This is an interesting and highly cited read from PolitiFact.
Source: Are there white nationalists in the White House? | PolitiFact
The article carefully looks at the evidence and cites a variety of experts.
The conclusion is that there are no white nationalists at the White House although the four experts believe several players are close. For example, Steve Bannon is cited as a ‘nationalist’, rather than a ‘white nationalist’ although the article recognizes that the two are pretty close.
For me, the article is splitting too many hairs, talking to too many experts. There’s too much cancatonation of opinions and not enough rigorous analysis.
My conclusion is simple, the Far Right of US politics is currently in power in America and this is both bad for the US and the world. Debating which brand of Far Right politics is of little concern to those threatened by the ugly repression. Surely, this would be supported by the editors of most mainstream liberal newspapers around the world?
For a more comprehensive and intellectual analysis, see ‘Radical Right US’ or the ‘Alt Right‘. Another perspective might be to look at alternative definitions of fascism. Finally, for a detailed review of the international research literature on ‘radical right wing politics’, open this link.
To understand what is happening in America one needs to look at history.
Hitler and Mussolini, in their day, promised a solution to creating jobs for the masses, based on war and the persecution of minorities, what Hitler used to call the “lower orders”.
Trump promises to “Bring the jobs back from China” but says nothing about India or Vietnam.
He knows that with robotics, automation, AI and cybernetics that this is impossible, so he demonises Mexicans and all sorts of people, whom he and his family are happy enough to employ on building his hotels, golf resorts and licenced buildings bearing his name.
To some extent, he is a prisoner of Steve Bannon, the man who mobilised the two million unemployed white men who had not voted for 20 years.
There are no fascists or neofascists in the White House but there are people who let it flourish in the country at large as a safety valve in much the same way as Roman emperors used to stage gladitorial combats in the Arena as a way to distract the people from their lot.
Demographics will overwhelm the situation by 2042, just 24 years and 8 months from now, because by then blacks and Hispanics will outnumber whites in America.
Unrealistic promises have been made to poor white people, so with Obamacare stripped back, no insurance provision for the unemployed full stop, the plan is to effectively let these people die off through the ingestion of drugs, alchohol consumption and no healthcare provision.
Obviously, they are going to get angry and people in the White House are happy to harvest that anger for their own ends, in common with David Duke, the ageing, former leader of the Klu Klux Klan. an organisation created by General Albert Pike, after the end of the American Civil War, along with the blueprint for three World Wars, which is contained in his letter to Mazzini in 1871.
What happened in Charlottesville will happen again in other parts of America as a distraction from the failure of the American Government in common with all other governments outside of China to prepare people for a jobless future.
Those in the White House now including Trump are in “Pontius Pilate” hand washing mode finger pointing at angry misguided young men and older ones that they have tricked into believing that economic salvation and jobs were at hand.
At some point a war in a distant place will be engineered and the right wing anger in these angriest of young men will be channeled into fighting terrorists.
This was the philosophy behind the Hitler youth,the SS and the use of Stormtroopers. The methodology will be more sophisticated and some jobs in armaments factories will temporarily created, thus creating the illusion that economics policies are working and that “jobs are being brought back” as promised.
By then Trump may well have gone, only to be replaced by Pence, or perhaps Tillerson, who speaks more quietly than Trump.
Dr Alf is right to be concerned because there is not that much difference between these right wing groups and because they are all being orchestrated for nefarious ends by people with malevolent intent.