Power, politics and propaganda

’One of the leading intellectual and media figures of the twentieth century was journalist and presidential adviser Walter Lippmann. He thought that people in general was unable to draw conclusions and come up with solutions without being controlled by an intellectual elite.’

French universal genius Paul Valery once said that ’politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.’ Some would argue that this is something that the Power Elite of the world has succeeded extremely well in doing.

But who are the ’Power Elite’?

Sociologist C. Wright Mills, who coined the term “Power Elite,” defined it as “those that occupy the dominant positions, in the dominant institutions: military, economic and political, of a country.” In other words: key people in key positions of power. One might also add the intelligence agencies.

Peter Dale Scott, former diplomat and professor in English at UC Berkeley, coined the term “Deep politics,” which refers to the secret networks operating within and outside government agencies. In essence; a deep state functioning behind the official one and where the real power is. Scotts talks about ”Structural deep events” to refer to deep events which ”are large enough to affect the whole fabric of society.” These events, he says, are used to effect far reaching deep political goals, and may be used as a pretext for a swathe of subsequent deep events.