1. On the Deep State in the
A. The hypotheses I made in 2012 and 2014
B. The Deep State in the USA
corporate fascism aka neofascism
D. On the Anatomy of the US Deep State
2. TTIP Has 'De Facto Failed,' Says German
This is a Nederlog of Monday, August 29, 2016.
is a crisis log. There are 2 items with 7 dotted links: Item
1 is about the Deep State in the USA and is an important
item. It expands on an earlier item in Nederlog and also solves a
problem I had, and item 2 is also important but in
another way: Germany's economic minister said the TTIP has 'de facto
I did find some more items, but I will (probably) treat them
both items today are quite important, the first theoretically,
understanding the crisis, and the second practically, because the TTIP
is a very major step by which the American rich, and the
State, try to provide a worldwide foundation for their
But the main thing today is the first section, which contains my own
hypotheses on the causes of the crisis that I formulated in 2012, and
that are extended by two more subsections by Chuck Spinney
(<-Wikipedia) and one by Mike Lofgren
(<-Wikipedia). I find it interesting that the former worked many
years for the Pentagon, and the latter worked many years as a long-term
respected Republican civil servant.
I will return to them in a later Nederlog. The present Nederlog is
mostly about theories to account for the crisis, especially in the USA.
1. On the Deep State in the
The first item today is based on the following two items of Nederlog,
that are respectively from January 2014 and from February 2016:
I will start with the first, which are
most of the
hypotheses that I thought up in 2012 to account for what I had then
learned about the crisis that started in 2008, but that has roots that
go back to Reagan's governments and to Lewis
Powell's 1971 incitements to
A. The hypotheses I
made in 2012 and 2014:
These are seven hypotheses I came up with
in October-November of 2012, and first wrote out in a Nederlog on December 25, 2012, and in a somewhat
better formatted version on January
31, 2014. They were all original with me, but I should add that
they were much supported by Snowden's Revelations, that started
for me on June 10, 2013.
I am linking the originals above, because
there is more
in them than in the present Nederlog. What is left out in the present
version are (i) some hypotheses and (ii) all notes. These are not
given in this Nederlog in order to save space.
To start with, here are a
introduction plus seven theses that were originally
formulated by me in
October-November of 2012 and published in Nederlog in December of
What follows is the version of 2014, but
this is mostly the same as 2012, except that it was better formatted:
As to the corporations:
Corporations are groups of persons that seek to acquire and retain
property (goods, commodities, and powers that help acquire these) by
taking property from others.
One must distinguish corporations as
social institutions, and keep apart the corporate élites, the
corporate executives, the corporate staff, and the corporate employees,
since each of these are different groups.
As to states,
in the sense of governments:
States are groups
of persons that
seek to acquire and retain power over others
(influence, renown, force, military might, weapons) by taking power and
possibilities from others.
In the present text,
"state" is used as "government", that in addition
to the above may be characterized as almost invariably being recruited
from some existing social or economical élite, in order to
run the daily doings of the most powerful organization on some
territory, through a staff of bureaucrats
and (semi-)military personnel.
Both corporations and states work mostly by propaganda
popular spokespersons, special publications) in times of peace, that
also is directed at their own staffs, if perhaps not in the form this
reaches the masses that do not belong to the staff or personnel.
principle, corporate fascism
- defined as: the state is de facto owned and run by and for the
major international corporations, that are multinationals
and beyond state or judicial control -
in combination with the surveillance
state - defined as: the state's surveillance and recording
of the activities, interests, concerns, ideas and values, of its
- means effective absolute power for small corporate élites
plus their executives, and effective slavery for the rest.
Hypothesis 2 (plus
ordinary citizens do, desire, think, write, mail - their internet
activities, their phones, their bankaccounts, their interests, their
identities, their pictures, their fingerprints, their families, their
friends, their opinions, their education, the things they bought and
sold, and more - has been thoroughly recorded and filed,
whenever and wherever possible, since 9/11/2001, namely for the
eventual use, by unknown anonymous persons, possibly acting, for unknown ends, for obscure or secret organizations, or for mostly
secretively acting corporations, all possibly at unknown locations, for
much or all that has been collected in one country gets - explicitly or
deviously - shared with the US and with the police or security
forces in other countries.
