This doesn’t come as a surprise to me:
“But Breitbart and Bannon recently severed ties with Nehlen. Schwartz told CNN the decision was made earlier this month after Bannon was alerted that Nehlen had appeared on a white nationalist podcast.
Nehlen, who previously published material on Breitbart, has seen his author page scrubbed entirely from the far-right website. Moreover, Joel Pollak, a senior editor at Breitbart, publicly denounced Nehlen on Twitter.
“We don’t support him,” Pollak tweeted late Tuesday night, adding that Nehlen had “disqualified” himself.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Breitbart had not denounced Nehlen on its website. A Google search returned no articles this week about Nehlen’s latest tweets or statements.
Neither a spokesperson for Bannon nor Breitbart responded to a request for comment. …”
In the previous article, I raised the question of where Trump’s disillusioned “nationalist and populist” followers would go in the wake of MAGA. Steve Bannon throwing Paul Nehlen under the bus for flirting with the Alt-Right is a kind of Ghost of Christmas Future.
Every previous wave of rightwing discontent has been coopted and purged by the conservative establishment. It happened with David Duke, Sam Francis and Pat Buchanan in the 1990s. It happened with Ron Paul and his followers in 2008 and 2012. It happened with Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party after 2010. In hindsight, paleoconservatism, libertarianism and the Tea Party were merely holding tanks for rightwing populism. The same is true of MAGA on a much larger scale.
The ultimate enemy – the Emanuel Goldstein of conservatism – is White Nationalism. Over the years, this beast has become more fearsome and powerful as wave after wave of refugees has ultimately landed here. When heretics are purged from mainstream conservatism, they never really go away. Now in the “Alt-Right” incarnation, it has developed a heretical worldview on immigration, trade and foreign policy, which it inherited from paleoconservatism. From libertarianism, it has inherited a humorous, irreverent tone, a love of transgressing taboos and a reflexive opposition to wars.
MAGA is a superficial attempt to coopt the Alt-Right: in rhetoric, it is “America First” in foreign policy, but in substance it is always “Israel First.” In rhetoric, it is for the White working class and against the globalists, but in substance it is for aggressive neoliberal corporate tax cuts, deregulation and renegotiating free trade deals. In rhetoric, it is for “free speech,” but in substance it never challenges political correctness. In rhetoric, it is against endless foreign wars, but in substance it is the same old bellicose Reaganite foreign policy that is always threatening Iran, Venezuela, Syria and Russia.
Over the course of 2017, the differences between MAGA and the Alt-Right have become harder to conceal: the latter was outraged by the Syria strike while the former saw it as a sign that “America is back.” The latter groaned about healthcare reform and the tax bill while the former celebrated it as a great success. The latter sees the betrayal of populist campaign promises while the former has because indistinguishable from cuckservatism. MILO was the mascot of the Alt-Lite because he is a glittering con artist. No wonder Steve Bannon was so fond of him and believed he had so much potential.
Steve Bannon’s purge of Paul Nehlen is revealing because it is one of the most vivid illustrations yet that MAGA or the Alt-Lite – we’re talking about the same thing here – is nothing more than the same old conservatism. It even purges people like cuckservatism for crossing the same lines. At the end of the day, it is the same Jew-controlled scam being marketed with a new set of dog whistles to appeal to a more racially conscious audience. It is crystal clear who cracks the whip at Breitbart.
Paul Nehlen has been purged by General Bannon, but he rides eternal with us, shiny and chrome.
Note: The Times of Israel has a new article about how Breitbart’s senior editor Joel Pollak got “woke” in South Africa and volunteered for Antifa’s predecessors.
I also loved this article by Eric Striker at Daily Stormer about how the Alt-Lite is “repackaging Ronald Reaganism using power washed versions of our memes.” I think here of Paul Joseph Watson’s video about the soyboy meme. It was a revealing example of how the substance of mainstream conservatism has remained the same, but the style has changed in the Trump era.