Taking Bannon's Economic Nationalism Seriously

Taking Bannon's Economic Nationalism Seriously
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It's an out-of-body experience when the reporter becomes the story. That's what happened to me last week when Stephen Bannon chose me to telephone—for a friend-seeking conversation that turned into his own self-immolation.

In the course of interviewing Bannon, and subsequently appearing on several TV and radio discussions to assess what had happened, I found myself taking a much closer look at Bannon and his modus operandi. The indispensable guide to the back story is Josh Green's terrific book Devil's Bargain, which recounts how Bannon built Breitbart News into an organizing machine that would turn alienated fringe elements into an army of shock troops for Trump.

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