This "sharing of
information" happens both by political agreements, where governments
agree with US state organs like the FBI or CIA that they will share
data on what are claimed to be (potential) "terrrorism suspects", and
by brute force: Whatever happens on the internet may be
In this "We the
people" have been systematically betrayed by politicians of all
stripes: Their rights not to be spied upon, except perhaps
court order, issued by an independent judge, have been completely
Likewise, and apart
that, the internet activities of everyone have been secretively
tracked, traced, datamined, and stored for the benefit of corporations,
not only for targeted advertizing,
but to get all possible information
on anyone who either may eventually become a customer, an employee or
Hypothesis 3 (plus sub-hypotheses):
The corporations have
taken over the states by propagandizing and/or by buying the states'
bureaucrats and politicians.
This has been going on
for a long time - decades, and certainly since Eisenhower
dangers of the military-industrial
complex - and has mostly succeeded
since 9/11/01: The majorities of those who should control the
(politicians and bureaucrats) now are controlled by people
the big corporations.
This was and is not
merely a matter of corruption and buying: Part was effected through propaganda.
European states in EU, and explains why prominent politicians in
diverse parties sound as if they are singing from a GOP hymn sheet, and
use GOP tactics, such as nominally taking over the moral stances of
those they oppose.
Hypothesis 4 (plus
The states of
Europe and the US have been turned into surveillance states
where anonymous state bureaucrats in principle know all there
know about all ordinary citizens.
Hypothesis 5 (plus sub-hypotheses):
This has been going
since before 9/11/01, that much increased it, and is not only done
by state organizations but also by corporations, and in both
possible because there are hardly any rational laws that can be
(or are) effectively applied to the internet.
Most of what ordinary people
- the badly educated "democratic majority" - get offered in the public
media, and especially TV, is middle of the road propaganda,
that stonewalls, avoids or lampoons all that is not middle of the road
trivialities, and that systematically avoids (almost) any really
intelligent and informed discussion of the themes that matter to a
society inhabited by free citizens who are not controlled
upon and propagandized by both state organs and corporations.
systematically simplified, stupefied and leveled, and teaches hardly
any real intellectual skills.
civilization and high art of all kinds: science, art,
media, music, in so far as these existed, have been cut or replaced by
middle brow or low brow stuff that nominally does the same, and is more
effective as propaganda for the masses.
be that strangling high art and civilization, that often need subsidies
to exist, now cost less and help preventing that intelligent persons get ideas or find a
for spreading their ideas.
The primary end of
CF+SS I am talking about:
Extra hypothesis 11:
Power to the
over the state and over the
population, by buying, taking over, and/or turning into commercial
markets what once were the states' powers and institutions,
manage the majority of the ordinary citizens by propaganda,
surveillance, and force.
Whoever controls the
internet controls the world, at least implicitly.
Namely in four ways,
- Governments and
corporations need the internet as information processors: Whoever gains
some control over some aspects of this - as do Google and Facebook, for
example - controls part of the content and the data mining that is
possible through that.
- The internet is
on physical computers, cables and broadcasters: Whoever can control
these, as can the state organs on whose territory these items exist,
has control of the functioning of them.
- The internet, in so
far as it is controlled, is controlled
by states and their organs:
Whoever controls the parliamentarians, ministers or chief bureaucrats
can shape legislation.
- Whatever runs on any
computer can be taken over by whoever can get control over the
computer: corporate or state secret spies, or state representatives
such as the police.
The part between the two
"----"s is by me and from 2012/2014, and "CF+SS" = "Corporate Fascism
plus the Surveillance State". All of this was originated by
myself. (I changed nothing, except that I corrected spelling mistakes
and added some boldings.)
Here is the first extension of similar ideas, that I found in February
B. The Deep State in
This is the first real extension of the above
ideas that I found. It is by Chuck
Spinney (<-Wikipedia) and was
This is the review I wrote in February 2016
(and you can read the whole original article here,
which is recommended because it is very good):
This starts as follows, and is a quite
interesting article you should read in full:
Just about everyone knows something is
dangerously wrong with our nation’s political system. There is a
growing awareness that the United States is drifting blindly into a
state of greater inequality, stagnation, oligarchy and perpetual war,
with a ruling establishment that neither responds to the will of the
people nor to the problems our nation faces.
For evidence of this pervasive sense of
unease, look no further than the 2016 presidential election, where a
bombastic celebrity billionaire and a crusty grandfatherly democratic
socialist are claiming the political system is rigged and are driving
the scions of the status quo into the rubber room — at least for now.
