WTF is the Deep State?

I recently reconnected with a friend from fifteen years ago who used the term “deep state.”

Back in those days, I was already a voluntaryist, but the only word I had was “anarcho-capitalist.” Since I was working in Hollywood, most of the people I knew were Hollywood liberals. I had quickly discovered that talking about philosophy with those people was futile. They didn’t have a clue what I meant. This particular friend seemed to have a more open mind than most, so I had discussed political philosophy with him a few times. I could tell he thought I was a wacko, but harmless.

I recently saw a post on Facebook from him. He seemed to have drastically changed his opinion. Since I agreed with his point, I “liked” his post. To my surprise, he sent me a private message, saying that he didn’t understand what I was talking about back in the day but, since he had learned about the “deep state,” he realized I was right. The Facebook messenger is hardly the place for a philosophical discussion, so I didn’t ask the question on my mind, “WTF is the deep state?”

The State is, and always has been, Our Enemy, as Albert Jay Nock so brilliantly proved in 1935. It is the institution that claims the authority to impose its will on all the inhabitants of its geographical territory. It uses its monopoly on legalized violence to threaten, coerce, manipulate, and rob us all. Although it is made up of human beings, it has an identity of its own, dependent upon one myth that has acquired the attributes of religious faith. Even its priests, who one might expect to know better, delude themselves into believing that their will is the “will of the people” (aka the will of God) and that all they do is for the “greater good.”

Is the “deep state” just another term for the inherent evil of the State, or is it a different institution? The way my friend used it seemed to indicate the former, but then I heard others use it in a way that sounded more like the latter. So I looked it up.

It seems that the supporters of Donald Trump coined the term to mean the “state within the state,” what I always thought of as the establishment politicians, officials, and bureaucrats who hold the dominant power within the State. That makes sense because Donald Trump marketed himself as the anti-establishment candidate, and the “deep state” sounds more nefarious than simply “the State,” which is so widely worshiped, or “the establishment,” which has a connotation of dependable tradition.

If the “deep state” is a separate entity within the State and is in opposition to the “authority of the president,” then what is the State? Apparently, the State is the President, whose election represents the “will of the people,” the basis for the whole con game of some human beings having the “authority” to rule other human beings. The notion that 25 million out of 315 million Americans voting for Trump (many of whom just wanted to prevent the horror of a Hillary Clinton presidency) represents the will of the people is ludicrous. Furthermore, the idea that ill-intentioned politicians are trying to subvert that “will of the people” cloaks what is happening in reality. The “deep state” is merely a faction fighting for power against the president’s faction.

For as long as there has been a State, there have been factions vying for the power it possesses in its monopoly over legalized violence. This battle for power is nothing new or different. It is merely a new term designed to benefit from the public’s mistrust of the State while implying that the State is not the enemy.

What is Libertopia?

Libertopia is a community that espouses and promotes a society of free and responsible people. We believe in the power of individuals to govern their own affairs through voluntary associations without coercion.

Each individual is unique in the universe with inherent dignity. Each possesses free will and the sovereign power to choose his or her own destiny. While recognizing human failures, we believe that the best response to them is to live and let live; letting people experience the consequences of their bad choices rather than trying to control them with violence and coercion.

We believe in the non-aggression principle as a guiding ethical framework for civilization. Any initiation of force or coercion is a violation of this axiom. The only legitimate use of force is in direct defense against acts of violence.

Our mission is to promote peaceful interactions with our fellow man. We encourage responsible conflict resolution by recognizing the value of the individual and respecting the equal rights of others. We support a community within which we can learn from one another and express and share our many gifts and talents.

We believe that order cannot be imposed on society by any ruler(s) but must arise from a shared respect for private property, beginning with a person's ownership of his or her body. The exclusive use of personal property is a requirement of life itself. The recognition of this fact provides order to society by defining voluntary interactions between people as being the only legitimate means of peaceful coexistence.

The reality of life is that individuals have unlimited wants and needs in a world of limited resources. Fortunately, humans are capable of enormous creativity in finding ways to create new resources and to fulfill their desires. The blessings of the scientific revolution have shown that advancing technology can create new resources that not only make our lives easier but weaken the rationale for "redistributing" those resources.

Resources are also called wealth, which is not just money. Centralized rulers claim the authority to create wealth and to redistribute it, but they are incapable of creating wealth, no matter how much "money" they print. And the "redistribution" is simply theft.

Only the voluntary actions of individuals can create wealth. When two people are free to trade their property (including their labor) voluntarily without restriction, each of them ends up better off after each transaction, or they would not have made the trade, which creates wealth. When an individual is free to innovate and to profit from his innovation, he creates wealth. The more voluntary inventions and trades that take place, the more wealth is created. In contrast, every involuntary transaction makes someone worse off, thereby destroying wealth.

A free market (in contrast to the crony capitalism that is called a free market in America today) means being able to trade without restrictions. It solves problems by incentivizing people to create resources for which others will trade. By creating wealth for all, a free market allows a spontaneous order to arise naturally from free people pursuing their happiness peacefully.

Warfare, violence, and coercion are all rationalized as means that are justified by good ends. We believe not only that the ends never justify the means, but that those evil methods will always lead to unwanted results. We visualize a world where all interactions between people are voluntary. In such a world free people flourish, enjoying peace, prosperity, an explosion of creativity, and diversity of lifestyles.

Although centralized power destroys wealth and creates problems for humanity, we do not believe in fighting against centralization. We believe that the world is becoming more decentralized as the benefits of freedom become more apparent to more people around the world. We believe that building communities of people who reject political means in favor of economic means will make the old paradigms of power and violence obsolete. Our mission is to bring together those individuals who want to build voluntary societies.