MUST-SEE: Steve Bannon criticizes conservative elites for lacking the courage to prevent Western cultural collapse – makes the case for populist nationalism | The Gateway expert

Discussing populism, conservative betrayal, and the left, Steve Bannon shares his views on how real change can happen. (Screenshot: GB News)

In a recent interview on GB News America with Steven EdgintonFormer Trump adviser Steve Bannon delivered scathing criticism of conservative parties in Britain and the US, accusing them of betraying their voters and failing to deliver on their promises.

Bannon emphasized the need for grassroots movements and political will to bring about meaningful change.

Bannon opened the discussion by distinguishing himself from traditional conservatives and identifying instead as a populist nationalist.

He argued that conservative parties worldwide have become 'controlled opposition', unwilling to take the necessary measures to bring about real change. This failure, he claimed, has led to a significant loss of confidence among voters and the rise of populist movements.

“I'm not a conservative; I am a populist nationalist. I mean, the Conservatives are so-called controlled opposition. They are afraid to take the actions they need to take. This is why the conservatives in Europe have been overthrown by what they call right-wing parties, these populist nationalists. You call it the sovereignty movement; here we call populism nationalism,” Bannon said.

Focusing on Britain, Bannon criticized the Tory Party for shifting to the centre-left and failing to uphold the policies set out in their 2010 manifesto. He highlighted their inability to address key issues such as immigration and economic policy, leading to a disconnect with their voter base. According to Bannon, this betrayal is rooted in cowardice and a lack of political will.

For context, the Tories were a loosely organized political faction and later a political party in the parliaments of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom.

The Tory Party has become “a centre-left party”. And until recently, every time they had to make a difficult decision to save themselves, they blinked,” Bannon said.

Bannon drew historical parallels, comparing modern conservatives to those in 1940 who hesitated to confront Hitler. He argued that the failure to address immigration issues has been a significant betrayal of conservative parties.

Bannon also referenced the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution, suggesting that significant political change often requires a small, committed group willing to act ruthlessly. He warned that without such determination, conservative parties are doomed to failure.

Bannon emphasized the importance of grassroots movements in taking control of political parties. He praised the efforts of populist nationalist movements in Europe and the US and cited the takeover of the Republican Party by grassroots activists as a model for others to follow.

“Look at the arc we've come, especially in taking over the Republican Party: firing McCarthy — the first time a Speaker of the House of Representatives has ever been fired in the history of the Republic — getting rid of Mitch McConnell and throwing out the RNC.

“We have reached new levels because we have taken over the basics. We have a true populist-nationalist movement, and we have a leader in President Trump who is as close to a populist and economic nationalist as you can get in the current environment. The Conservatives have done exactly the opposite. I mean, the Conservatives are a perfect example of a Tory party,” Bannon said.

In an in-depth reflection on the challenges of conservatism, Edginton questions the long-held belief that the 1960s alone marked the beginning of a cultural decline.

“Many conservatives today, in Britain and America, blame the 1960s as an era for why there has been a cultural decline from a conservative and socially conservative perspective, whether it be sexual revolution or civil rights, Edginton asked.

Yet Bannon extends this timeline further back, marking the era after World War II and the assassinations of prominent figures such as JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as the real catalysts. He points to these assassinations, particularly that of JFK, which he controversially claims involved CIA-led regime change tactics just as the Western cultural fabric was beginning to unravel, leading to the Vietnam War and civil unrest around the world.

But Bannon doesn't just stop at identifying historical moments; he accuses today's conservative leaders of inertia. In a fiery critique, he accuses them of failing to act decisively and instead resorting to intellectual exercises such as drafting white papers and attending conferences.

Bannon: “Do you know why they didn't do anything? Because it's too damn hard. They are cowardly. The reason this country, and the West in general, is in the shape it is in is because the Conservatives, who had a good game about doing better, didn't have the strength to sit there, fight and no to say.

And this is why mothers go to school boards to throw out pornography. The reason we win in the United States is that we are not dependent on a conservative elite that is cowardly and worthless.

We depend on mothers and fathers and school boards. We depend on working class people taking the extra time to follow the district's strategy because they said, “Hey, we're willing to stand up and fight and not let our country be taken.” And that's what's important. Everything else is just a conversation. You have to have the political will and the muscle to sit there and say, “They can call me a racist, a nativist, a xenophobe, a sexist, a homophobe – all of them.” If they resort to name-calling, it means they have lost the argument and we are winning.

You have to pull that, you have to puncture the boil and suck the pus out of the system. And the Conservatives are not willing to do that. They will curl up in the fetal position because they will not be acceptable with the bats. You have to get over it.

You have to understand that we are unclubable, and we are damn proud of that, okay? And we are going to save our country. Ultimately, the leaders in England will rise up and come to the fore and save the United Kingdom.”

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