Bannonism is not quite the “deconstruction of the administrative state”


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CPAC attendees trolled into waving Russia flags during Trump’s speech

CPAC had some actual, unintended Deconstruction unlike Bannon’s riff on nationalist deregulation

“Bannon is a near-constant presence every time cameras cover a Trump press conference or follow the president into the Oval Office. He has gained a place on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council, elevating him above the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence.”

Kumbaya in the bunker …Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus appeared in a joint interview at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington, D.C. and the former provided a glimpse of the crypto-fascist mentality that informs POTUS45* and his White House.

It was quite unlike the pageant queen’s interview segment where “world peace” was the main goal for a winner or her runner-up.

Lord Dampnut is now clearly a cipher for Bannon’s Fourth Turning / Clash of Civilizations mania and functions as the national CEO in between rounds of golf. POTUS45* is Bannon’s alternative, alt-fact, media factotum, available to cut the ribbon at the launching of any car dealership.

Bannon’s goal: a Mad Max economy

President Bannon’s racist minarchy aims to forward an American version of the “End of Times” in Alexandr Dugin’s Fourth Political Theory. Crony capitalism and kleptocracy will benefit from the chaos and catastrophies that result from implementing those theories.

Bannonism is more about deregulation rather than deconstruction

  • Bannonist nationalism privileges one ethnicity over all others and is based on an anti-scientific ignorance based on primitive supremacy of the sort promulgated by neo-fascist political parties. It specifies a permanent war between Dominionist and Islamic caliphates.
  • Bannonism projects a similar economic model of racial conflict onto nationalist trade wars which oversimplifies bilateralism in order to benefit ruling class wealth. It does so at the cost of social welfare that would be more optimal under multilateralism. Advantage is never comparative.
  • The result of destroying rather than deconstructing the administrative state is designed to profit from its destruction while advancing the goals of (ad)venture capitalist warlords. It is Malthusianism complete with prepper bunkers.

This is less creative destruction than a misanthropic chaos designed to return the global economy to some infomercialized feudalism. Bannonism’s fatal flaw lies in misunderstanding the political goals of deconstruction and enslaving it to a totalized discourse of racial superiority, resembling some defeated historical models. Since his goal is short-term capitalist profit, Bitcoin is even more of a deconstructive economic program than what Bannon wants to achieve, making his prescriptions in their reified form, crypto-fascist in its goals.

It’s not deconstruction as much as it is appropriating institutions, aided by demolishing (via deregulation) their income-distributional mechanisms for greater class wealth resulting in greater inequality. With undeconstructed profit it’s like starting a riot to disguise a bank robbery. Corporations will survive the deconstruction, so it’s no deconstruction as it is re-centralizing the administrative state for totalitarian control.

More interesting will be the first RW pundit to denounce Bannon as a “Cultural Marxist” precisely because he has adopted a “deconstructive” position on the administrative state that cops a cue from the Frankfurt School.

Lord Dampnut, his junk food, and nuclear trigger are on a perpetual golf vacation punctuated by ceremonial moments celebrated by mass media but with little relevance to the diminution of public policy and in favor of the privatizing the greater good.


But tensions were clear as Dan Schneider, leader of the American Conservative Union, took the stage to denounce the “alt-right”, the rebranding of the far right that has been accused of racism, Islamophobia and neo-Nazism. “There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way into our ranks and we must not be duped,” he told the audience.

A short distance away, outside the main hall, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer, wearing a general admission badge, told reporters that he “coined the term” alt-right and rejected Schneider’s criticism.

Asked if he feels he now has an ally in the White House, Spencer said: “In terms of Donald Trump, I would say that it’s not so much that he’s alt-right, it’s that he’s a nationalist and a populist and so he’s connected to us on that basic level. He doesn’t articulate our ideas – he’s not an identarian – but his arrow points in our direction.”


STEVE BANNON: And Matt, I want to thank you for finally inviting me to CPAC.


MATT SCHLAPP: Yeah, there’s no — the — what was the name of the — the…

BANNON: The uninvited.


…BANNON: But — but — I think — let’s go back to the point that Reince made for a second. President Trump, when he was running, he made a — and this is the other thing that the — the mainstream media or opposition party never caught is that if you want to see the Trump agenda it’s very simple.


It was all in the speeches. He went around to these rallies, but those speeches had a tremendous amount of content in them, right? I happen to believe, and I think many others do, he’s probably the great public speaker in those large arenas since William Jennings Bryan. This was galvanized.————

Just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the campaign and just like they were dead wrong in the chaos of the transition, they are absolutely dead wrong about what’s going on today because we have a team that’s just grinding it through on President Donald Trump promised the American people. And the mainstream media better understand something, all of those promises are going to be implemented.


BANNON: I think the — I think the same thing; I think if you look at the lines of work, I kind of break it up into three verticals of three buckets.

  • The first is kind of national security and sovereignty and that’s your intelligence, the Defense Department, Homeland Security.
  • The second line of work is what I refer to as economic nationalism and that is Wilbur Ross at Commerce, Steven Mnuchin at Treasury, Lighthizer at — at Trade, Peter Navarro, Stephen Miller, these people that are rethinking how we’re gonna reconstruct the — our trade arrangements around the world.
  • The third, broadly, line of work is what is deconstruction of the administrative state. And if you…


So I think — I think the three most important things, I think one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history was his immediate withdraw from TPP. That got us out of a…


… got us out of a trade deal and let our sovereignty come back to ourselves, the people, the mainstream media don’t get this, but we’re already working in consultation with the Hill. People are starting to think through a whole raft of amazing and innovative, bilateral relationships — bilateral trading relationships with people that will reposition America in the world as a — as a fair trading nation and start to bring jobs. High value added, manufacturing jobs, back to the United States of America.

