To be accepted into polite company, we Americans are instructed to denounce the very concept of a Deep State (the unelected, extra-constitutional, entrenched, state apparatus).
Oddly, I first heard this eloquent, apt term from Bill Moyers, considered an august force on the Left.
But now, leftists in the era of Trump, joined by neocons and cuckservatives insist that the concept is all the product of Deplorable minds gripped by conspiracy.
Except when it comes to Russia. The American state apparatus they consider virtuous, but Russia certainly has a Deep State.
The Russian Deep State one American “expert” calls: “the natural state.”
Yes, the same kind of American experts who denounce Deep State when applied to the US government, have a term for the Russian Deep State: “the natural state.”
Douglass North, an American political economist, alludes to what sounds like Deep State reality, only it pertains to Russia.
[Putin] presides over the sort of power structure that Douglass North, an American political economist, has called the “natural state”. In this, rents are created by limiting access to economic and political resources, and the limits are enforced by “specialists in violence”. In Russia these are the siloviki of the assorted security and police forces, serving the system as they did in Soviet times. …
Our government goons may not kill us in the name of compliance, but they certainly marginalize us.