An interesting over at Chicago Boyz entitled The Deep State. The worries of Bill Moyers, though still frozen in liberal amber, are a significant part of the discussion.
The privacy and
surveillance concerns have been topics for the conspiracy theorists.
Yet that is hardly necessary. The number of people in federal
government, plus the enormous number of hangers-on as lobbyists and
contractors, now constitutes a group so large that they are a class
interest unto themselves. They don't have to have any ill motives or
secret agendas to be dangerous. They just have to be regular folks who
have jobs and want to keep them, who have some understanding what is
good for their "industry," and some power to protect themselves. That
in itself makes them a threat to other Americans. That this much power
attracts the super-ambitious and under-conscienced only makes it worse.
right gets distracted by the similarity of such behavior to the State
under dictatorships, which is true but unnecessary to notice. Yet the
left is worse, continuing to believe that the Real Problem is
super-ambitious and under-conscienced people in business, a place those
can actually do little harm. It comes from deriving one's political
beliefs from stories rather than knowledge. We can easily envision rich
businessmen doing evil things and not caring much about others - heck,
the scriptwriters for the Muppets have been doing it for years. It is
harder to write a simple morality tale about government empire-builders
in shadowy places. We make up hero-stories about fighting baddies, and
it is easier to write one script than the other in our feeble
imaginations, so dependent on inherited themes.
It is a continuing belief of mine that this reliance on narrative explains most of our politics. Once one is an ideologue, intelligence is only used to play chess against oneself.