) to Islam (the enemy at large). Even China, due to atheist Confucianism, might be portrayed as “evil”.
So the stakes are clear-cut. Nuance is for traitors. And the only path to victory, according to the Bannon doctrine, is a devastating Shock and Awe against the “system”. I have previously referred to Bannon’s Leninist approach on how to capture and maintain power and destroy the old order. Yet what’s coming is more like Lenin meets Apocalypse Now.
In the Court of the Tangerine King
The dark side-drenched Bannon doctrine has been shaped by a few selected books. The crucial volume is no doubt: The Fourth Turning, by William Strauss and Neil Howe.
Strauss and Howe’s theory of history is that in every 80-to-100-year cycle – called saecula — there is a major “turning.” The concept yields from the Stoics in Ancient Greece – the birthplace of Western civilization. At a given saeculum’s end, an ekpyrosis – cataclysm – is inevitable; the old order is destroyed and a new one is born.
Following Strauss and Howe, Bannon believes we are now right in the middle of the Fourth Turning. Strauss and Howe identified the first three turnings, in American terms, as the Revolutionary War; the Civil War; and the Great Depression followed by WWII. Bannon sees the start of the Fourth Turning in the – still metastasizing – 2008 financial crisis leading all the way to Trump’s victory.
Historian David Kaiser, who taught at Harvard and the Naval War College, adds some necessary context. He interviewed Bannon in detail, and confirms Bannon “expected a new and even bigger war as part of the current crisis, and he did not seem at all fazed by the prospect.”
The other book crucial to the Bannon doctrine is Antifragile, by Nassim Taleb, which tears “global elites” apart, those same elites terrified by the Trump phenomenon; “We are witnessing the rise of a new class of inverse heroes, that is, bureaucrats, bankers, Davos-attending members of the I.A.N.D (International Association of Name Droppers), and academics with too much power and no real downside and/or accountability. They game the system while citizens pay the price.”
Then there’s The Flight 93 Election; not a book, but an internet rant by Publius Decius Mus, a.k.a. Michael Anton, former speechwriter for ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush’s National Security Council, and former managing director for Wall Street giant BlackRock.
It’s impossible not to recognize Publius Decius Mus was a nifty touch; Livy, in his History of Rome, talks about Mus as a Roman consul who unselfishly sacrificed his life to lead his army in battle.
Flight 93 forcefully argues that America and the West are going down; a crackdown on immigration is a must to prevent “ethnic separatism”; and Trump is the last chance at the O.K. Corral to prevent a certified collapse of civilization.
It gets better. Anton is now entitled to a policy role as part of the National Security Council staff – which means he will work closely with Bannon to implement the New Populist Nationalism.
Channeling Andrew Jackson
Trump notoriously hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson – the 7th US president — in the Oval Office. Bannon duly described Trump’s inauguration speech as “Jacksonian.”
The parallels are fascinating. Andrew Jackson, tall, lanky, rawboned, ferocious, resentful (against all enemies) was an outsider to Washington straight from central casting; a Tennessean who grew up in the harsh hinterland of what was once the western extension of North Carolina. He was definitely not statesmanlike material. Jackson didn’t look, or act, like a traditional politician. Thomas Jefferson — as in “the establishment” – dismissed him as a man of savage instincts.
Jackson was not a fan of subtle, argued reasoning. He was blunt, and once again, resentful of anyone who dared to disagree with him. Yet he was popular exactly because he was rough; after all, he was a sterling representative of “cracker” country.
Which brings us to another crucial book that Bannon must certainly have read; White Trash: The 440-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg.
In her devastating study, Isenberg convincingly details how early Republican America was a “cracker” or squatter” country – “two terms that became shorthand for landless migrants”. In these rough times,   “city life catered to a minority of the population, as the rural majority fanned outward to the edges of civilization”, far away from “Jefferson’s idealized, commercially oriented cultivators”. “Cracker” and “squatter” were Americanisms, updating “inherited English notions of idleness and vagrancy.” And this, as Steinberg notes, added a “new class dimension to the meaning of democracy”.
Jackson’s presidency was never about equality; it was about aggressive expansion – as in the forced migration of the Cherokee Nation away from their lands east of the Mississippi, with Jackson not giving a damn to the Supreme Court opinion.
Jackson saw “threats” everywhere; Native Americans; rival squatters; every political opponent; and most of all – anticipating the contemporary establishment  — “eel-skin” easterners who used “fancy words.”
For Jackson, territorial disputes were to be settled by “Make my Day, punk” action – not fancy words. His Indian policy boiled down to the right of exercizing “retaliatory vengeance” against “inhumane bloody barbarians”. International law? Constitutional details? Jacksonians always argued he was the ultimate patriot, so these “details” didn’t matter. Jacksonians by the way were routinely derided for their lack of taste and breeding; the predecessors of Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables”.
What Bannon may certainly use from reading Isenberg is how she methodically destroys “historical mythmaking”, an idealized American past that “relies exclusively on the storied Pilgrims, or the sainted generation of 1776”; “This is how we got the primordial Puritan narrative of a sentimental community and a commendable work ethic”. With the inevitable corollary that “the landless, the impoverished, the progenitors of future generations of white trash conveniently disappear from the founding saga”.
And that totally dynamites the foundation stone of American Exceptionalism. The reality was that most settlers in America did not regard their forced exile as building a “City Upon a Hill”; “during the 1600s, far from being ranked as valued British subjects, the great majority of early colonists were classified as surplus population and expendable “rubbish”.
These “expendables” were the predecessors of the white trash/”deplorable” galaxy  – most of which arguably voted Trump. The Bannon doctrine requires their undivided attention and support if the Fourth Turning apocalyptic struggle is to be won. Thus Andrew Jackson Trump, against all odds, against all enemies, must rise to the occasion – and fulfill his destiny as the Savior of Christendom.

