Lewis: It’s not a deep state, it’s a shallow state. My take away…

“The Fifth Risk” author Michael Lewis says the Trump administration is neglecting the federal government and it’s leading to devastating consequences.
— Read on www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/12/04/amanpour-michael-lewis-fifth-risk-trump-impeachment.cnn

The Fifth Risk” author Michael Lewis says the Trump administration is neglecting the federal government and it’s leading to devastating consequences.

The capacity of government public services has been gutted. It’s not as simple as reducing bureaucracy but evaluating what civil servants actually do for people. Michael Lewis’s description of a Coast Guard staffer who solved a better way to save people list at sea, is a marvellous example. Our culture and body politic demonizes civil servants from coast guard and foreign diplomats or weather forecasters to teachers. It is our own folly that we are sliding into an era of ignorance and every man for himself. An unkind and troubling trend in the US and around the globe. Democracy is a multifaceted institution and idea that needs our participation not just a vote. The values we think we embrace are being let go as much as they are being wrenched from our grasp. – Al Smith

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