Former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren recently appeared on Moyers & Company to talk about America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. Below are highlight clips from the episode.
On Why the Deep State is the Big Story
What’s the red thread running through our history over the last three decades? Lofgren says it’s the Deep State, which explains how we had “deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion of our civil liberties and perpetual war.”
On How the Deep State is Sucking Money
In this clip, Lofgren explains how a combination of the national security state and the corporate state are sucking money out of our economy, while Rome burns.
On Why David Petraeus is the Avatar of the Deep State
Lofgren calls Wall Street, “the ultimate backstop of the Deep State,” and describes Petraeus as representing both ends of it — from Washington, DC to the financial district — adding that “the vast majority of generals end up on boards of defense contractors.”
On Silicon Valley’s Role in the Deep State
Lofgren says Silicon Valley has become “part of the NSA’s operations,” and has been gathering information on unknowing citizens for many years. How is this cozy relationship helping Silicon Valley on matters of intellectual property and how does that impact consumers?
Watch Bill’s entire interview with Lofgren »