Deep politics, the primary focus of this website, is the business of deep states; clandestine groups who seek to exercise control over publicly acknowledged governments of nation states. These are directed by individuals who, for want of a better term, we call "deep politicians". They use deep state actors to carry out their plans, organising and carrying out deep events to further their hidden purposes.
The phrase "deep politics" has been occasionally used for over a century to indicate levels of intrigue beneath the facade of party politics, but until Peter Dale Scott took a more systematic approach these were ad hoc isolated references. Professor Scott uses the phrase to describe goings on that are so at-odds with the public stories about what is happening that they are collectively repressed. If what is generally referred to as "politics" is the 10% of an iceberg that is visible above the water, deep politics is the 90% which underlies it.
Reflecting on the covert actions of the CIA, Scott used the term "parapolitics" in his suppressed book, The War Conspiracy. A quarter century later, his research had taken him beyond parapolitics into a wider arena of generally hidden goings on. He generalised his original notion of "parapolitics" into the broader one of deep politics.
"...parapolitics, which I defined (with the CIA in mind) as a ‘system or practice of politics in which accountability is consciously diminished.’... I still see value in this definition and mode of analysis. But parapolitics as thus defined is itself too narrowly conscious and intentional... it describes at best only an intervening layer of the irrationality under our political culture’s rational surface. Thus I now refer to parapolitics as only one manifestation of deep politics, all those political practices and arrangements, deliberate or not, which are usually repressed rather than acknowledged."
His development of this term derived from his research into the global illegal drug trade. He noted that, for example, when a large drug seizure is made, reports never give the background or examine the systemic pressures which shape and create the business. Although the incidents which break the media silence are undoubtedly connected (though a few independent commentators such as Daniel Hopsicker do try to make such connections), commercially-controlled media never make them, and most members of the general public tend to maintain a concensus trance; acquiescing to the fact that they are being lied to by omission.
“Deep politics is a revision of Scott’s original concept
“Scott came to see parapolitics as “too narrowly conscious and intentional to describe the deeper irrational movements which culminated collectively in the murder of the President.” In contrast deep political analysis presupposes “an open system with divergent power centers and goals”. The collapse of the First Italian Republic in the mid-1990s, involving large-scale criminal influence in government, offers a telling example. It originated as an American parapolitical operation to suborn the threat of communism which parachuted prominent U.S. Mafia hoods into power in post-war Italy “By the 1980s this... strategem had helped spawn a deep political system of corruption exceeding Tammany’s, and (as we know from the Andreotti trial of 1995) beyond the ability of anyone to call it off”. Another example... is the CIA-financed jihad against the Russian occupiers in Afghanistan that flooded Europe with opium and helped create Osama bin Laden, a modern version of the Old Man of the Mountains, who’s 11th Century followers – the Assassins – “sacrificed for him in order to perpetuate his crimes”
David MacGregor, 2002
- Full article: Deep events
- Full article: Deep events
Deep Events are events with a hidden deep political significance. The establishment in general and the corporate media in particular are usually quick to help people suppress such events. The dynamics of what John McMurtry terms the regulating group mind means that often the most transparent official narrative is sufficient to gloss over unwelcome deep political truths. Peter Dale Scott acknowledges that he too has repressed memories of disconcerting truths:
"My notion of deep politics... posits that in every culture and society there are facts which tend to be suppressed collectively, because of the social and psychological costs of not doing so. Like all other observers, I too have involuntarily suppressed facts and even memories about the drug traffic that were too provocative to be retained with equanimity."
Deep Politics on Wikispooks
Wikispooks is an encyclopaedia of deep politics, a collective effort to try to see beyond deceptive official narratives issued by authorities and pushed by corporate media controlled by deep politicians and populated by deep state actors, and to uncover and witness to the deeper truths that the deep state tries to hide. All readers are encouraged to reject the learned helplessness and lack of insight which is the main lesson of the commercially-controlled media in general and television in particular, and strive instead to reach personal conclusions about the world around them, by evaluating all available narratives on the basis of the observable evidence.
- Category:Deep Politics Theory - Wikispooks category of pages on deep politics
- Collection of Radio Shows on Deep Politics
- Deep politics discussion forum and video channel
- Gary Webb's "Dark Alliance"
- VIDEO: "Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair", A 20 minute video production from 1988, includes interview segments with Scott.
