It's hard to sift out what is noise, hyperbole and propaganda when it comes to the stuff I've read on Bannon because much of the material is mired in US political polemics but taken at face value, this guy seems to genuinely want WWIII.
If he is truly an ideologue and the puppet master behind Trump, we're screwed...
I wish I could find it now or remember where I read it, but one article basically outlined that Bannon thinks there are major cycles of destruction and rebuilding in American history, and that the 2008 financial meltdown was the most recent event. As a result, he thinks we're in a period of rebuilding and he intends to rebuild with an "America first" attitude. Which means, fuck globalization and screw everyone who isn't an American nationalist. I think Bannon is the most dangerous out of the Unholy Trinity of Trump, Bannon, and Pence.
I do also think that we are seeing the rise of some form of fascism in the U.S. We're seeing (rather ham-fisted) attempts to bully and silence the media and other opponents of the administration, to delegitimize the courts, and perpetration some of the most blatantly outright lies I think I've ever seen in American politics. It's like if I guy walked right up to you and punched you in the nose for no reason, and you exclaim, "Hey, what the hell?! Why did you hit me?" And then he replies with a straight face, "I didn't hit you," and then he emphatically sticks to that story no matter how much you argue.
I sort of expected something like this after the Iraq war and the last Bush administration, but 8 years of Obama got me used to a different pattern, so seeing this blatant crap rise so abruptly has still got me in a bit of state of shock. Really the only positive thing we've got going is that at least some of this stuff is happening very publicly and in such a bumbling way that a lot of people see the warning signs, and it's not too late to curb the administration's power before they completely go off the rails. Kind of scares me, though, what might be going on behind the scenes that we don't know about.