• A Handy Definition of the “Deep State”

    February 6, 2018

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

    I ran into this, from Caitlin Johnstone, and thought it worth sharing:

    The term “deep state” does not mean “Democrats and Never-Trumpers” as Republican pundits would have you believe, nor does the term refer to any kind of weird, unverifiable conspiracy theory. The deep state is in fact not a conspiracy theory at all, but simply a concept used in political analysis for discussing the undeniable fact that unelected power structures exist in America, and that they tend to form alliances and work together in some sense. There is no denying the fact that plutocrats, intelligence agencies, defense agencies and the mass media are both powerful and unelected, and there is no denying the fact that there are many convoluted and often conflicting alliances between them. All that can be debated is the manner and extent to which this is happening.

    The deep state is America’s permanent government, the U.S. power structures that Americans don’t elect. These power structures plainly have a vested interest in keeping America’s Orwellian surveillance structures in place, as evidenced by the intelligence community’s menacingly urgent demand for FISA renewal back in December. If there’s any thread to be pulled that really could make waves in the way Official Washington (hat tip to the late Robert Parry) operates, it is in the plot holes between the bipartisan scramble toward unconditional surveillance renewal and the highly partisan battle over exposing the abuse of those very powers.

    If we’re going to see a gap in the bars of our cages, that’s a great place to keep our eyes trained, so keep watching. Watch what happens in a partisan war where both parties have a simultaneous interest in revealing as little of the game as possible and exposing the other party. Things could get very interesting.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Both parties are the same party.

      “Government is the Entertainment Division of the military-surveillance-industrial complex.”

      02/6/18 9:06 AM | Comment Link

    • Joe said...


      An interesting example of how the “Deep State” really works (generally speaking) was the old BBC show “Yes, Minister.” In this case the writers actually managed to make the the ever changing relationship between the British civil service and elected politicians quite funny, while also keeping it very realistic – sometimes they were allies and sometimes they were on opposite sides of an issue, but they could always agree on some sort of compromise that would protect their respective rice bowls, usually at the expanse of the general public they were all theoretically serving. Politicians come and go, but the civil service etc. is eternal – and very definitely has its own agenda! Too bad real life isn’t as humorous as this show was.

      02/6/18 1:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Deep State is just an extension of the revolving door corruption of the MIC. The whores in Congress enable it.

      02/6/18 6:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Money for nothin: The little dick-tator says he is gonna make Russia pay for his military parade.

      02/7/18 11:59 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Just imagine what those soldiers are thinking when they pass by the great draftdodger.

      02/8/18 7:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Just imagine what those soldiers are thinking when they parade past the great draftdodger.

      02/8/18 7:53 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Trump may open citizenship to any DACA who agrees to serve
      in the military so they will gladly salute him in any mandatory parade. “You mean I can become a merikun if I agree to kill innocents in foreign lands. Sounds good!”

      02/9/18 1:54 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Totally related to this goofy empire. Musk just put a Tesla roadster into the Sun’s orbit. So he just has to piss in deep space beyond gravity to make his mark? How pathetic.

      02/9/18 6:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...



      You have to admit seeing those boosters return to the launchpad was out of this world.

      02/10/18 7:18 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- I just think of all that toxic ignited rocket fuel being released into the biosphere. That is worse than dieselgate. Poisoning our air so we can “reach” the stars. How insane.

      02/10/18 9:46 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Down to earth: NASA rocket fuel poison- trichloroethylene- is soaking the earth and killing people at the Cape too. Cancer rates are sky high.

      02/10/18 1:36 PM | Comment Link

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