Ban­non is a na­tion­al­ist.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

Ban­non’s po­lit­i­cal brand, like his boss’s, is some­thing he calls “Amer­ica first” na­tion­al­ism — a kind of hard-right, mus­cu­lar pop­ulism that thinks of it­self as be­ing in op­po­si­tion to what Ban­non calls “glob­al­ism.” Glob­al­ists, he ar­gues, are mem­bers of the “Davos class” who sub­or­di­nate the in­ter­ests of their own coun­try to those of the transna­tional fi­nan­cial elite. “I’m a na­tion­al­ist,” Ban­non told the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter shortly af­ter Trump won the elec­tion. “I’m an eco­nomic na­tion­al­ist. The glob­al­ists gut­ted the Amer­i­can work­ing class and cre­ated a mid­dle class in Asia. The is­sue now is about Amer­i­cans look­ing to not get f---ed over.”

But Ban­non is a glob­al­ist in the sense that he con­sid­ers Trump’s rise to be the Amer­i­can cul­mi­na­tion of a right-wing­pop­ulist global up­ris­ing that in­cludes Brexit and the as­cent of na­tion­al­ist politi­cians and par­ties in France, Italy, Poland and else­where. Of course, Ban­non’s Tra­di­tion­al­ist phi­los­o­phy also in­clines in a glob­al­ist di­rec­tion. While his fo­cus in the White House may be the United States, he thinks in much broader, global terms.

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