January 16, 2018 10:39 am -

Steve Bannon may be out of Donald Trump’s circle of trust, for now. But one of Bannon’s crucial contributions to the Trump propaganda machine — the equation of career bureaucrats with a “deep state”, i.e., an illegitimate shadow government — continues to thrive within the Trump administration.

The idea of a “deep state” originated in more left-leaning circles, to describe the admittedly worrisome way that entrenched government agencies like the CIA can continue their operations regardless of who occupies the White House. Bannon’s stroke of genius was to use the term to demonize the majority of federal employees who are not political appointees, but have been hired to manage the daily operations of the government. MORE…

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.