Steve Bannon is making claims that he wants to battle George Soros by creating a political NGO. It sounds to me like what Bannon is doing is attempting to emulate the tactics and organizational structure of the left which they have used effectively to spread their tentacles into every arena of politics:
Trump’s former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent starting with the European Parliament elections next spring.
The non-profit will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research for a ragtag band of right-wingers who are surging all over Europe, in many cases without professional political structures or significant budgets.
Bannon’s ambition is for his organization ultimately to rival the impact of Soros’s Open Society, which has given away $32 billion to largely liberal causes since it was established in 1984.
Over the past year, Bannon has held talks with right-wing groups across the continent from Nigel Farage and members of Marine Le Pen’s Front National (recently renamed Rassemblement National) in the West, to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the Polish populists in the East.
He envisions a right-wing “supergroup” within the European Parliament that could attract as many as a third of the lawmakers after next May’s Europe-wide elections. A united populist bloc of that size would have the ability to seriously disrupt parliamentary proceedings, potentially granting Bannon huge power within the populist movement.
Can he pull it off? I sure hope so. A lot of work must be done to create a structure as strong and and connected as Soros’ network of NGOs is. The main difference is that I have the impression Bannon is moving very quickly and openly, whereas Soros spent many years building his influence in a low key manner.
Like him or hate him, there is nothing “low key” about Steve Bannon!
Regardless of who does it, we desperately need to catch up to the left in organizational capacity, and what Bannon is doing seems like a crucial step if he can pull it off.