- VIDEO: "JFK & 9/11 - Insights Gained From Studying Both", a talk by Peter Dale Scott at the COPA regional meeting in Dallas, Texas at the Lawrence Hotel, November 18, 2006
- VIDEO: "Richard Cheney, Continuity of Government, and 9/11", a talk by Peter Dale Scott at the 9/11 Accountability Conference in Arizona, February 25, 2007
|Deep lobbying||Long term lobbying that mainly uses indirect methods|
|Strategy of tension||An umbrella term used for long series of covert operations by governments aimed at stressing, destabilising or unsettling target populations or states. First used in Italy to describe Operation Gladio bombings.|
|George Carlin||“Governments don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that... that doesn't help them. That’s against their interests. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they are getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin' years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want?... They want obedient workers, obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.”||George Carlin|
|George Carlin||“Sooner or later the people in this country are going to realize the government doesn't give a fuck about them. The government doesn't care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It simply doesn't give a fuck about you. It's interested in its own power. That's the only thing...keeping it, and expanding wherever possible.”||George Carlin|
|Benjamin Disraeli||“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”||Benjamin Disraeli|
|Michael Ruppert||“It’s organized crime. All you do is you call the Republicans the Genoveses and you call the Democrats the Gambinos. The people at the top, they treat it like a crap game. It’s their crap game, like they’re making lots of money. Occasionally, somebody at the table shoots each other, but the moment anything threatens their crap game, they all unite to protect it. ... They’re both controlled by the same financial, economic and corporate interests.”||Michael Ruppert|
|Lawrence Summers||“There are two kinds of politicians: insiders and outsiders. The outsiders prioritize their freedom to speak their version of the truth. The price of their freedom is that they are ignored by the insiders who make the important decisions.”||Lawrence Summers|
|US/Deep state||<nowiki>“I join with those who assess the decay of the so-called Pax Americana into ever widening arms build-ups and military violence, in the light of the very similar decay a century ago of the so-called Pax Brittanica. We need to rescind policies that are as visibly detrimental to America and the world today as they were to Britain then. The problem is that Amnerican institutions are again in the grip of collective mania, as they were in the Palmer raids of 1919 and the McCarthy persecutions of the early 1950s. People outside government must work for a redirection of the U.S. government away from mania and illegality, like the awakening that ends the McCarthy era. But to regain control of politics, Americans must learn to understand and cope with the dark forces of the deep state.|
America, I try to suggest at the end [of The American Deep State] has like Britain far more to contribute to the world than violent power.”</nowiki>
|Peter Dale Scott||2015|
|Document:American War Machine||book introduction||1 November 2010||Peter Dale Scott||A precis of the entire book, an analysis of the hidden mechanisms behind the exercise of real power in the Western World. The book is a culmination and synthesis of all of the author's earlier work on 'Deep Events' and the 'Deep State. Together with the work of Ola Tunander on the same subjects, it is a highly recommended for anyone seeking more than superficial understanding of the predicament of 21st Century humanity.|
|Document:Beyond Conspiracy Theory||paper||February 2010||Lance deHaven-Smith||The article posits a new framework for the analysis of Deep political events and Conspiracy Theories. The term SCAD (State crime against democracy) is explained and developed as a way of connecting the dots across multiple suspect events.|
|Document:Democratic State v Deep State||essay||1 January 2008||Ola Tunander||An excellent introduction to deep politics. By clarifying the real role of the Secret Intelligence Services and the policy agenda they under firm control in most Western 'Democracies' (especially the UKUSA nations), it demonstrates the irrelevance of the party-political masquerade.|
|Document:Guido Preparata 2012 Interview||interview||30 June 2012||Guido Preparata|
|Document:Holy Smoke and Mirrors||article||2000||David Guyatt||A wide ranging overview into the history of the modern supranational deep state, with an emphasis on overall connections and interactions of groups and people, rather than on particular events and dates.|
|Document:Manufacturing Dissent||article||1 June 2008||Zahir Ebrahim|
|Document:Systemic Destabilization in Recent American History||article||24 September 2012||Peter Dale Scott|
|Document:The Coup of '63, Part 1||essay||10 April 2014||Mark Gorton||Part 1 of Mark Gorton's summary of the JFK assassination.|
|Document:The Deep State and 9/11||article||11 June 2008||Peter Dale Scott|
|Document:The Occult Technology of Power||letter||June 1974||Anonymous||A letter and lecture transcripts addressed to a mature son from his father. Their purpose is to prepare the son for his taking the reins of a financial business empire.|
|Document:The Political Dominance of The Cabal||essay||2 March 2014||Mark Gorton||The story of an American political cabal so powerful that it has been able to repress knowledge of its existence for 50 years, and the hidden history of the political force that has dominated American politics for the last 50 years.|
|Document:The Politics of Terror||article||31 August 2010||Douglas Valentine|
|Document:The use of terrorism to construct world order||paper||10 September 2004||Ola Tunander|
|Document:Transnationalised Repression Parafascism and the US||article||September 1986||Peter Dale Scott|
|File:America's Secret Establishment.pdf||book||30 July 1983||Antony Sutton||"If I have a magnum opus, this is it."|
|File:The Use of Terrorism to Construct World Order.pdf||paper||9 September 2004||Ola Tunander||A Paper presented at the Fifth Pan-European International Relations Conference (Panel 28 Geopolitics) Netherlands Congress Centre, The Hague.|
- Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, University of California, 1996, pp.6-7
- Over 20 Tons of Heroin Seized in Afghanistan
- ‘Kerry, Karzai Bury Hatchet in Kabul Meeting’
- The Deep Politics of September 11: Political Economy of Concrete Evil, a chapter within: Research in Political Economy Vol.20, Elsevier, 2002
- The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11, Peter Dale Scott, 2004-10-29