Breitbart & The Nuremberg Trials
If America ever provokes the world into a global / nuclear war while descending under the spell of its own dark ethnic nationalism - Steve Bannon, as the editor of Breitbart and Trump's Chief Strategist - will be put on international trial and likely executed for crimes against humanity. Possibly Alex Jones as well, but that's an entirely different nut.
This sounds extreme. And yet it's already happened.
There's a legal precedent for Steve Bannon's conviction.
His name was Julius Streicher.
He was the editor of the anti-Semitic propaganda newspaper "Der Sturmer."
Although Streicher never killed anybody personally (that records show), he was convicted in Nuremberg and sentenced to death.
What was the justification for this?
Streicher declared in front of the eyes of the world that he never once said, publicly or through his newspaper, for people to gang together and kill the Jews. Therefore, he was innocent.
The defendants adopted a policy of persecution, repression, and extermination of all civilians in Germany who were, or who were believed to be, or who were believed likely to become, hostile to the Nazi Government...
They imprisoned such persons without judicial process, holding them in "protective custody" and concentration camps, and subjected them to persecution, degradation, despoilment, enslavement, torture, and murder.
For his twenty-five years of speaking, writing, and preaching hatred of the Jews, [Julius] Streicher was widely known as "Jew-Baiter Number One."
In his speeches and articles, week after week, month after month, he infected the German mind with the virus of anti-Semitism and incited the German people to active persecution.
Each issue of "Der Sturmer," which reached a circulation of 600,000 in 1935, was filled with such articles, often lewd and disgusting.
Streicher had charge of the Jewish boycott of 1st April, 1933.
He advocated the Nuremberg Decrees of 1935.
He was responsible for the demolition on 10th August, 1938, of the Synagogue in Nuremberg.
And on 10th November, 1938, he spoke publicly in support of the Jewish pogrom which was taking place at that time.
Testifying in this trial, he vehemently denied any knowledge of mass executions of Jews.
But the evidence makes it clear that he continually received current information on the progress of the "final solution."
Streicher's incitement to murder and extermination at the time when Jews in the East were being killed under the most horrible conditions clearly constitutes persecution on political and racial grounds in connection with war crimes as defined by the Charter, and constitutes a crime against humanity.
Julius Streicher was found guilty of Crimes Against Humanity.
Then, he was hung.
Clearly, the global human eye of justice believes in the power of media.
It can create civilizations.
And it can destroy a nation.
Steve Bannon and Breitbart are whipping up the same violent political force as Julius Streicher did with his Der Strumer.
Unlike Streicher, Bannon brought these agit-prop techniques into the 21st Century.
He's doing his propaganda work with a growing (yet informal) media empire.
Yes, like Streicher, he has an inflammatory newspaper: Breitbart online news.
But he also utilizes:
Alex Jones daily conspiracy video-content
Celebrity spokesperson & publicity stunt provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos
The Twitter account of the President
And now, official White House press briefings.
But unlike Streicher, Bannon has the ear of the nation's leader.
Streicher was more of a foot soldier leading a powerful weapon: this propaganda newspaper. Hitler saw him as one of many in a vast complex of propaganda. Goebbels, of course, was more the chief of strategy in terms of propaganda proper. Goebbels had daily influence over Hitler. Streicher did not. So, yes, Steve Bannon is not a carbon copy of either person. Nothing repeats itself exactly. This is a skewed, modern-American version of 1930's Germany.
Because of this, Steve Bannon is even more dangerous than Julius Streicher and Joseph Goebbels combined.
Note the specific similarities between Der Sturmer and Breitbart.
The same aggressive publicity tactics to obtain political ends (business boycotts, targeting individuals, verbally assaulting politicians, race-baiting via sex crime reporting, use of grotesque / unflattering photography, etc)
The same political framework but slightly updated for modern times - replace Jews with Muslims, German iconography with American iconography, defending capitalism over fascism, fighting for religion in State vs. State as religion, exploiting the particulars of the American legal system & global power dynamics, etc etc etc).
These media platforms all dehumanize opposition. Hate propaganda targeting specific groups of people ultimately opens up a pathway to nationalist-inspired genocide.
If you make a simple point forcefully every single day about how a specific group of people are vile and should not be in existence, then the obvious question is next: how can we allow ourselves to exist alongside such vile stuff?
If THEY are truly poisoning our way of life... HOW CAN WE **NOT** STOP THEM?
Hate propaganda naturally leads to vigilante action.
This is the final path of logic for hate propaganda.
All that's needed is for the right match to spark total international & domestic conflict.
But why even play with fire?
The instinctual structure of the average German in Germany was no different in 1935 from what it was in 1925. The psychological mass basis for anti-Semitism, whatever it may be, existed in 1925 too, but anti-Semitism was not a political force then... The principle thing which changed during those ten years was the amount of anti-Semitic propaganda. The effectiveness of this propaganda was the chief thing which altered the attitude of the masses.
The only thing preventing Steve Bannon from being placed in front of an international military tribunal is that, of course, nothing has happened... yet.
America has not yet provoked the world in an apocalyptic confrontation.
America has not yet locked up its citizens into camps.
America has yet to carry out open genocide.
Yet Breitbart as of this very moment, under Steve Bannon's direction, has created a small political movement that incites its readers toward irrational emotional rage: one that welcomes a new global war, nationalizing the media, creating a one party state, silencing opposition, state-sanctioned vigilante violence, utilization of internment camps for subversives, and eventually - if the situation calls for it - genocide. This is the open platform of Breitbart News.
(Just read their comments section if you don't believe me).
How bad do things have to get before Americans take action for the preservation of the majority of its citizens?
Breitbart is deliberately anti-American.
Breitbart "News" promotes a fascist Judeo-Christian supremacy worldview.
I don't know about you, curious reader, but I never declared any war on the "Judeo-Christian West." I have no idea what this guy is talking about.
But if you ask Bannon (or his followers) they'll say my very existence threatens their way of life. I am waging a war against them simply by being me. Well, then. In that case, they're the ones waging war on us, on all of America, not the other way around... This is an extreme radicalization of a minority group in America happening right before our very eyes.