ReptilianKittenEater wrote:Any thoughts on Steve Bannon? He produced Titus which was kinda entertaining.
He's fascinating - if he's really the power behind the throne, we're in for a wild ride. He got my attention for two things. First, he's described himself as a "Leninist" who wants to destroy the state, ahem. Laypeople always think of Stalin as the big bad guy, since Lenin was laid waste by strokes and seizures before the New Economic Policy could really get underway. If you read a couple of books on ye olde USSR, you start agreeing with Molotov, that "Compared to Lenin, Stalin was a mere lamb." Dude wanted death camps for the bourgeoisie that would have made Hitler's final solution look junior league. I often wonder if a time traveler didn't come back and fuck with Lenin just to save humanity.
The second thing was the immediate tsunami of attacks on Bannon, from both the right and left, calling him a Nazi, an anti-Semite, everything horrible. When there's almost no evidence to support those claims. One of his several ex-wives, in their divorce papers, alleged that Bannon didn't want to send their daughters to a school with Jewish students because Jews bring up their children to be whiners. That's it. That's all the evidence. From a guy who has been in the public eye for 30 years. And, incidentally, made his fortune by picking up Seinfeld.
Then I found this 50-minute interview with the guy, from 2014, recorded from inside the Vatican, on Buzzfeed of all places. https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/th ... .qjxv7zo0j
Basically, he hates bankers (he used to work for Goldman Sachs) and thinks they should be punished for the 2008 global economic collapse, and wants to end corporate capitalism in favor of "entrepreneurial capitalism," with capitalism's inherit excesses moderated by a deep Judeo-Christian faith. Oh, and he hates Muslims.
Anyway, I keep reading about him and the guy is an absolute loon, just a hateful person and narcissist who casually destroys his friends, coworkers, wives, and children, and totally believes that the ends justify the means - hence Breitbart deliberately disseminating fake news in order to convince white supremacists that Trump would cleanse the USA of non-Europeans. Bannon did that. BUT. He also wants a trillion-dollar infrastructure project to rebuild the USA, thinks Putin is a scumbag, and wants to destroy corporate America. So..... weird, right? Oh, and he was in charge of Biosphere II, which was my second-favorite Pauly Shore movie so there's that.
This administration is SUCH a fucking mess. If the species survives this, we can survive anything.