Everyone has some sort of world view however simple or complex. We all have a feeling for “how things work” and “how things should work” in ways that orient our lives and our views toward our political system. In the class I teach I try and contrast what I call the “conspiracy” world view with various “political” world views. I think the biggest difference is that the conspiracy view always has some very powerful single center of control. If you take a look at the populism note from yesterday you see that populism needs “the real people” and “the other” with the other various things in various theories — for example “the deep state” or “ISIS”. I don’t know how solid President Trump’s world view is but I do know that if you say things long enough you come to believe them and have to do them. The best way to get at a long explanation of the current world view is through the speeches of Steve Bannon. Here is a transcript of his CPAC speech and here is a transcript of his Vatican Speech from 2014. It is striking how negative he sees the direction of the world. He has some interesting things to say about Capitalism but very much feels as if the world is in a very dark place and the West is in danger due to a decline of:
And I believe we’ve come partly offtrack in the years since the fall of the Soviet Union and we’re starting now in the 21st century, which I believe, strongly, is a crisis both of our church, a crisis of our faith, a crisis of the West, a crisis of capitalism.
CPAC Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkUPWb_TKS0