On the — on the national security part, it was certainly the first — I think the first two E.O.s that you start to see implemented here of the last couple of days under General Kelly. And that is, do rule of law is going to exist when you talk about our sovereignty and you talk about immigration. General Kelly…


… and Attorney General Sessions are adamant — you know, that and you’re gonna start to see I think with the defense budget we’re going to talk about next week when we bring the budget out and also with certain things about the plan on ISIS and what General Mattis and these guys think I think you’ll start to see the other part of that.

But the third, this regulation…


BANNON: … every business leader we’ve had in is saying not just taxes, but it is — it is also the regulation. I think the consistent, if you look at these Cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason and that is the deconstruction, the way the progressive left runs, is if they can’t get it passed, they’re just gonna put in some sort of regulation in — in an agency.

That’s all gonna be deconstructed and I think that that’s why this regulatory thing is so important.


BANNON: You know, I’ve said that there’s a new political order that’s being formed out of this. And it’s still being formed. But if you look at the wide degree of opinions in this room — we have wide and sometimes divergent opinions.

  • whether you’re a populist;
  • whether you’re a limited government conservative;
  • whether you’re libertarian;
  • whether you’re an economic nationalist —

BANNON: But I think we — the center core of what we believe, that we’re a nation with an economy, not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a — and a reason for being.

And I think that is what unites us and I think that is what is going to unite this movement going forward. President Trump tomorrow is coming I think really to express his appreciation.…

but you still want to get paid Steve, so you’re really a state capitalist

Bannon’s use of “deconstruction” is meant to impress Spencer without the usual punch in the head, when its application in this context is meant simply as negation whereupon smashing the American administrative state would be amusing if that was the actual goal, Leninist or not.

In Bannonism it is more structural in the sense of gaining capitalist value / building wealth which, as crony kleptocracy is more revisionist than radical in objective, hence it is less deconstruction and more demolition in the service of deregulatory profit — for each DeVos and Perry you have Goldman Sachs and Exxon/Mobil.

(Thomassen, 2010) As I have tried to argue, a deconstruction is an intervention and does not leave its object intact, nor is deconstruction itself left intact by its particular uses. Rather, deconstruction is rearticulated each time it is used; it “is” through its particular uses, and it can always be put to new uses,so what it “is” is never stable. We should think of deconstruction in terms of rearticulation. It is not a set of procedures or techniques to be applied, as if it were a given method applied to an object from the outside. Rather, we are dealing with a relation of rearticulation, where deconstruction as a method is not given prior to its particular uses. Or, if we were to use the term application,we would have to say that it is aporetic: on one hand, deconstruction cannot be applied because it is not given as a method prior to its applications; on the other hand, deconstruction can only be applied because it only exists through its particular applications, and does not exist independently of these (Derrida 1996, 218).4 The relationship between deconstruction as a theory or method and its particular uses is one of both exteriority and interiority. On the one hand, each use of deconstruction cannot simply be subsumed under an existing definition of deconstruction; on the other hand, “each deconstructive ‘event’ remains singular” (Derrida 2008, 4) and redefines what deconstruction is.

an irresolvable internal contradiction or logical disjunction in a text, argument, or theory. “the celebrated aporia whereby a Cretan declares all Cretans to be liars”

Something analogous goes for the relationship between deconstruction as theory and method and its particular applications. Deconstruction as theory/method is not left intact by its application to a particular case or issue. Rather, the application rearticulates the theory/method,among other things because it helps us see limitations in the theory or method and develop new theoretical and methodological insights. Nor is the case left intact, because the deconstructive analysis of it shows the undecidabilities and aporias in the discourses under analysis.

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16 Responses to Bannonism is not quite the “deconstruction of the administrative state”

  1. Those Russian flags with the Great Orange Plague name on them was the most epic trolling in recent memory. If trolling was an Olympic event, that is Olympic Gold Medal worthy. World class trolling at its best.

  2. randyjet says:

    That also demonstrates the abysmal ignorance of conservatives who were so stupid and ignorant that they did not catch the point. That photo is priceless and validates most folks knowledge that those Trump and GOPers are ignorant fools.

    • Randy
      I nearly sprained myself the first time I saw the picture.

      Wonder if any of those folks would be interested in the fine beachfront property in Wyoming I can sell them?

  3. pete says:

    Is Alec Baldwin busy for the night?

  4. His Orangeness does not drink and and hates guys with facial hair. What in the hell does Bannon have on him that he gets to hang around and have so much power over the inner sanctum?

    • Terry Welshans says:

      As Dorothy said to the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz: “What would you do with a brain if you had one.”

      That picture reminds me of myself, back when I was a kid.

      There must be something that keeps him close, there is a great loyalty to Bannon, and a lot of power to hold him so close in spite of the drinking and shagginess. A neat freak and a slob: looks like the :Odd Couple” to me.

    • pete says:

      I can’t decide if Bannon needs one of those showers trump is famous for or if he just got one.

      • A suggestion for cutting out the middleman. Jack Daniels could simply send a tanker truck, park it in the Wast Wing parking lot, and run a hose into Bannon’s office..

        • Terry Welshans says:

          Perhaps they could could just drain the pool and fill it with ol’ No. 7.

          Waste of good whiskey though…..

  5. rafflaw says:

    I am afraid to know what the reason is that Bannon has this hold on Trump!

  6. Bruce Wayne: Criminals aren’t complicated, Alfred. Just have to figure out what he’s after.

    Alfred Pennyworth: With respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that *you* don’t fully understand, either. A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So, we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anybody who traded with him. One day, I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.

    Bruce Wayne: So why steal them?

    Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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