Capitalism's cancer is corporatism, when corporations grow so large that they need government to stifle their competition and in the process kill capitalism.
As we witness the massive lamestream and Democrat pushback on the Nunes memo (more here, here, and here), thoughts turn to how Deep State has survived and thrived over the years and how it operates – specifically how it defends itself and deflects the occasional foray against it such as is currently being attempted. A little reflection reveals that the Deep State has baked in some pretty impressive and longstanding defenses; I would even argue that they are natural defenses in the sense of being intrinsic to such an institution.
The case for Deep State’s (DS’s) natural defenses can be summarized in the following points –
- The DS is necessarily political. To believe that its cadre hew to some ideological middle is beyond naïve. As a minimum, DS always seeks to endear itself to the political faction which provides its current succor and assures its longest survival. This DS attribute is now organic in our penultimately polarized republic.
- DS as a hierarchically structured bureaucracy is also intrinsically survivalist regardless of its ideological cast or that of its political sponsors. This is a well-known and documented aspect of all bureaucracies going back to biblical times.
- The career staff manning the various DS units has been and continues to be politically biased. In the lower levels its workers know that their job security depends on pleasing their department bosses and minimally, if at all, on how they satisfy their ‘client’ needs. They also know that they will not be able to command their current benefits if forced to seek employment in the private sector. For lower level staffs having government employment on your resume puts you at a distinct disadvantage. Therefore, these workers are fiercely loyal to forces and initiatives that promulgate large government.
- An extremely powerful natural ally of DS is the practice and growth of corporatism – the state of private/public sector collusion wherein government and corporations benefit each other through trading market protections (against competition foreign and domestic) for campaign contributions, direct ‘bag money’, and lucrative post-public service employment. Corporatism serves both the elected and the higher echelons of the DS.
- The DS is always prepared and extremely compliant to being weaponized by their political favorites to launch attacks against designated political, commercial, and private citizen cohort targets. This is more so when the DS units are directed against targets they perceive as being inimical to their survival if the power balances should shift.
- Natural political allies of the DS are parties and movements that promote the versions of collectivist governance, since for those ideologies the growth of government and its bureaucracies is endemic, being marbled in their social values and various objectives leading to the eventual fundamental transformation of America.