Last night many people protested against former Trump administration chief strategist and Bolsonaro adviser Steve Bannon and former Bush speechwriter David Frum who were invited to the Munk Debates at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. We republish a piece of Aleksandar Hemon on the problem of civility. Hemon was a published writer in former Yugoslavia by the time he was 26. Since 1992 he lives in the United States, where he found himself as a tourist and became stranded at the outbreak of the war in Bosnia. In his piece below Hemon says: “The idea that we’re all in this together and that we must keep talking is dangerous, just as my commitment to friendship was, because we might find ourselves wasting time and anger on a fundamentally unbalanced dialogue, where one side is armed with ideas, and the other is armed with weapons.” We added some tweets of last nights protests against Bannon in Toronto to Hemon’s piece.
Steve Bannon is a former campaign and political advisor to current US President Donald Trump and co-founder of the alt-right media platform Breitbart News. He was also involved in Bolsonaro’s election campaign in Brazil. On November 2 Bannon will visit Toronto. Toronto Against Fascismis calling for counter protests.
In Charlottesville, Virginia 32 year old anti-racist Heather Heyer was run down with a car at an anti-fascist protest on August 12. This murder by a white supremacist touched off a fury of democratic rhetoric by the very political forces that have cultivated this political violence for decades.
With all the noise emanating from Trump’s Twitter account it is interesting to find that Steven Bannon’s account is almost silent. Not interesting in a surprising way but definitely illuminating — indeed a perfect metaphor for how he lurks quietly within Trump’s agenda.