Steve Bannon is a Leninist who is not that unlike the radical leftists in the Weather Underground: author
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Longtime Trump advisor Steve Bannon was likened to militant 1960s leftist in a new analysis published by The Bulwark.

Ronald Radosh, author of Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left, liked Bannon to the Weather Underground.

"Bannon spelled out his plans and strategy to me way back on November 12, 2013, at a book party held at his D.C. townhouse (the so-called 'Breitbart Embassy'). 'I'm a Leninist,' he told me as he introduced himself," Radosh explained. "He then went on, as I recounted in a 2016 Daily Beast article, to inform me that '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.' The 'establishment' included the GOP leaders and what others considered the conservative press. National Review and the Weekly Standard were, in Bannon's eyes, 'left-wing magazines.'"

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"Above all, Bannon's Leninist tactics led him to take the strategy for his populist campaign from the most extreme leftists in the 1960s: the Weathermen, later the Weather Underground," Radosh wrote. "He echoed particularly the New Left's most visible and potent leader, Tom Hayden. As David Frum noted in the Atlantic, Bannon's antics are reminiscent of the Chicago Seven, the defendants (including Hayden) in the 1969-70 trial recently glamorized in Aaron Sorkin's Netflix movie. In that trial, the defense ignored the law and normal courtroom procedures to stage what Frum calls a 'media spectacle intended to show total contempt for the rules, and to propagandize the viewing public into sharing their contempt.'"

Radosh noted a speech Bannon delivered at a Tea Party rally in New York City more than a decade ago.

"Bannon ended his 2010 speech with a reference to the left-wing terrorists lifted from Bob Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'—'It doesn't take a weather man to tell you which way the wind blows'—and then an even more explicit, if somewhat obscure reference, to the Weathermen: 'The winds blowing off the high plains of this country, through the prairie, and lighting a fire that's gonna burn all the way to Washington in November.' Although his audience may not have gotten the reference, Bannon was saying that he and the Tea Party were revolutionaries, a new right-wing version of the Weather Underground, who also want to bring down the system," Radosh wrote. "The publication in which the Weather Underground spread its ideas was named Prairie Fire because, they wrote, 'a single spark can start a prairie fire.'"

Read the full analysis.