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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