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5 thoughts on “Will Andrew Jackson Trump Embody the Bannon Doctrine?”

  1. Why don’t ya’ll publish something from Pepe “roving” Escobar about Hong Kong or Brazil these days, instead of about US history- for which the polemicist has just demonstrated a stunning ignorance? (‘stunning’ because Escobar is otherwise intelligent)
    Escobar: “Jackson’s presidency was never about equality”
    Fact: “Three times as many men voted in 1828 as had in 1824…. For much of the political establishment, though, it was, as [Speaker Henry] Clay called it, ‘a calamity’.”
    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/watching-andrew-jacksons-inauguration [Stick around for the entire article if you- like Escobar- haven’t heard about President Jackson’s first inaugural… or somehow managed to delete it as not being ‘politically correct’]
    One could go on belaboring this junior high school point (of what the Jackson era did and what the subsequent adjective “Jacksonian” means), but if one doesn’t know it already by now, what’s the point?
    Is there anyone on duty at your editorial board who knows anything about American history?

  2. Fun to read this rant. Should have mentioned Jackson’s greatest (and most exemplary) feat, defeating, not the British at New Orleans in 1814, but the British Rothschild’s National Bank. Let us hope AJ Trump achieves the same for Federal Reserve bank cartel.

  3. I’m a Scottish Texan, child of the Border Reivers and the Highland clearances as well as Tennessee Scots Irish.. My family was Methodist and gentle, loving literature and family gatherings. The 2 hardswinging men were Gascon in looks and name!! They were also honest and brave. I’m a mutt.
    I beg to differ with this ugly article. She even failed to mention that one reason Andy Jackson hated the East Coast establishment was because they hounded his beloved wife, Rachel to death. Jackson also stood up to the very undemocratic Banking establishment…which few have and lived.
    She dissects Jackson with the judgement of one who lives in safety and looks down on the unwashed.
    Since the war my poilu Dad fought as a Naval officer was the war to save Western civilization from modern barbarism, I think at least some of that civilization is worth saving. The alternative was worse.

  4. “Warm Up” – Geopolitical/GCR/RV Overview – Friday – February 10, 2017 11:14:00 AM
    If you feel like you are in a fight for your country, in truth, you’re not.
    Everything is playing out 100% on schedule because it’s 100% scripted. So save the drama for a later date.
    As there’s a known and calculated outcome to all the current controversies by NPTB master plan strategists.
    The Trump’s presidency, while disturbing, has meaningful structural purpose as it relates to the Republic’s roll out, although temporary.
    Confusing times to be sure.
    You see, Clinton’s November defeat was the Republic’s coming out party–no doubt– but not the end all be all.
    Trump’s upcoming removal this spring will, however, be the Republic’s full public showcase of what is to come in terms of implementing GESARA.
    Now we know why both Presidential candidates were so toxic, dirty and arrogant beyond the everyday citizen’s comprehension. So they could discarded at a later date. A warm up comic if you will for the main act.
    This was done by design, as both candidates had to be fully compromised; thus each was able to be controlled by the NPTB, always knowing they could be removed whenever the time was right.
    Even the MSM pre-election was on board to help secure their own corporations future amnesty, playing along with hard liberal or conservative viewpoints per normal–but not going too far as to upset the result the NPTB desired to implement the Republic properly. And if they didn’t play along, their networks would be terminated, simple as that.
    Funny how no MSM outlet reported on the depth or scope of Trump’s sins, yet this was also by design because having a Republican candidate win the White House made restoring the Republic government much easier.
    Not so easy though as Trump’s sins were brutal, well known and very public:
    Yet because the NPTB wanted Clinton to lose, they did in fact expose many of her sins before Election Day. But they held the really juicy stuff back (Clinton Foundation) just in case she had won.
    What you’re starting to see now are the public’ pitchforks coming out in the form of protests and complaints to elected or appointed Federal officials.
    Again, this all by design and expected.
    Everything is on schedule for the second transition into our Republic government, they are just easing the population into the new reality or expanding our collective consciousness.
    Trump was just the warm up for what’s really coming in terms of revealing GESARA’s changes.

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