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All complex societies have an establishment, a social network committed to its own enrichment and perpetuation. 
Mike Lofgren. 

De vorige aflevering eindigde ik aldus:

Wat de corruptie van de commerciële massamedia aantoont is vooral dat zij — net als het Amerikaanse Congres — de ‘deep state’ beschermen, de macht achter de staat. Dit proces is uitgebreid en gedocumenteerd van binnenuit beschreven door de Amerikaanse intellectueel Mike Lofgren, die de ‘deep state’ omschrijft als 

a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process.

Mike Lofgren:

is a former Republican U.S. Congressional aide. He retired in May 2011 after 28 years as a Congressional staff member… Lofgren has a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Akron. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study European history at the University of Bern and the University of Basel in Switzerland. He also completed the strategy and policy curriculum at the Naval War College… Lofgren began his legislative career as a military legislative assistant to then Republican House representative John Kasich in 1983. In 1994, he was a professional staff member of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee… From 1995 to 2004, he was budget analyst for national security on the majority staff of the House Budget Committee. From 2005 until his retirement in 2011, Lofgren was the chief analyst for military spending on the Senate Budget Committee.

Kortom, we hebben hier te maken met een goed geïnformeerde voormalige hoge functionaris die, in tegenstelling tot bijvoorbeeld Ian Buruma, uit ervaring weet wat hij schrijft. In februari 2014 publiceerde Lofgren een uiteenzetting over de ‘deep state.’ Eraan vooraf ging de volgende toelichting:

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to ‘endanger our liberties or democratic process’ but have you heard of the ‘Deep State?’

Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member with the powerful House and Senate Budget Committees, joins Bill Moyers to talk about what he calls the Deep State,  » Lees verder