The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government (Paperback)

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No matter ideology or partisanship (or lack thereof), Americans increasingly see government as beholden only to elite interests, the economy as rigged, and politics as mere theater. Lofgren, a self-described moderate Republican who worked as an analyst on Congressional budget committees for almost three decades, spills the beans on the unseemly process of sausage-making. While there is occasional hand-wringing about domestic deficiencies and the accompanying prescription for further austerity, the real spoils are looted by a permanent class that drifts from elected office to Wall Street firms, lobbying outfits, weapon and surveillance contractors, propaganda tanks, obscenely lucrative speaking circuits, and then occasionally back to either elected or appointed high office for victory laps. The nexus of power rests clumsily in the often complimentary interests of the donor class and their various industries, which frequently are at odds with the health of what is now crudely referred to in Washington as the homeland. Lofgren brilliantly dissects the banality of a fraudulent system that effectively seals off democracy, upholds corporate interests over human ones, and promotes perpetual war and occupations as industries from which to profit. And so it goes.

— Will

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred expose of who really wields power in Washington

Every four years, tempers are tested and marriages fray as Americans head to the polls to cast their votes. But does anyone really care what we think? Has our vaunted political system become one big, expensive, painfully scripted reality TV show? In this powerful expose of the sins and excesses of Beltwayland, a longtime Republican party insider argues that we have become an oligarchy in form if not in name. Hooked on war, genuflecting to big donors, in thrall to discredited economic theories and utterly bereft of a moral compass, America's governing classes are selling their souls to entrenched interest while our bridges collapse, wages, stagnate, and our water is increasingly undrinkable.

Mike Lofgren was the first to use the term Deep State, in an essay and exclusive interview on Moyers and Company, to refer to a web of entrenched interests in the US government and beyond (most notably Wall Street and Silicon Valley, which controls access to our every click and swipe) that dictate America's defense decisions, trade policies and priorities with little regard for the actual interests or desires of the American people. In this essential and eye-opening book Lofgren takes his argument one step further. Drawing on insights gleaned over three decades on Capitol Hill, much of it on the Budget Committee, he paints a gripping portrait of the dismal swamp on the Potomac and the revolution it will take to reclaim our government and set us back on course.

About the Author


Mike Lofgren is The New York Times bestselling author of The Party Is Over. He spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees. He has appeared on Bill Moyers, Hardball, Chris Hayes, and To the Point, among others, and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143109938
ISBN-10: 0143109936
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English