Donald Trump Take-Down — John Oliver Followed by Mike Lofgren — PBI Observes in Favor of Trump

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” H.L. Mencken

Mike Lofgren: Inside the US Deep State — How Elites Control Politicians and Bureaucrats — Openly

Controlled by shadow government: Mike Lofgren reveals how top U.S. officials are at the mercy of the “deep state” A corrupt network of wealthy elites has hijacked our government, ex-GOP staffer and best-selling author tells Salon    

Mike Lofgren: Republican Imbecility — and Proud of It…

GOP and the Rise of Anti-Knowledge Ben Carson’s rise to the top of the Republican presidential field shows that many Republicans, especially Christian fundamentalists, have decoupled from the real world — and are proud of it. The more that GOP candidates embrace “anti-knowledge” the more popular they become, as Mike Lofgren explains.

Mike Lofgren: War as a Business Model

Operation Rent Seeking How the war on terrorism became a business model. By Mike Lofgren Washington Monthly, March/April/May 2015 EXTRACT The syndrome the Bush administration created in Iraq was what former Pentagon critic Chuck Spinney has called a “self-licking ice cream cone”: the measures to fight the war on terrorism guaranteed more terrorists, which in …

Mike Lofgren: Investigative Commissions as Pretentious Cover-Up — the 9/11 Commission Ten Year On

How to Read a Government Commission Report: An Inquiry Into the 9/11 Commission’s 10th Anniversary Report As an inquiry into the complex subject of international terrorism, the 9/11 Commission’s 10th anniversary reprise is a slipshod farrago of circular argumentation, faulty reasoning and naïve gullibility about the claims of senior officials – but it does serve …

Mike Lofgren: Anatomy of the Deep State

Anatomy of the Deep State by Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company, February 21, 2014 VIDEO Version: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road …

Chuck Spinney: Mike Lofgren Reinforces Bill Polk — Get A Brain, Reconnect with Ethics, Leave the Middle East, Ideally All Three

Mike Lofgren Responds to William R. Polk’s, “Intellectual and Political Foundations of 21st Century Jihad. Lofgren retired after 28 years on the congressional staff.  He held senior staff positions in the both the House and Senate Budget Committees, where he specialized in Defense and Foreign Policy.  After he retired, he authored “The Party Is Over: …

Chuck Spinney: The Lofgren Corollary: The Method Behind the Madness of the Shutdown

It is easy to look at the shutdown and the concomitant chaos in federal government as the product of incompetence and corruption.  But it was a deliberate effort by a vocal congressional minority from safe, cynically gerrymandered, congressional districts to sabotage the functioning of the entire federal government. One would think that a deliberate effort …

Mike Lofgren: The Sleep of Reason Breeds Monsters – the Failure of American Public Institutions Enabled by the Collapse of American Public Intelligence

The Authoritarian Seduction “The sleep of reason breeds monsters.” -Francisco Goya The Gallup organization has released yet another dog-bites-man opinion poll which found that Americans’ confidence in Congress has fallen to a record low of 10 percent. This result is a continuation of a decades-long trend of declining approval ratings for Congress, and is justifiable …