This post was posted under the former name ‘Saving Our Planet’
Like millions of people around the world I was shocked by the election of Trump to become president of the most powerful country on earth. As someone extremely worried about the climate crisis I was, again like millions of others, appalled by the casual way he denied the dangers connected to climate change. The horror intensified when he – one by one – appointed climate change deniers to key positions. Still, somehow my rage went deeper than that. It was not his threat to pull out of the Paris agreements, his bullshit talk about clean coal and fracking. It took a lot of soul searching till I came to the conclusion that, in the face of the clear and present danger of climate change, a willful turn towards burning fossil fuels was nothing less than evil. It was an intentional callous strategy to ‘make America great again’, screw the consequences for the rest of the world or indeed future generations. Burn baby, burn!
In my world view humanity is sleepwalking into a crisis of immense proportions caused by the explosive growth of the human population, the cult of consumerism and the consequences in the form of pollution of water, soil and air and the depletion of natural resources. These together are leading to climate change, scarcity, local crises, failed states and endless migration and in the end large scale collapse of food production, death and in fact extinction of much of the lifeforms on Earth, possibly even the extinction of humans. Enough reason to try to convince people to wake up and act to avert the worst and enough reason to be worried about Trump coming to power. How could a guy like Trump go against the whole world and ignore these dangers and announcing the implementation of policies that could undermine the fragile steps towards a decarbonized world economy?
But I sensed that the Trump was not just a danger for the environmental crisis, with these generals and creationists in his team, something more was amiss. But what was it? What were his plans? While it was clear that Trump was sly and shrewd and quite certainly someone with a dangerous personality disorder (‘I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters’), it was also clear to me that the man was incapable of understanding the consequences of his actions, let alone having an idea of a new world view. Was there more than meets the eye? Quit often in right wing circles, the Paris accords were seen as a tool of the global elite to establish a world government via the United Nations that would undermine national autonomy of individual states. It was the end game of the globalists to rule the world at the behest of the liberal elite. It was also clear that Trump and his team were adamantly against this. But was there more than meets the eye?
WINNING ELECTIONS VIA THE SOCIAL MEDIA
A first lead came a few weeks back when a Facebook friend, the scientist Stefan Rahmstorf, posted a must-read German article, titled:
“I have only shown that the bomb exists.”
It was an interview with psychologist Michal Kosinski, who had developed a method for analyzing human beings in great detail, through their behavior on Facebook. And in the article Kosinski clarified that the method helped Donald Trump win. I need to explain it a bit in detail for you to understand why the information from the article is very important. The basis is that psycho-profiling done on click and like behavior could be processed in an algorithm to understand how to customize a message to a visitor so he or she would ‘take the bait’. It stated that with 500 likes they had enough information to know someone better than their partner. Up to a 1400% improvement on click rate could be achieved by applying this technique to tailor the message to someone’s psychological profile, fully automated. A devilishly clever and extreme marketing method, but nothing strange yet. But it turns out that the CEO of the company, called Cambridge Analytica, was Steve Bannon, the publisher of the ultra-right online newspaper “Breitbart News” who has now been appointed to Donald Trump as chief strategist. And the first time the technique was applied in politics was months before in the Brexit campaign. Cambridge Analytica helped the campaign to an unexpected victory there.
When Trump won, all the pundits and pollsters saw their predictions go up in smoke as one by one the results of the presidential elections came in and it was clear that Trump had won, in many cases by razor thin local majorities in states like Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It turns out that through these techniques, directed at a small portion of strategically chosen undecided voters in swing states, they could reap enormous results. Persuaded by these messages touching right in their hearts these undecided voters were swayed and through their votes these states could to go to Trump and with that, the election. The technique was used in the same way with the Brexit campaign months earlier and since then improved upon, so that Trump could confidently say in the weeks leading up to election day: ‘the elections are rigged – unless I win.’ While everybody was admiring the organization of Clinton’s campaign and how they outspent Trump’s activities, Trump was confident about his win, exactly because of this.
THE ALLIANCE WITH RIGHT-WING EUROPE
Farage, the former UKIP leader and winner of the Brexit campaign showed up very quickly after Trumps win and Trump suggested to London that he would make a great ambassador to the US under Trump. Meanwhile Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, a niece of the leader of the French Front National tweeted that they will work with Cambridge Analytics for the French presidential elections in April 2017 and there have been indications of contacts between the right-wing parties in Switzerland, Germany and Italy and Cambridge Analytica for campaign assistance. *
In short, Trump’s revolution is in fact part of a much larger alliance of right-wing parties who want, who want…? What is it they are after? Since Trump clearly does not have a coherent world vision beyond a smiling look in the dressing table mirror, the input must be traced back to Bannon and the people at Breitbart, the most influential alt-right website in the US run by ideologically driven journalists that attracts a lot of extreme right-wing Americans to its website.
