Breitbart News Executive Director Steve Bannon has frequently offered criticism toward libertarians for being too concerned with the economy and not concerned enough about the nation or the culture. He echoed these familiar sentiments during a recent speech to the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim on Oct. 20.
“This kind of Austrian School of economics, this kind of Ayn Rand, you know, where everything was about the economy. What was most important six weeks before the election — gotta see what the unemployment rate is, it’s GDP as everything,” Bannon said, saying these notions were “very dangerous.”
“We are not an economy. We are a country. We have a social fabric and a civic responsibility,” Bannon said.
Nevertheless, Bannon sees libertarians and limited government conservatives as integral parts of a coalition that he feels can dominate American politics throughout the next generation.
“Donald Trump, the whole campaign, and this is why it had to be a coalition. This is why it had to be the Republican establishment, it had to be limited-government conservatives, it had to be libertarians, it had to be populists, it had to be economic nationalists, it had to be evangelical Christians,” Bannon said.
“If you have the wisdom, the strength, the tenacity to hold that coalition together, we will govern for 50 to 75 years. And it’s not going to be easy. Not everybody agrees on everything, right?” Bannon asked the audience.
From here, he began to extend an olive branch to libertarians and limited government conservatives. He brought up anti-tax lobbyist and staunch free market advocate, Grover Norquist as an example of an individual who – despite a fair share of disagreements regarding policy – is an indispensable part of the coalition he envisions. Bannon said Norquist was “one of the greatest guys on taxes around” while addressing California Republicans.
“The economic nationalists don’t agree with the libertarians, the libertarians don’t agree with the limited government conservatives,” Bannon said. “Often times we have a lot of different opinions on foreign policy. But we agree on enough stuff that we combine together.”
Bannon slammed a wide variety of targets during his speech including Silicon Valley technocrats, George W. Bush’s legacy, the establishment Republicans, and globalist foreigners. The entirety of the speech can be viewed here.