This was just the introduction. Here is
some about the author of "The
Mike Lofgren has written a timely
exegesis of that status quo and its staying power. He makes it easier
for any concerned citizen to understand the realities of the political
and constitutional crises now facing the United States — and perhaps
even improve the reader’s sense for the madness and anger that now
characterizes 2016 presidential election.
Chuck Spinney also warns his readers that
Lofgren is "a long-time colleague and a close friend" and gives this
It grew out of a stunning essay – “Anatomy
of the Deep State” (February 2014) — that Lofgren produced at
the request of journalist Bill Moyers. Lofgren has written a tour de
force that takes the reader on a wild ride through a swamp of
confusion and disorder that reeks of corruption. His writing is at once
witty and particular, but also general and prescriptive.
Before I go on,
something about the deep
(<- Wikipedia). This is from the last linked lemma: The concept
originated in Turkey, and has since been broadened, and amounts to the
following (according to Wikipedia):
The notion of deep state is
similar to that of a "state within the
state". For those who believe in its existence, the political
agenda of the deep state involves an allegiance to nationalism,
corporatism, and state interests. Violence and
other means of pressure have historically been employed in a largely
covert manner to manipulate political and economic elites and ensure
specific interests are met within the seemingly democratic framework of
the political landscape.
I am one of "those
who believe in its existence", were it only
(i) extremely much about the doings of any national
state I know anything about (including the USA, Great Britain, Holland
and Norway) is kept secret;
(ii) there are quite a few
decisions taken in these and other nations that cannot be
accounted for by known politics and known economics;
(iii) one would assume anyway (and I know this is a fact) that
very strong interest groups would try to get into government (and
especially the big bankers, the "military-industrial complex", and "big
oil" have gotten into the American governments, indeed by
"revolving doors" and as if this were
a matter of course).
Then again, simply because this is - in
part, at least - a government behind the
elected government, which itself has not been
elected, and which is mostly not talked about, it is not
what "the deep state" is or may be for any specific country.
But here is a considerable amount of
analysis centers on how the looting operations of three mutually
reinforcing “pillars” (my word) of the contemporary American Deep State
evolved over time. These “pillars” are themselves self-organizing
groupings of coincident interests that work to insensibly co-opt and
exploit the fissures in the mechanistic distribution of power designed
into the Constitution by James Madison.
These emergent groupings form what some
essayists have called an “iron triangle” of capitalists in the private
sector and professional bureaucrats as well as elected officials in the
legislative and executive branches of government, as well as in the
menageries inhabited by hangers on, wannabees, journalists, and
parasites feeding off the triangular host.
These triangles are energized by money
flows and influence peddling, and their operations are lubricated by a
maze of revolving doors that enable the individual players to climb the
greasy pole to power and riches by moving freely back and forth from
one corner to another — all the while pumping the money and propaganda
needed by the triangle to survive and grow — on its own terms!
This helps some, while the following
figure adds a lot:
Figure 1 is my simplified schematic
outlining the basic features of an iron triangle.
clicking the image goes
to the source
There is this in additional explanation:
Lofgren’s analysis takes us around three
triangles by examining the maze of living relationships making up (1)
the triangular money pumping operations of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex, as well as
the more subtle looting and power grabbing operations of (2) the
de-regulating scams of Big Finance and (3) the big-brother spying
operations of the pseudo-libertarian hyper-capitalists of Silicon
To be sure, there are many other iron
triangles that Lofgren does not discuss in great detail (e.g., Big
Pharma, Big AG and the food supply, etc.), but his story is clear
enough and sufficiently broad enough to make the larger argument.
Yes, indeed: What you see is just one
iron triangle out of many more, though the above one is
Here is a precisification by Chuck Spinney:
While Lofgren does not say so, I would
argue there are growing signs that the emerging American political
economy combines many elements of classical fascism and corporatism
with neoliberal laissez-faire economics into something that is new and
peculiarly American — a political economy that exhibits fascist
tendencies, but unlike classical fascism, subordinates the state
to neoliberal corporatist interests, while it exploits many of
fascism’s authoritarian organizing principles to stabilize the emerging
I quite agree. There is
in the article, including another very
clear graphic, but I leave that to your interests, after saying again
that this is a quite interesting article that you ought
to read in full.