THE SECRET PLAN FOR RESTORATION OF CHRISTIANITY
While again no coherent vision for America can be perceived on Breitbart, and Bannon does not show much of what he has in mind, the site has been a major platform against Clinton. A lot of the ‘scandals’ surrounding her (email, collusion, Bengazi) come from research teams within the Breitbart group. So, what does Bannon want? He clearly avoids getting his ideas out, and his personal motto: ‘Honey Badger Don’t Give a Sh-t’, does not give a lot of information except that that tough animal of the African savanna’s is afraid of nothing, kills cobra’s, takes honey from bees’ nests while being stung hundreds of times and has been known to not even cower for a lion or a leopard. Honey badgers simply are on a mission and no-one is going to stop them.
A bit of internet research turns out some pieces of the puzzle. This quote is enlightening ‘I’m a Leninist’, Steve Bannon told a writer for The Daily Beast, in late 2013. ‘Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.’ Bannon has repeatedly fulminated at the crony capitalism and collusion of Washington and Wall Street where he worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker. He thinks it is a disgrace that no banker was sent to jail for the crisis of 2008. At the same time, it is known that Bannon is a devout Catholic. In a rare speech, he held for a Vatican seminar, in 2014, he talked about the crisis of the Christian-Judeo western civilization and a crisis of capitalism that is now only geared to enrich a small group of global rich. About Islamic fundamentalists he says: I strongly believe that whatever the causes of the current drive to the caliphate was .… we have to face a very unpleasant fact…that there is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global. It’s going global in scale, and today’s technology, today’s media, today’s access to weapons of mass destruction, it’s going to lead to a global conflict that I believe has to be confronted today. Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it is, and the scale of it, and really the viciousness of it, will be a day where you will rue that we didn’t act.
THE DESTRUCTION OF CRONY CAPITALISM AND GLOBALIZATION
So here we slowly arrive at the worldview: crony capitalism (not just in the USA, also that of countries like Russia and China, where the elites rake in fortunes through corruption and collusion) needs to be destroyed and replaced by a more traditional capitalism that works for the middle class. Secularism has undermined western civilization and needs to be fought, but the most urgent fight is with Islamic extremism, which needs to be fought very, very aggressively.
And in the same talk he warns:
‘And we’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if … the people in the Church do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the Church Militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.’
‘I’m not justifying Vladimir Putin and the kleptocracy that he represents, because he eventually is the state capitalist of kleptocracy. However, we the Judeo-Christian West really have to look at what he’s talking about as far as traditionalism goes — particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism — and I happen to think that the individual sovereignty of a country is a good thing and a strong thing. I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors, and that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward.’
THE RUSSIAN NEXUS
And here maybe Bannon has not been completely forthcoming. An recent internal FBI report has been circulating that Russia is cultivating, supporting and assisting Donald Trump and has been for at least five years. An anonymous source from within the FBI said the response from the FBI was one of ‘shock and horror.’ The report alleges that Trump and his ‘inner circle’ have accepted a regular ‘flow’ of intelligence from the Kremlin and that Russian intelligence claims to have ‘compromised’ Trump on his visits and could ‘blackmail him’. It could also point to the reason why Trump never wanted to publish his tax returns (and got away with it).
So maybe there is a secret alliance between the US alt-right and Putin’s Russia. After all, Putin’s domestic and foreign policy are aiming at restoration of national pride and Orthodox Christianity and fighting Islamic extremism as well as the globalists and liberal views. Putin himself has a spiritual teacher, Alexander Dugin, who is promoting the Fourth Political Way (after liberalism, communism and fascism) where a spiritual Christian revival is central to his world view and Europe needs to be freed from the secular liberals, something Dugin says, only Russia can do.
If you’re Steve Bannon, you might conclude that a Christian nationalist like Putin might prove a useful ally in the simultaneous war against Islamism and the ruthless capitalism administered by secular globalists, which he wants to bring down.
THE THINGS TO COME
Together with Putin’s support for Brexit and the Front National and the intervention in the presidential campaign supporting Trump, we can now look at the most important signals and tweets that have gone out from Trump and his team since the win:
The stirring of conflict with China over Taiwan, the announcement of a new nuclear arms race, cancelling the deal with Iran, cancelling the TPP trade agreement, moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and endorsing new settlements on the West-Bank.
Could it be possible that at the guiding hand of Bannon, Trump wants to destroy the Chinese economy, attack Islamic fundamentalism in cooperation with Russia and stir up new conflicts in the Middle East as an excuse to start a new war, but this time all out to bring Islam to its knees? Will this alt-right movement try to break up the EU and get Europe back into nation states run by authoritarian Christian regimes that will roll back the decadent freedoms of the secularized individuals, with the orthodox countries again under the stewardship of Moscow, the ‘third Rome’? In short, will Trump align with Putin to completely redraw the world order with the US and Russia splitting up and subjugating the Middle East and rechristen Europe, while crushing China economically?
We will soon know more, but there is a fair chance that the Trump team is not particularly worried about climate change for now, because it has a World War to win first.
*For the complete article in the reputed Swiss ‘’Das Magazin’’: https://www.dasmagazin.ch/2016/12/03/ich-habe-nur-gezeigt-dass-es-die-bombe-gibt/
John Ferguson @Fearguth at bildungblog: http://bildungblog.blogspot.com.tr/2016/07/blog-post_626.html