Thursday Open Comments

The members of the Deep State are fighting not only for money and power, but their very sense of being.

Increasingly, it looks like the political fight isn’t between Republicans and Democrats, but rather the American people against the Deep State. More and more often we are seeing bureaucrats, lobbyists, and elected officials of both parties circle the wagons so to say in an effort to prevent any true reforms of our government.

While we the American people may believe the government isn’t working, for an elite group embedded throughout our government and media, the government is working quite well — for them!

So, how did this come to be in a nation that’s founding document begins with “We the People”? For a take on the development of the Deep State and what it represents, we turn to Joost Meerloo in his seminal book The Rape of the Mind.

Presciently, in his discussion of the Deep State or the “administrative machine” published in 1956, Meerloo states,

“The burning psychological question is whether man will eventually master his institutions so that these will serve him and not rule him.”

Here’s how he describes the rise of the Deep State:

“… The development of a kind of bureaucratic absolutism is not limited, however, to totalitarian countries. A mild form of professional absolutism is evident in every country in the mediating class of civil servants who bridge the gap between man and his rulers. Such a bureaucracy may be used to help or to harm the citizens it should serve.”

Read the whole thing.

Weekend Labor Day Open Comments

Statue of Lenin being removed, Berlin, 1991

President Grover Cleveland finally agreed to formally declare a Labor Day holiday in September after the violent and deadly 1894 Pullman strike in Chicago.  Cleveland insisted on a September date rather than May 1st favored by the labor movement.  The first day in May was already celebrated around the world as International Workers’ Day, a communist inspired holiday chosen to commemorate the “Antifa” of the era, the labor union anarchists who blew up seven police officers and four civilians in London during the Haymarket Affair of 1886.

The actors, the venues and the costumes change, but there is nothing really new in history.  The stupid and violent will always be with us.