By John Scales Avery*
OSLO, 19 February 2017 – In his book, “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”, Mike Lofgren called attention to the fact that much of the real power in Washington is not controlled by the President and members of Congress, but is in the hands of multi-billion-dollar organizations that are not only huge, but also unelected and secret, for example the CIA, NSA and FBI.
John Scales Avery
The enormous power of the deep state is undemocratic by definition, since its organizations operate without public knowledge or control.
Its power is not only undemocratic but also extremely threatening to the lives of Americans, and also to the lives of people throughout the world.
This serious threat comes from the fact that the deep state seems to be under the control of the military-industrial complex. It promotes aggressive policies that risk nuclear war.
Most people of good will in the United States and elsewhere oppose Donald Trump’s racism, bigotry and neo-fascism. It is a mistake, however, to attack his wish for better relations with Russia.
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– Over the last four decades, the Washington Consensus, promoting economic liberalization, globalization and privatization, reversed four decades of an earlier period of active state intervention to accelerate and stabilize more inclusive economic growth, associated with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Maynard Keynes.
South-south cooperation represents a progressive alternative to the Washington Consensus. Credit: IPS
The Golden Age
The US Wall Street Crash of 1929 led to the Great Depression, which in turn engendered two important policy responses in 1933 with lasting consequences for generations to come: US President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the 1933 Glass-Steagal Act.
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The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations on 15 February heard at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June’s Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet’s oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems.
Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Photo: FAO
– The global lack of confidence and trust is undermining the ability to solve the world’s complex problems, said UN Secretary-General during an international conference.
The 5th Annual World Government Summit (WGS), hosted by Dubai from February 12-14, has brought together over 4000 participants from more than 130 countries.
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