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For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a "democratic recession".Some have claimed that Bannon, since leaving the administration, is simply unimportant and irrelevant and thus shouldn't be given a microphone.The reality is that the people running The Economist, The Financial Times, "60 Minutes," The New Yorker and many others who have recently sought to feature Bannon know that he is an intelligent and influential ideologist, a man who built the largest media platform for the new right, ran Trump's successful campaign before serving in the White House, and continues to articulate and energize the populism that's been on the rise throughout the Western world. The real fear that many on the left have is not that Bannon is dull and uninteresting, but the opposite – that his ideas will prove seductive and persuasive to too many people. In fact, by trying to suppress Bannon and others on the right, liberals are likely making their ideas seem more potent.
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