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Steve Bannon disses libertarianism

Steve Bannon told a NY Times reporter:

I think the Democrats are fundamentally afflicted with the inability to discuss and have an adult conversation about economics and jobs, because they’re too consumed by identity politics. And then the Republicans, it’s all this theoretical Cato Institute, Austrian economics, limited government — which just doesn’t have any depth to it. They’re not living in the real world.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Posted in Libertarianism

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  1. Actually the article is a pretty good summary of the White House and their relationship to Congress, so I would recommend it even without the Bannon hit quote on Libertarians.

    Mike Street Station

    April 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

  2. Bannon is uncomfortably aware that Trump owes his victory to Clinton dissing the Libertarian Party and can’t do zip without at least the passive assent of the libertarian-leaning centrists in Congress.

    Like most far-right twits, he’s convinced that ignorantly dissing pro-libertarians will make them like him or go away. Which is the same mistake Clinton made.

    Meanwhile, Trump runs around praising the Libertarians for ‘good ideas!’


    April 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    • ” Trump owes his victory to Clinton dissing the Libertarian Party ”


      Mike Street Station

      April 4, 2017 at 7:33 am

      • Mike Street–Dems who’re libertarians didn’t like it, and many of them were GOTV people. Go to Libertarian Poll Data Group on FB for analysis. I’ve posted on this before. Do keep up.

        BTW, Bannon is now gone. Dissing Libertarians is now as politically stupid as dissing Blacks, except the Libertarians are very surgical and swift if you get their attention, and don’t forget any slights. Trump realizes that messing with the growing Libertarianist center that decides elections is a non-starter, not to mention the many libertarians in the GOP/DEMS who despise people like Rand Paul (who disses libertarians while pretending to be ‘libertarianish’) and like Trump. I’m sure Trump had additional reasons to defenestrate Bannon, but his remarks against L/libertarians is an example of Bannon’s poor political judgment once he’s outside of his conservative expertise that was annoying Trump. Probably Trump told him to knock it off and Bannon just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Trump has a thing about being taken seriously by people he elevates…

        Trump is smart.


        April 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      • Interesting comments Robert, but they don’t seem to be moored to reality at all.

        Mike Street Station

        April 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm

  3. The health care bill showed that Bannon is not in complete control, I think Preibus and Pence convinced Trump to support it. That it was a disaster that sent Trump’s net approval to -15 hopefully strengthens Bannon’s position.


    April 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    • Trump’s bringing back healthcare for another go, unfortunately. The thing about Trump is above all he’s a narcissist who wants to put his name on everything, so the idea of replacing “Obamacare” with “Trumpcare” is really, really, really appealing to him.


      April 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

  4. Right Libertarians are basically Paleocons and are ok. It’s the Left Libertarians of the Cato and Reason Magazine variety that you have to watch out for. They are essentially kook liberals that don’t want any taxes on rich people. This strikes me as the most spiritually bankrupt of all political positions.


    April 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    • +1


      April 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    • Yes, There is a big difference between a Hans Hermann Hoppe or Tom Woods and Reason Magazine .


      April 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      • Drop it like it’s Hoppe


        April 3, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    • BTDT you missed something.

      The Libertarians want to make taxes voluntary. They want public services funded by endowments if at all. CATO and REASON are if anything softies on that.


      April 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

  5. What I love about Bannon is that he actually takes politics seriously. Although I personally think the welfare state as it is currently conceived is simply unsustainable in the long run and does way more harm than good, the left-libertarian view of government and society is just so laughably simplistic.


    April 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm

  6. Glad to have tipped you off with my comment on your HBD post. Yea it’s quite something. He’s spot on with regard to Austrian economics.


    April 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm

  7. has long ago responded to this:


    April 3, 2017 at 9:21 pm

  8. The Libertarians are enemies as far as he’s concerned. Those goldbugs and potheads are big globalist Free Trade dudes. You can’t do anything with these guys. They have their eyes on Gold and Pot and Main Street doesn’t enter into it. If Main Street doesn’t recover, Trump will fizzle. Stocks mean shit, and Pot doesn’t resonate in the Burbs man.
    Bannon isn’t stupid. Those Ayn Rand City Boys and their delusions of Easy Street are getting in the way of creating jobs. Tax Cuts won’t do diddly for folks who are OUT OF WORK. Jobs or Fail…

    Joshua Sinistar

    April 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

    • Joshua–They want to create a global USA or at least world of sister US-like confederacies of fairly free trade and immigration like the internal USA today.

      They’re militant Americanists.


      April 5, 2017 at 8:35 pm

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