By Henry A. Giroux
Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member for 28 years with the Senate and House Budget committees, has written an essay for Bill Moyers & Company titled “Anatomy of the ‘deep state’.” The notion of the “deep state” has a long genealogy and serves to mark the myriad ways in which power remains invisible while largely serving the interest of the financial elite, mega-corporations, and other authoritarian regimes of commanding power. The form the “deep state” takes depends upon the historical conjuncture in which it emerges and the forces that drive and benefit from it can either be at the margins or at the center of power and control. The notion of the “deep state” also points to different configurations of power. President Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex is one example of the elements of the “deep state” that emerged in the post-World War II period. Another register can be seen in the coming of age of corporate power in combination with various forms of religious, military, and educational fundamentalisms in which war becomes aligned with big business, corporate power replaces state-based political sovereignty, religious extremism shapes everyday policies, and the punishing state works in tandem with the devolution of the welfare or social state.
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Shamus Cooke explains the current push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, and explores what increasing support of this campaign may mean for a revitalization of the labor movement.
In this article, Paul Buchheit lists the ways in which education is being corporatized and how for-profit structures limit educational access.
Chris Hedges discusses the implications of the Edward Snowden debate at Oxford, suggesting that the central issue is not Snowden himself, but the totalitarian ‘dual state’ in which surveillance is sanctioned and “civil liberties are abolished in the name of national security.”
Nelson Schwartz details the shrinking business sector aimed at middle class spenders. As the middle class is forced to cut back due to income stagnation and rising costs of social goods and services, the upper income tier is steadily expanding, evidenced by market spending.
In this article, Areeba Kamal outlines the ways in which high speed internet is becoming less accessible for content providers who cannot pay the high toll rates of the dominant internet service providers. This may translate into less accessibility for users as well as internet that resembles pay TV.
Matea Gold reports on the exposure of 40 Koch Brothers donors in a list published in full by Mother Jones. This document sheds light on the backers, previously protected by channeling the money through LLCs and tax-exempt groups.