The New York Times best-selling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred, House of Cards-style exposé of who really wields power in Washington.
Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making. The real work gets done behind the scenes by invisible bureaucrats working for the vast web of agencies that actually dictate our foreign policy, defense posture, and security decisions.
Have you ever wondered why Obama's policies look so much like Bush's? Seek no further: Hillary versus Jeb is just window dressing. Actual power lies in the Deep State, Washington's shadowy power elite, in the pockets of corporate interests and dependent on the moguls of Silicon Valley, whose data-collecting systems enable the US government to spy on our every move, swipe, and click. Drawing on insider knowledge gleaned in his three decades on the Hill, Lofgren offers a provocative wake-up call to Americans and urges them to fight to reinstate the basic premise of the Constitution.
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His profound misunderstanding of capitalism drags this book down. He seems to blame deregulation and libertarian ideas for all of our present ills. He will argue that the deep state is too influential and powerful, and therefore we need Congress and the Supreme Court to be more powerful to reign them in. But Congress is already one of the greatest facilitators of the Deep State. He also seems to think that all power Democrats would be good for the country, but all powerful Republicans would destroy us. Isn't the real problem that any government entity is all powerful??
Also, his failure to address the Federal Reserve's role in the rise of the military industrial complex shows a very shallow level of research....
If the problem is an uncontrollable government with ultimate power, making congress the uncontrollable power instead of the executive branch is not the solution.
It's such a shame. Some of the content in this book is valuable and important, but it is hard to trust him in light of his truly paradoxical conclusions.
Lofgen does a great job surveying and tying together the mutually dependent rent extraction machine of our institutions. He tends to overstate the national security angle (his specialty) and understate the health care system which on a daily basis causes us more financial hardship and is a bigger existential threat to our solvency. But overall a very helpful guide to why the most wealthy country is currently managing itself so poorly.
This is the most concise, well structured examination of the death of the republic ever written.
Read it. Truly. You must.
It starts out a little boring but then becomes an eye opening "page turner"!
The uncovering of the people who pull the strings behind the scene.
This book tells the story of how the Elites in our country have taken over the government and both parties. The Democrats are bad and the Republicans are worse in that they are dominated by the business and armament industry who make so much money over our continuous wars, with all of them since WWII being failures and causing blowback. We need to stop it. It isn't working and dooms our future.
Fascinating insider description of the inertia of a wide array of public policy choices due to the preferences of the actors that make up the deep state in the U.S.
I read the book for the comprehensive approach to the cabals and corruption of our freedoms and opportunities. I was very put off by the author's lack of understanding of main Street and working families. We are and have been disgusted by party politics, Democrat and especially the GOP. We are seeing a revolution in America driven from the bottom. We are fighting the entrenched interests and are studying and learning how to take back our country starting with local and state govt s. His rants against conservatives as if we are unwashed and inbred were nothing short of insulting.
As I read reviews for this audio book prior to purchasing, I read one review that almost dissuaded me from plunking down my precious credit. The short review said it was leftist garbage. It was actually the one to which I should have paid the most attention. This author's political, leftist bias oozes out from the beginning, but reaches a crescendo in the last two hours. He fills in the rest of the book with platitudes and opinions. I thought this book would be filled with in-depth revelations about how our Deep State works. Unfortunately, it was an empty, boring partisan hit piece. I have been a believer in the "Deep State" for 20+ years. It obviously exists and we know it transcends political party affiliation. We know it exists to maintain and expand its power over the American people by circumventing our constitutional republic. This guy thinks it is a Republican cabal. His bias is almost comically infantile to a thinking person. If you are a radical leftist, you will probably find it tolerable. To all others, I highly recommend you move on to another book on this topic. And I mean any other book on the topic. It couldn't possibly be worse than this one.
His leftist bias caused him to miss the truths behind the Deep State.
He was fine. He couldn't help the poor content.
No! I thought it would be a deep book about the Deep State. It is nothing more than a shallow partisan hit piece.
Mike Lofgren nails it. Yes, I have been aware of the panopticon since 2001, and the nexus of military contactors of all types as a privatization of the former defense and intelligence apparatus. However, Mr. Lofgren concisely links all the dots to form the image of the new face of tyranny that distorts our economy and extorts the taxpayer in the name of security. A must read for an informed citizenry.
Very high and relevant
It discusses the continuity of underlying policy which carries over from administration to administration as presidents of different parties come and go.
Early in the book the author shows that fear has always been a go-to strategy of the Deep State and is not new to our current politics. Harry Truman in 1947 was told that in order to sell the American public on his plans to intervene in Greece, he would need to scare the hell out of the American people. And so he did.
CAUTION: The book is not quite unabridged! There are numerous footnotes in the actual book which (1) contribute information to the overall narrative and (2) are totally omitted from the Audible book. It is as if these notes (at the bottom of the page of the print version) simply are not there.
You need to be aware that Audible's notion of "unabridged" may frequently be misleading! I recommend listening to it on your commute, but getting the print version and reading it in a chair when you get home.
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