The seventh “blind” man is former Republican congressional aide Mike Lofgren whose 2016 book titled The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government describes the deep state as a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies, hiding in plain sight, which Lofgren cites as “The Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Justice Department, are all part of the Deep State. We also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its extensive bureaucracy devoted to enforcing international economic sanctions, and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.”
Lofgren sees the deep state’s foundation as ultimately built on Wall Street because of the incredible amount of money it generates, allowing it to provide comfortable retirement jobs to those within the government and military.
Lofgren details how this amorphous deep state and all of these agencies “are coordinated by the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council.”
Even the visible government is not immune: “Certain key areas of the judiciary [also] belong to the Deep State, like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court), whose actions are mysterious even to most members of Congress. Also included are a handful of vital federal trial courts, such as the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Manhattan, where sensitive proceedings in national security cases are conducted.”
The deep state’s government agencies have a symbiotic relationship with private enterprise, which Lofgren specifically designates as, the “military-industrial complex, Wall Street, and…..Silicon Valley.” The CIA and NSA are especially dependent on Silicon Valley. Lofgren explains how “After Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent and depth of surveillance by the National Security Agency, it has become publicly evident that Silicon Valley is a vital node of the Deep State as well.” The deep state has also grown to control Congress, its leadership, and some of the members of the Defense and Intelligence committees.
Lofgren describes the deep state and its neoliberal policies as, “the big story of our time. It is the red thread that runs through the war on terrorism and the militarization of foreign policy, the financialization and deindustrialization of the American economy, the rise of a plutocratic social structure that has given us the most unequal society in almost a century, and the political dysfunction that has paralyzed day-to-day governance.”
unified political science theory
The US Government of the people, for the people no longer exists. With the help of the 7 “blind” men however, the shadow government can now be illuminated; the invisible government can now be discerned and the double government can now be identified.
The totality of truths is that the US “elephant” consists of a power elite hierarchy overseeing a corporatocracy, directing a deep state that has gradually subverted the visible government and taken over the “levers of power.” Henceforth it shall not be known as the disparate deep-state, nor as a corporatocracy, but more aptly as the amalgamated corporate-deep-state.
The Holy Grail of the science branch of physics is to find what Einstein called a Unified Field Theory, also known as “a theory of everything.” This is quite simply one idea, one set of equations that could explain the entire physical universe.
Similarly, the corporate-deep-state theory is the Holy Grail of political science and builds on the work of the giants, called “blind” men in these articles above, diving deeper into what the red thread that runs throughout the past 40 years of US government and politics.
The US’s founding fathers went to great lengths in their Constitution to separate the powers between the three visible branches of the US federal government, ensuring that no single branch could dominate.
What they failed to plan for was the separation of corporation and state. A failure highlighted by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, under whose leadership the corporate Pandora’s box was first opened with the establishment of the Federal Reserve System.
We are at the parting of the ways. We have, not one or two or three, but many established and formidable monopolies in the United States. We have, not one or two, or three, but many fields of endeavor into which it is difficult if not impossible for the independent man to enter. We have restricted credit, we have restricted opportunity, we have controlled development, and we have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.