The Deep State and Shadow Government
I began this essay over a week ago and am still struggling with it, partially because there is so little truly verifiable information available and partly because it raises the question of conspiracy. I am going to state up front that if you are not open to the idea that forces beyond our control and that of our elected officials dictate much of the agenda for our country, you may want to stop reading here.
Over the last several years, I have been searching for reasons for the policies of our government that make no rational sense and the events designed to terrorize us on a grand scale, like the recent Las Vegas massacre. Explanations like we must act like terrorists ourselves in order to fight terrorism or that Las Vegas was the work of a single deranged gunman make absolutely no sense to me. What has become very apparent is that we, the people, have very little control over the major events that shape our lives and those lives of innocent people in the rest of the world.
The stranger events become, the clearer the reasons for them are becoming to me. Lately we have been seeing the terms "deep state" and "shadow government" being used in online opinion pieces. While I still cannot completely define the terms for these two entities, I feel compelled to try to get some sort of grasp upon who they are and how they have kept our lives and our world in ever increasing chaos.
We often see the terms "deep state" and "shadow government" used interchangeably. However, it is my belief that they are two different entities, although both may have some of the same principals involved. The goals of each entity may not always mesh either and may even be at odds with one another such as what appears to be the case since Donald Trump became President.
I have defined both terms within my own mind, but wanted to see if they were credibly defined elsewhere first. Many main stream sources have characterized the ideas of either the "deep state" and/or the "shadow government" as being conspiracy theory. However, these terms and their concepts are gradually becoming accepted as real, not conspiracy. With that in mind, I searched for good definitions of both the "deep state" and the "shadow government" by first referencing Wikipedia. I will cite other sources in future essays.
"a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process."
My personal take on the "deep state" was that it is comprised of individuals and agencies within the government that act secretly and without oversight or consequences. They, and often their budgets, are outside the purview and review by our elected officials. The "deep state" exercises enormous power, including that of life and death, and includes the Department of Defense, State Department, Department of Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI, at a minimum.
Defining "shadow government" is more difficult and is still characterized as being "conspiracy" theory by Wikipedia.
The shadow government (cryptocracy, secret government, or invisible government) is a family of conspiracy theories based on the notion that real and actual political power resides not with publicly elected representatives but with private individuals who are exercising power behind the scenes, beyond the scrutiny of democratic institutions. According to this belief, the official elected government is in reality subservient to the shadow government who are the true executive power.
My own definition is that the "shadow government" is a group of powerful and often wealthy individuals outside the government, organizations, and corporations that exercise direct influence and control over policies and actions by the government on their behalf. A short list of "shadow government" persons would include the Clintons, the Koch brothers, George Soros, high powered lobbyists such as John Podesta and others. Examples of "shadow government" organizations and corporations would include the Federal Reserve, ALEC, big banks such as Goldman Sachs and J. P. Morgan, Monsanto, Exxon/Mobile and other major energy producers, arms manufacturers and defense companies like Lockheed Martin, and big PhRMA, among others.
Yet we never read about or see discussion of the "deep state" or the "shadow government" in our main stream media outlets because the main stream media, which is owned by six conglomerates, refuses to report on them. Instead the main stream media functions as the propaganda arm of both the "deep state" and the "shadow government."
Many news organizations and people refuse to discuss the shadow government and the deep state, whether that’s because they fear the negativity surrounding the subject or because they’re owned and funded by these groups of people.
I am not sure where this is going, but it may end up being a series of essays as I learn more along the way and try to connect the dots for myself and anyone who reads this. Please feel free to add whatever information or comments on the content that will help us to better understand what we are seeing.
In future essays, I will be referencing an article at which I found this video. This video clearly describes the hierarchy of the large central banks, corporations, and various organizations in relation to we the people and our government.