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Episode 2.1: “Red State, Blue State, Deep State” (Part 1)

Updated: Aug 24, 2020


Readings discussed in this Episode:


1. Contrasting perspectives on the “Deep State”:

a. (Anonymous Author): I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” New York Times, Sept. 5, 2018.


b. David D’Amato: The Deep State’s Tyranny Endureslibertatianism.org, Dec. 20, 2019.


c. Rebecca Gordon: Trump’s Idea of a Conspiratorial Deep State Is… Just the Regular Government, The Nation, Jan. 15, 2020.


d. Türkay Salim Nefes: “The Conspiratorial Style in Turkish Politics: Discussing the Deep State in the Parliament,” in Joseph E. Uscinski, ed: Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them. Oxford University Press, 2019.


e. Peter Dale Scott: The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld,” Asia-Pacific Journal (Vol. 12, Issue 10, Number 5), March 3, 2014.


f. “Understanding Trump's 'Hit List': Experience Matters Far Less Than Loyalty,” (an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan), NPR: Fresh Air, Feb 28, 2020.


g. Virgil: The Deep State vs. Donald Trump,” Breitbart, 12 Dec. 2016.

2. President Dwight Eisenhower Farewell Speech, January 17, 1961. C-SPAN.

3. Seven Days in May (Paramount, 1964), Directed by John Frankenheimer; Starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Fredric March.

4. Jesse Walker: The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory. Harper, 2013.


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