The Deep State

  • by Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by Brian O'Neill
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred, House of Cards-style exposé of who really wields power in Washington.
Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making. The real work gets done behind the scenes by invisible bureaucrats working for the vast web of agencies that actually dictate our foreign policy, defense posture, and security decisions.
Have you ever wondered why Obama's policies look so much like Bush's? Seek no further: Hillary versus Jeb is just window dressing. Actual power lies in the Deep State, Washington's shadowy power elite, in the pockets of corporate interests and dependent on the moguls of Silicon Valley, whose data-collecting systems enable the US government to spy on our every move, swipe, and click. Drawing on insider knowledge gleaned in his three decades on the Hill, Lofgren offers a provocative wake-up call to Americans and urges them to fight to reinstate the basic premise of the Constitution.

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Almost good, but profoundly misunderstands economics and very biased towards Democrats

His profound misunderstanding of capitalism drags this book down. He seems to blame deregulation and libertarian ideas for all of our present ills. He will argue that the deep state is too influential and powerful, and therefore we need Congress and the Supreme Court to be more powerful to reign them in. But Congress is already one of the greatest facilitators of the Deep State. He also seems to think that all power Democrats would be good for the country, but all powerful Republicans would destroy us. Isn't the real problem that any government entity is all powerful??

Also, his failure to address the Federal Reserve's role in the rise of the military industrial complex shows a very shallow level of research....

If the problem is an uncontrollable government with ultimate power, making congress the uncontrollable power instead of the executive branch is not the solution.

It's such a shame. Some of the content in this book is valuable and important, but it is hard to trust him in light of his truly paradoxical conclusions.
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- Nina Prevot

Reads just like a Democrat operative from Huff-po

Would you try another book from Mike Lofgren and/or Brian O'Neill?

No. I could hardly complete this one. He had some good points on the Deep State that I appreciate and agree with, in the early part of the book. Then he spent the last half of the book brutally and unfairly attacking the Republican party and conservative ideology. I too, disagree with beltway R/s, but this guy hates every aspect of the party: low tax, military support, social conservative...and he has a special disdain for Tea Party. I would have assumed he might have found something to agree with the latter, since they share a similar disdain for the mainstream R's, and agree with many of his Deep State concepts, but he had nothing but insults for them and their faction of the party.


What do you think your next listen will be?

I think I will leave the opinion pieces and choose something fact-based for my next read.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was one of the few positives in an otherwise painful read.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I hoped Mr Lofgren would make an attempt to be fair and balanced, but he just couldn't help himself. He clearly made little attempt to blame the deep state issue on anybody but the evil Republicans. Once he ran out of things to discuss on the topic of the book's title, he spent the rest of the book throwing conservatives under the bus. He is obviously a dyed-in-the-wool liberal who for financial reasons spent three decades working for the Republican establishment...now that he has retired he is finally free to evacuate his real feelings.


Any additional comments?

If you would enjoy listening to a Huff-Po writer ramble on for 10+ hours, you might find this book enjoyable.

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- K. M. Kilgore "KMKMD"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books