The World Of The “Deep State”

Now there is a term that is being used way too much these days…..just a decade ago it was used mostly by people that did analysis for think tanks….but thanks to this past election it has made its way into the main stream.

The problem is there are not many Americans that are aware of what this term actually means…..

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power

Source: Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State |

What got me to thinking about the term “Deep State” was a post I read on Washington Blog……

I have long held that America’s Deep State–the unelected National Security State often referred to as the Shadow Government–is not a unified monolith but a deeply divided ecosystem in which the dominant Neocon-Neoliberal Oligarchy is being challenged by elements which view the Neocon-Neoliberal agenda as a threat to national security and the interests of the United States.

I call these anti-Neocon-Neoliberal elements the progressive Deep State.

If you want a working definition of the Neocon-Neoliberal Deep State, Hillary Clinton’s quip–we came, we saw, he died–is a good summary: a bullying, arrogance-soaked state-within-a-state pursuing an agenda of ceaseless intervention while operating a global Murder, Inc., supremely confident that no one in the elected government can touch them.

Source: Trump Aims to Cut the Neocon Deep State Off at the Knees

The Deep State has been a fixture that most Americans were unaware of in the past……It will be interesting to see if Trump has it in his playbook top neutralize this group.  It has even invaded the political parties (if we call them that)…..

Crooked elections and wars with nuclear-armed countries are not supported by the base of either party, nor are they part of any party’s platform.  Whose agenda are they serving?

I had been hearing, off and on, about the Deep State, so I Googled and found an essay from 2014 on Moyers & Company called Anatomy of the Deep State by former Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren.

Source: U.S. Political Parties and the Deep State – LA Progressive

I am guessing that we will become far more familiar with the term “Deep State” in the next 4 years…..

4 thoughts on “The World Of The “Deep State”

  1. There’s a “romantic” element people get off on when “dark” terms are bandied about to describe something that otherwise is just part and parcel of the ordinary – I guess it breaks the monotony of the dullness of most politics. The deep state, or shadow government is simply, and always, a part of any power system, whether it’s the court of Louis XIII in the person of Cardinal Richelieu, or the “KGB” under Stalin or whomever/whatever support US administrations of government. I call it the bureaucracy, pure and simple. It has, of course, it’s own hierarchy, with its own top-down directorship and it is, of course, obviously and naturally, non-elected and accountable only to itself unless a very strong leader arises in the elected part who decides it’s time to clean up the dangerous (to himself), or dead, wood. The real “deep state” is that which remains at the helm regardless of surface changes in the electoral/visible aspect of government. The same is true of any church or corporate organizations: they all have to have their “deep state” or shadow government. The front guys? For the most part, unless they’re powerful dictators arisen from the “deep state” themselve, just window dressing. This has always been and as long as we have these mega organizations like governments, will always be.

  2. The fallacy that governments actually operate without these agencies (anywhere) is plain to see. In reality, it is those ‘deep state’ agencies that run things, and the governments are simply the acceptable ‘shop window’, to present to the gullible public. This creates jealousies and competition within those same agencies, and when that breaks down, the country tends to end up in upheaval. That has been the case for centuries, as far as I can tell.
    Regards, Pete.

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