Accounting for the mess we’re in

Date:      3 Sept 17
By:          Frank Gue, B,Sc,, MBA, P.Eng., 
               2252 Joyce St., Burlington ON Canada L7R 2B5
For:        Whom it may concern
Re:          Comment on the book Deep state
The deep state is a book in which the introduction says:
Our venerable institutions of government have 
outwardly remained the same, but they have 
grown more and more resistant to the popular 
will as they have become hardwired into a 
corporate and private influence network with 
almost unlimited cash to enforce its will.
For a much longer full book review, go to –
For a much shorter review of today’s socio-economic milieu,
see below for my take on it.
I have  accounted for the phenomena that “The Deep 
State” identifies in a lot fewer words.  Like these:
Start a thought experiment at the beginning of any huge socio-
economic upturn.  The end of WWII is a good place to do that.
The previous era was clearly over.  Much both good and bad had
been  destroyed.  We were, in many respects, starting-over.  Bitter
experience had taught us to avoid this, embrace that, as we
rebuilt.  We looked forward with hope and optimism.  That was the
mood in 1946-1950, as I am old enough to remember well.  
There was unspoken agreement on an over-arching socio-
economic environment: capitalist democracy.  There was also
knowledgeable, conscientious opposition, which is a good
thing: it kept the c-ds on the straight and narrow.
There followed several decades of rapid improvement based
on these c-d principles.
But what we too often don’t notice is that, although capitalist-
democracy is not evil, there are evil capitalist-democrats.
These evil c-ds gradually find all the ways to game the system, 
gain control of all the levers and pushbuttons, and divert the
benefits into their own hands.  Note “gradually”.  It takes 
decades.
Many, perhaps most, of these evil c-ds suffer from the 
serious, addictive, incurable Money-Disease (yes, I know 
I don’t need and cannot possibly use another $100 million,
but I just have to have it – where’s my next $100M “fix”
going to come from – I just must have my “fix” – get out 
of my way … ).
No one knows where the tipping point is, i.e. when the 
counter-productive activities of the evil c-ds overwhelm 
the production of the authentic c-cds.  When finally there 
are more “takers” than “makers” (ref: Gibbon, The 
collapse and fall of the Roman Empire), the socio-
economic system stagnates and then begins to crumble.
This stagnation-crumbling is under way now, having begun
with a tremor in Japan in 1990 and continuing with a
Force 7 or 8 earthquake in 2008 (remember, one point 
on the Richter scale is a ten-times increase in severity).  
We are now awaiting the probably-inevitable Force 9 
socio-economic quake.
Meanwhile, the evil c-ds, who don’t know where the 
tipping point is either, are grabbing what they can while
they can.  They have even managed to hijack the 
coterie of conscientious, responsible opposition c-ds,
sounding like them and thus further confusing the issue 
to their profit.
Also meanwhile, a small but growing minority of 
observers, including many political outsiders, have 
begun to understand what is being 
done to them and by whom.  In both organized and
un-organized groups, whose members range from 
loony-left through thinking-centrist to rabid-right, using 
the Web and other modern weapons, they are having
both successes and failures in their efforts to shore
up the crumbling wall.  Emblematic of their efforts, 
folk like President Trump, using poorly-aimed 
scatterguns, nevertheless have the right targets in 
their sights.  Their mantra is, “A plague on all your
houses.”
You might want to entertain yourself by identifying 
who occupies the houses on whom the plague is
being wished.  Any thoughts?
Here I must suspend the allegory lest I encounter 
an intellectual Slough of Despond and get sucked
right in.  But does any of it sound familiar to you?
Frank Gue,
Professional Engineer.
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Friedman and supply-side policies –

From:     Gue Frank <frank.gue@cogeco.ca>Subject: Re:

 Re:           Friedman and supply-side policies 

                   Your August 26, p. 58

Date:       September 6, 2017 at 6:05:53 AM EDT
To:            letters@economist.com
Re:            NAIRU, etc.
Dear Editors:
We grunts who just work for a living are surrounded by naiveté,
malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance in high office and
among professionals who should know better.
Example: we rest major policies on that broken reed, GDP, which
erroneously includes things like the price of crude oil, which is
not a “product” at all in the dictionary meaning of the term and
draws no distinctions among value-added, non-value-added,
and value-subtractive economic activities.
As you say, Friedmanites (and endless others) are driven off-
course by “oil-price shocks” that utterly destroy neat formulae
like GDP or NAIRU.  One is reminded irresistibly of Harold
Macmillan who,  challenged to account for his plan changes,
responded condescendingly and with aphoristic precision,
“Events, dear boy, events.”
We desperately need to replace our bent, elastic, chipped,
illegible economic yardsticks with measures that will better
respond to Sir Harold’s “events”.  Perhaps then we can stop
driving the car by watching the rear-view mirror.
Frank Gue,
Professional Engineer

Commentary on book, “The deep state”

Date:       3 Sept 17

By:          Frank Gue, B,Sc,, MBA, P.Eng.,

2252 Joyce St., Burlington ON Canada L7R 2B5

For:         Whom it may concern

Re:          Comment on the counter-culture book The deep state, linked below, follows.

The deep state is a book in which the introduction says:

Our venerable institutions of government have outwardly remained the same, but they have grown more and more resistant to the popular will as they have become hardwired into a corporate and private influence network with almost unlimited cash to enforce its will.

For a much longer full book review, go to –

http://www.mikelofgren.net/introduction-to-the-deep-state/

For a much shorter review of today’s socio-economic milieu,

see below for my take.

I have  accounted for the phenomena that “The Deep

State” identifies in a lot fewer words.  Like these:

Start a thought experiment at the beginning of any huge socio-

economic upturn.  The end of WWII is a good place to do that.

