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Post"Deep State" Again: A Conspiracy? (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 03/23/19 4:36 am)
As a followup to my post of March 21st, John Eipper asked: "What is the distinction between Deep State and general 'Conspiracy Theories'? Societies will always have powerful predator-types, but is there any organized structure?"
The social political economic world is very complex. We know that people want power to change things to favor their interests. Of course money is power, because it allows us to by freedom and a better life for us and our loved ones. To that effect some work hard to make changes, some work for the benefits of their communities, and most of us work for our own interests. Adam Smith's two books discussed these issues with considerable persuasion. Most capitalists love the second book but tend to ignore the first, with dealt with morals in business.
Because of the world's complexity, anyone's opinions should be viewed as theories about reality. To me conspiracy theories means some people got together to do something great for themselves to hurt or benefit someone else. Conspiracy theories may be completely or partially right or wrong. What determines which is the amount of evidence one can present to support his or her opinion.
Is there a structure behind my view of the term Deep State? Clearly yes. There is a history, an evolutionary growth, and the determinants and objectives are rather very clear for those who look. As I said earlier, likely the beginning of the Deep State in this country was with the Lewis Memorandum calling all Chambers of Commerce to unite to protect the interests of business, not customers. Its goal was to achieve increasingly favorable business conditions by lobbying politicians on a grand scale. It worked very well and today corporations are not just entities "existing only in contemplation of the law." They have become "people" as preached by a Republican candidate. Now they can pump enormous contributions to their favorite causes and political candidates, and manipulate elections of supposedly people's representatives. Slowly the process of change away from democracy evolved, culminating with too-big-to fail and too-big-to-jail players.
How else can you explain the incredibly destructive global financial crisis? What about the huge disparity of income and wealth? The fact that millions of Americans work for subsistence wages? That millions have no health insurance? That many wealthy corporations like Amazon can declare a net profit of $12 billion with no tax? That today America (the world) is drowning in increasing chaos and injustice to its people? All the negative changes have a reason and have not happened by accident.
JE comments: Tor, do you mean the Lewis Powell Memorandum, of 1971? If so, it's a topic we should look at more carefully. Many in WAISworld are not familiar with its significance.