What Is ‘Ethno-Nationalism’?

For at least a decade there have been accusations thrown around by the two so-called parties about each others agendas…..on the Right they seem to prefer the term “socialist” without knowing exactly what a socialist is all about…..and then on the Left they want to use the term “racist” or Fascist”……In my opinion both are wrong….so wrong….

After his election, Trump made his campaign dude, Bannon, his adviser….which was a smart move for the position does not need Congressional confirmation…..but once he was named the terms started flying around like flies on a turd.

This article appears in The American Conservative (yes I read that publication….surprise….surprise)…..

According to recent reports in the mainstream media, Steve Bannon is a supporter of “ethno-nationalism,” and that is scary. It is also, since everything the left doesn’t like is slapped with this label, “racist.” Sometimes, the word “white” is thrown in the mix of charges to make them extra scary, as in this tweet from the Southern Poverty Law Center. (If Bannon is a “white nationalist,” what work is “ethno” doing in that tweet? Or if he is really an “ethno-nationalist,” why is “white” thrown in except as a propaganda technique?)

To make their point, people are citing quotes from Bannon like this one: “‘When two-thirds or three-quarters of the C.E.O.s in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think …’ he said, trailing off midsentence before continuing a moment later, ‘a country is more than an economy. We’re a civic society.’”

Source: What Is ‘Ethno-Nationalism’? | The American Conservative

I am not sure that I will agree with their conclusions but I felt that they needed some exposure…..it still sounds like a code word to me…

If I had heard this piece on audio only I would have sworn that was a piece by Pat Buchanan.

Below is an op-ed, not mine, on some afterthoughts of the Trump victory….

I was in the lobby of a theatre this week after the election, having an honest talk about Donald Trump. A lady came over to me and my friends and whispered, “keep your voice down or you’ll get arrested.” I told her she was being ridiculous and she responded that we all had to be careful. He would arrest his critics. I understand some people are upset. I’m upset. But paranoia leads to isolation. The worst thing we can do is silence ourselves, to act as if the danger is worse than it is. There are real problems. Let’s not pretend to have problems that don’t exist.

So what is the situation that shows itself in the election of Donald Trump?

Source: What Comes After Denial? Thoughts on Donald Trump’s Movement – Amor Mundi – Medium


5 thoughts on “What Is ‘Ethno-Nationalism’?

  1. Paranoia also closes our minds to what could be positive alternatives and solutions to some of our real problems, not the fake ones like being arrested for being a Trump critic.

  2. I’ll confess to skipping the articles you gave links to, for the simple reason the phrase is self-explanatory to me. It’s a label, you see, and like any other label, it attempts to condition the listener to place whomever is in the labeled group into a slot, where certain preconceived notions determine the judgment made about the people in the group. This allows the listener to not only ignore any real, true information about the people/group, but to remove any consideration of their views or beliefs, or, worth. In short, it is a way to apply one’s own prejudices to manipulate the opinions of others….

    Since, in my mind, and world, people don’t easily fit into pre-arranged slots, I prefer to ignore any labels people apply, because, the mere act of applying the label is an attempt to control my mind, and that just isn’t going to happen, if I have any say in the matter. I’ve had a lot of practice at that, so, it’s getting pretty easy to spot…. It’s all a distraction from anything true, or real, so, it’s best to just take it in, and let it go….

    People be people; or, as Popeye was fond of saying: “I yam what I yam, and that’s all I yam.”….

    gigoid, the dubious

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