The previous era was clearly over.  Much both good and bad had

been  destroyed.  We were, in many respects, starting-over.  Bitter

experience had taught us to avoid this, embrace that, as we

rebuilt.  We looked forward with hope and optimism.  That was the

mood in 1946-1950, as I am old enough to remember well.

There was unspoken agreement on an over-arching socio-

economic environment: capitalist democracy.  There was also

knowledgeable, conscientious opposition, which is a good

thing: it kept the c-ds on the straight and narrow.

There followed several decades of rapid improvement based

on these c-d principles.

But what we too often don’t notice is that, although capitalist-

democracy is not evil, there are evil capitalist-democrats.

These evil c-ds gradually find all the ways to game the system,

gain control of all the levers and pushbuttons, and divert the

benefits into their own hands.

Many, perhaps most, of these evil c-ds suffer from the

serious, addictive, incurable Money-Disease (yes, I know

I don’t need and cannot possibly use another $100 million,

but I just have to have it – where’s my next $100M “fix”

going to come from – I just must have it – get out of my

way … ).

No one knows where the tipping point is, i.e. when the

counter-productive activities of the evil c-ds overwhelm

the production of the authentic c-cds.  When finally there

are more “takers” than “makers” (ref: Gibbon, The 

collapse and fall of the Roman Empire), the socio-

economic system stagnates and then begins to crumble.

This stagnation-crumbling is under way, having begun

with a tremor in Japan in 1990 and continuing with a

Force 7 or 8 earthquake in 2008 (remember, one point

on the Richter scale is a ten-to-one increase in severity).

We are now awaiting the probably-inevitable Force 9

socio-economic quake.

Meanwhile, the evil c-ds, who don’t know where the

tipping point is either, are grabbing what they can while

they can.  They have even managed to hijack the

coterie of conscientious, responsible opposition c-ds,

sounding like them thus further confusing the issue to

their profit.

Also meanwhile, a small but growing minority of

observers, including many political outsiders, have

begun to understand what is being

done to them and by whom.  In both organized and

un-organized groups, whose members range from

loony-left through thinking-centrist to rabid-right, using

the Web and other modern weapons, they are having

both successes and failures in their efforts to shore

up the crumbling wall.  Emblematic of their efforts,

folk like President Trump, using poorly-aimed

scatterguns, nevertheless have the right targets in

their sights.  Their mantra is, “A plague on all your

houses.”

You might want to entertain yourself by identifying

who occupies the houses on whom the plague is

being wished.  Any thoughts?

Here I must suspend the allegory lest I encounter

an intellectual Slough of Despond and get sucked

right in.  But does any of it sound familiar to you?

Frank Gue,

Professional Engineer.

Frank Gue – Education and Politics <donotreply@wordpress.com>

Date:       3 Sept 17
By:          Frank Gue, B,Sc,, MBA, P.Eng., 2252 Joyce St., Burlington ON L7R 2B5
For:         Gary Reid
Re:          Comment on the counter-culture book The deep state, linked below
I have been able to account for the phenomena that “The Deep
State” accounts for in a lot fewer words.  Like these:
Start your thought experiment at the beginning of any huge socio-
economic upturn.  The end of WWII is a good place to do that.
The previous era was clearly over.  Much both good and bad was
destroyed.  We were, in many respects, starting-over.  Bitter
experience had taught us to avoid this, and embrace that, as we
rebuilt.  We looked forward with hope and optimism.  That was the
mood in 1946-1950, as I am old enough to remember well.
There was unspoken agreement on an over-arching socio-
economic environment: capitalist democracy.  There was also
knowledgeable, conscientious opposition, which is a good
thing: it kept the c-ds on the straight and narrow.
There followed several decades of rapid improvement based
on these c-d principles.
But what we too often don’t notice is that, although capitalist-
democracy is not evil, there are evil capitalist-democrats.
These evil c-ds gradually find all the ways to game the system,
gain control of all the levers and pushbuttons, and divert the
benefits into their own hands.
Many, perhaps most, of these evil c-ds suffer from the
serious, addictive, incurable Money-Disease (yes, I know
I don’t need and cannot possibly use another $100 million,
but I just have to have it – where’s my next $100M “fix”
going to come from – I just must have it – get out of my
way … ).
No one knows where the tipping point is, i.e. when the
counter-productive activities of the evil c-ds overwhelm
the production of the authentic c-cdsWhen finally there
are more “takers” than “makers” (ref: Gibbon, The 
collapse and fall of the Roman Empire), the socio-
economic system stagnates and then begins to crumble.
This stagnation-crumbling is under way, having begun
with a tremor in Japan in 1990 and continuing with a
Force 7 or 8 earthquake in 2008 (remember, one point
on the Richter scale is a ten-to-one increase in severity).
We are now awaiting the probably-inevitable Force 9
socio-economic quake.
Meanwhile, the evil c-ds, who don’t know where the
tipping point is either, are grabbing what they can while
they can.  They have even managed to hijack the
coterie of conscientious, responsible opposition c-ds,
sounding like them thus further confusing the issue to
their profit.
Also meanwhile, a small but growing minority of
observers have begun to understand what is being
done to them and by whom.  In both organized and
un-organized groups, whose members range from
loony-left through thinking-centrist to rabid-right, using
the Web and other modern weapons, they are having
both successes and failures in their efforts to shore
up the crumbling wall.  Emblematic of their efforts,
folk like President Trump, using poorly-aimed
scatterguns, nevertheless have the right targets in
their sights.  Their mantra is, “A plague on all your
houses.”
Here I must suspend the allegory lest I encounter
an intellectual Slough of Despond and get sucked
right in.  But does any of it sound familiar to you?
Frank Gue,
Professional Engineer.