Second part of the headline needs some explanation Caitlin, surely they don’t sentence you to twenty years of boredom for trying to dry your hair with rain do they? [Leonard Cohen fans will understand that :-) ]
Earlier today I was arguing with one of the “they’re all conspiracy theorists” types who was trying to claim The Deep State is just an alt_right conspiracy theory dreamed up by Trump supporters (funny; I thought the alt_right were Trump supporters — oh well, it’s hard to keep up with the demographic changes sometimes,) and I couldn’t resist commenting that Trump supporters must be really really old, as the ‘deep state’ was first alluded to by Benjamin D’Israeli, several times British Prime Minister in the 19th century, in 1844. In his novel Coningsby, which experts on political history claim is a thinly disguised attack on the Rothchild banking family.
Though D’Israeli does not use the phrase ‘deep state’ his references to ‘unseen forces in the two snippets below are quite clear in their intent. And Coningsby was no fantasy, it contains many easily identifiable references to events and political figures of the time:
“So you see, my dear Coningsby, that the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”
And again …
“Governments do not govern, but merely control the machinery of government, being themselves controlled by the hidden hand … “
Such lines are often used to try to prove D’Israeli had links with the Freemasons, but there is absolutely no evidence to support that.
However the ‘hidden influences’ were around long before Trump, Obama or Bush and have hamstrung many leaders who rose to power on promises that they would change the system. A few might even have genuinely intended to give it their best efforts. We all know what happened in Dallas back in 1963, not long after one such reformer made a speech about the influence wielded by certain ex — officio groups in government.