But this is not all Chuck Sperry did in
that essay. Here is more:
C. On corporate
fascism aka neofascism
I think you will agree that Chuck Spinney
(<-Wikipedia) in the last quotation I
cited in the previous subsection did get it quite like I
did in 2012, that was thought up without any help, except from my
reading a lot about politics,
and having documented the crisis since
September 1, 2008.
But he also originated the
following schema, that I have given several times before in Nederlog,
but couldn't find the source of, until I traced it to him in the
article I reviewed in February, that is in the previous subsection:
clicking the image goes
to the source
As my title indicates, I think "corporate fascism aka neofascism" is a better
title than "Winner-Take-All", though indeed the corporate rich are
trying to take all, and have progressed a lot since 1970/1980
in doing so, and also in creating the legal deregulations
that allowed them to do so. (But I don't know yet whether I
will use that name or yet another for the "Emerging American Deep
I will pay more attention to this schema and also to Sperry's
essay later. This is here, originally:
And also I like to mention that there is considerably
more by Chuck Sperry here, for this is his blogspot:
To end this item 1, I now
move to another person who developed many of the ideas that Chuck
Sperry encoded in the above schema:
D. On the anatomy of
the American Deep State
This is by Mike
Lofgren (<-Wikipedia) on the Deep
Again, I will not review this here
now, but I list it because it is important, and in fact is the source
of Mike Lofgren's book from the beginning of 2016, The
Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow
Government that I will try to get.
For the moment here is just one bit quoted from the above
linked Essay: A completely non-spectacular sum-up of the
American Deep State, according to Mike Lofgren:
The Deep State does not consist
of the entire government. It is a hybrid of national security and law
enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of
State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence
Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the
Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its
enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with
Wall Street. All these agencies are coordinated by the Executive Office
of the President via the National Security Council. Certain key areas
of the judiciary belong to the Deep State, such as the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance 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 final government component (and possibly last
in precedence among the formal branches of government established by
the Constitution) is a kind of rump Congress consisting of the
congressional leadership and some (but not all) of the members of the
defense and intelligence committees.
The point of the sum-up is: It is people in these
institutions who have the real power in the present USA, and
that real power is not democratic, and is not
democratically elected, and also does not work for "the
people": it works for the rich and for itself.
Also - I think - there are more institutions and persons
involved than governmental
institutions: There are people from Wall Street, from the oil
companies, from Silicon Valley, and from the defense
also somehow are involved, though indeed quite a few of these end up
for a while in some governmental institution, where they generally
arrive "through the revolving door", whence they usually also leave,
normally to return to their previous job, that pays them a lot
more than the government does, but does not give them the power
alter and deregulate laws, which
they have in the government.
But this is mostly to inform you and to have some background for later
Nederlogs: This is not a review of the last dotted link.
More is to follow on the Deep State in later Nederlogs, but now I turn
to today's other item:
Has 'De Facto Failed,' Says German Economic Minister
item is by Nika Knight on Common Dreams, and is rather amazing:
This starts as follows:
Germany's Vice Chancellor and Economic
Minister said that the controversial Trans-Atlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (TTIP) has "de facto failed," admitting that
negotiations between the U.S. and E.U. have completely stalled.
"Negotiations with the U.S. have de
facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn't allow
ourselves to submit to American demands," Sigmar Gabriel told the
German news station ZDF in
an interview that will air at 7pm German time Sunday, according
to Der Spiegel.
"Everything has stalled," Gabriel said.
say!! I certainly did not know this nor predict it, and I also did not
see the interview with Gabriel, but I did read several sources that
said the same, and even heard this mentioned on Dutch radio news.
Before I comment on this development, here
is some more from the article:
I say, again. What do I think of
this? I agree with Gabriel's "because of course
as Europeans we couldn't allow ourselves to submit to American demands"
and I think
"Nobody is really admitting it," Gabriel
to the Independent.
The Independent reports
on the context to Gabriel's remarks:
The 14th round of [TTIP] negotiations between
American and E.U. officials took place in Brussels in July and was the
third round in six months.
said that during the talks neither side had agreed on a single common
chapter out of the 27 being deliberated.
that the present development is more hopeful than I had
Then again, while I enjoy this, I am only satisfied if I learn that the
TTIP is definitely not going to be accepted by Europe nor to be
implemented in Europe.
So while this is a considerable step forward, it is not yet the end I