Outing the Deep State
by Robert Koehler
There has always been a "deep state," as
And what is this going to take? Can good will and big principles stand up to
The significance of Lofgren's thesis is that we have to look well beyond the known world of governmental procedures, the electoral process and the mainstream media to begin effecting serious change. All of this has been effectively gamed and controlled by the deep state's interests. In other words, no matter how broke or paralyzed by partisan bickering the country is, there's always money available, without controversy or opposition, for war and overblown "security."
In recent years, as Lofgren points out, while headlines blared "austerity" and "debt ceiling" and "budget crisis," while our infrastructure was collapsing and schools were closing, the resources were available to overthrow the Gaddafi regime in
"Yes," Lofgren writes, "there is another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of
He defines the deep state as a vast amalgam of government and corporate interests:
This amalgam, he writes, "floats freely above the gridlock between both ends of
More than half a century ago, a departing
The deep state rolls on, oblivious to the harm it causes. Unchecked by regulation or any sort of old-fashioned integrity, it poisons the environment and consumes our dwindling global resources with impunity. It's accountable, seemingly, only to reality itself: Once the global ecosystem collapses, everyone loses.
So here we are, fellow citizens of the world. We're all caught in the paradox, both horrified by and, to some extent, temporarily benefiting from the situation. While the matter appears to be impenetrable, I do not write these words with pessimism, if only because pessimism -- despair -- serves inertia and, therefore, the deep state.
My faith is that conscious effort will ally with necessity and the human race will wind up transcending the smallness of its current governing vision: the nation-state, capitalism, a culture based on domination. Millions of people around the world are already open to a larger vision of our presence on this planet and many have devoted their lives to opposing war and the countless ways we're wrecking our physical and spiritual habitat.
The victories seem small compared to what's at stake, which is the future, and compared to the financial and political enormity of the opposition: the deep state and its interest in fomenting conflict and expanding militarism. We live in a socially and environmentally unstable world.
But war is not inevitable, neither this one nor the next one. The deep state has been outed, its real interests becoming ever more transparent. No matter what happens in the short term, this is not the time to let up.
The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight