Zach Dasher, nephew of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, joined SirusXM host Stephen K. Bannon on Monday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily to discuss the Cannes debut of Torchbearer, which counts both Bannon and Dasher among its production team.
“I thought it went great, Steve. I thought it was very well-received,” said Dasher.
Bannon noted that the film has been in production for more than a year, but the timing of its release worked out extremely well, with social issues such as the transgender bathroom war dominating the headlines.
“You take this transgender debate, for example,” said Dasher, going on to state:
I think that actually hits right at the core of what this film is about, which is essentially this: that there has to be some non-arbitrary anchor for reality. There has to be some standard. There has to be something, some benchmark, to which we can base things on. If we determine reality for ourselves, then the case we make in the film is that it’s going to be the strongest among us who will determine that, and that reality may be the value of your life.
“So you look at places like Auschwitz, in Germany, when Adolph Hitler rose to power – he rose to power out of a worldview that basically says man determines our rights, instead of God,” Dasher said, adding:
So take the transgender situation, for example. Again, we’re attempting to claim now in our culture that we can bypass reality, we can bypass genetic science, and now we can determine our gender however we want to determine it – and then we can also force others to celebrate the decision we’ve made. It’s just insanity.
Bannon noted that the film was largely made in Europe and has a “strong European-centric nature to it,” which Dasher explained was important because Europe has so often served as a leading indicator of cultural trends across the Western world.
“Europe of the past is the warning for America of the future,” he said, and elaborated:
Take, for example, the French Revolution. This was a great idea on paper. It was a constitutional social contract theory a lot like America. The only difference was that they anchored it in man. They didn’t anchor it in God, whereas the American Revolution was founded on the idea – same thing, social contract, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, all that business. The only difference was that we had a Declaration of Independence that says this whole thing’s built upon the idea that men’s rights don’t come from other men. They don’t come from kings. They come from God.
“So when we kicked out King George the tyrant, the result was the greatest expansion in prosperity, and innovation, and civilization the world’s ever known,” Dasher continued. “You juxtapose that to the French Revolution – when they accomplished the same exact thing we accomplished; they just started from a different premise. Their result was that when the new power brokers got in power, they started chopping off people’s heads.” He then asserted that “they were worse tyrants than King Louis ever thought about being.”
“Europe is the prototype for what happens whenever you remove God as the foundation of your system,” he concluded.
Breitbart News Daily airs on SiriusXM Patriot 125 weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern.