We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld

Click here to access article by Peter Dale Scott from The Asia-Pacific Journal.

This former Canadian diplomat and retired professor from UC Berkeley has scored another hit by uncovering so much documented evidence that supports the insight that official government in the US along with political parties and well managed elections are facades to dupe people into believing all the lies and pretensions about democratic rule, the rule of law, and the very legitimacy of the existing US political institutions. 

Any class-structured society is immediately upon its founding embarked on a course where that society is bifurcated into the powerful and the powerless, and in capitalist societies, also into the super-rich and the poor. Hence, the seeds for this monstrous societal plant were sown at the very beginning in 1781 by establishing concepts and institutions to promote the private ownership of the economy--something that is inherently social. This arrangement immediately divided society into essentially two populations--a few landowning-slave owning rich like Washington and Hamilton and many who were indentured workers, slaves, and poor farmers. The dynamics of capitalism which by its nature promotes the concentration of private wealth has inevitably created the world we have today. 

Scott's history of this shadow government mostly goes back to the post-WWII period when the many of the world's nations lay in ruin and, thus so vulnerable. The American people were not sufficiently predisposed to empire building so that our masters in the ruling class had to construct an alternative, secret government in order to construct their US based capitalist Empire which would, in turn, make them overwhelmingly powerful and rich.  The Dulles brothers starred in this effort.

The only criticism I have of this report is that it is unnecessarily long. You can easily skip the first part and start with the second section entitled "The Deep State, The Shadow Government and the Wall Street Overworld". It seems to me that the term "The deep state" is really only a more polite term for "shadow government" which is much more disturbing.
In this essay I shall use “deep state” in the larger sense, to include both the second level of secret government inside Washington and those outsiders powerful enough, in either the underworld or overworld, to give it direction. In short I shall equate the term “deep state” with what in 1993 I termed a “deep political system:” “ one which habitually resorts to decision-making and enforcement procedures outside as well as inside those publicly sanctioned by law and society.”