Why I love Peter Dale Scott and Why You Should Too
Peter Dale Scott [PDS] (January 11 1929) is a Canadian born, now US based, former University of California, Berkeley English professor who has authored numerous academic books, journals, articles, and book length poems on ‘deep politics’ and ‘deep events’. I am almost certain that those who have read his work extensively feel the same way that I do: I love this man.
Love is a powerful word, it conjures up a multitude of emotions and responses beyond anyone’s ability to describe in script alone. It is undisputedly the most important aspect of what it means to be human. Declaring love for another individual is not merely an abstract undertaking, but rather an overwhelming necessity, if indeed it is truly felt.
The love I feel towards PDS is, of course, Platonic. Platonic love, in my humble opinion, is more difficult to describe and generally boarder in terms of range and depth compared to the love one has towards a spouse. The love I feel for professor Scott is one which has inspired my mind and soul, and helped direct me to more meaningful and greatly spiritual pursuits. Primarily, poetry, philosophy and deep history.
Some in the alternative research community have criticised PDS for being too conservative with his conclusions and too soft with his social democratic solutions, when examining those deep political-historical realities in the United States — and elsewhere — that so many fail to acknowledge, or actively suppress. However, such critics are unappreciative of the highly nuanced and delicately rigorous approach that has allowed PDS to write scholarly books, with academic publishers, on some of the most controversial events in world history e.g. the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and terrorist attacks of 9/11. By advancing an empirically judicious examination of all the available evidence, PDS has recorded beautifully woven webs of corruption, conspiracy, and high crimes of corporate-government combines, which collude to further their own agenda(s).
However, the difficultly in establishing a prudent theoretical framework for such deep events is noticeable. Throughout his work, PDS has struggled to fully describe the murky world in which the covert and overt powers meet to do business. The deep state, deep politics, deep events, parapolitics, para-state, dual-state, meta-group and other terms have been created, moulded, and remoulded to try to understand and explain all the wide ranging phenomena that have emerged from the collusion(s) between legitimate and illegitimate violence (Scott, 1996: xi-xxii & 2007: 267-271).
Alongside PDS’s impeccable political-historical research, he has authored multiple works of political poetry; allowing exploration of all those emotions and feelings with regards to violence and deep events, which one is unable to examine via the historical record alone (1989 & 2012).
Beyond these accomplishments, PDS was also a public servant for the Canadian government; for four years he was in diplomatic service as a junior representative (1957-1961) asking, during the height of the Cold War, ‘Why can’t we just have peace?’
PDS, again, in my humble opinion, has done more for social science and history than any other scholar still alive today. Although many anarchists, Marxists, and other radicals will cite Noam Chomsky as the most important social and political critic of US foreign policy and contemporary history of the last century—and don’t get me wrong the sheer scale and scope of his contribution is highly impressive and relevant to our understandings of current issues—PDS’s analysis and cutting insights into the collusions within the underworld and overworld in the West are second to none. Indeed, he has been one of the only academics working with a university status to publish books on deep events in the US over the last half century.
PDS’s research pokes a huge hole through those purely structural and systemic theories, still found in the majority of academic literature. As PDS himself has put it: if one believes dominant structures determine the course of world events, one has to accept that those structures and systems have back-doors in them, which can be exploited and abused by corrupt individuals and networks. Without the insights generated and discovered via PDS, and those few other academics that study and write about deep politics, the world would be supremely more confusing and indiscernible as it already is.
Structuralists struggle to answer why certain individuals act in seemingly bizarre ways that go against their own interest. For example, Chomsky has recently admitted that he is unable to account for President Obama’s policy of further eroding basic rights, stating: “The one thing that did surprise me is his attack on civil liberties. They go well beyond anything I would have anticipated, and they don’t seem easy to explain…. It’s a very serious attack on civil liberties. He doesn’t gain anything from it — he doesn’t get any political mileage out of it. In fact, most people don’t even know about it… I just don’t understand why he’s doing it.” (Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/29/noam-chomsky-obamas-attack-civil-liberties-goes-we/)
However, if Chomsky were to read PDS’s analysis of deep politics and the Continuity of Government agenda, found in elements of the US dual state, then issues such as these would be crystal clear (Scott, 2007:180-194 & 236-246). Put more simply, an understanding of the world without the incorporation and acceptance of deep events, deep politics, and dual/para-state paradigms, is an understanding fundamentally flawed and incurably inaccurate. Without acknowledging and trying to uncover those machinations between governmental, corporate, and organised crimes elements which routinely corrupt and ‘game’ the systems and structures of societies the world over, then one is not only viewing the world through ‘rose-coloured glasses’, but will lose the ability to comprehend both political and economic reality; finding themselves befuddled by seemingly incongruous events and policy directions.
That is why I love Peter Dale Scott: his work opens the world up to a deeper more nuanced understanding of society, and the nature of political reality. Without him, would we know what really happened during the build up to and the day of 9/11 (Scott, 2007)? Would we know all the reasons for the continuing occupation of Afghanistan (Scott, 2010)? Would we know what happened to JFK and why (Scott, 1996 & 2008)? Would we know that the very government at ‘war’ with drugs around the globe, has elements within it which profit from their sale (Scott, 1998 & 2003)? Would we know what was really going on in the world? And would we have a chance of stopping all this madness? The answer to all of these questions, as always, in my humble opinion, is: no, we would not. The world is a much better place with the likes of PDS exposing those elites who try their hardest to remain in the shadows, and I am eternally grateful for his hard work, his dedication to the truth, and for radically altering my view of reality forever.
Professor Scott, you may not have changed the whole world, but you have touched and inspired a generation of truth seekers, such as myself, who struggle to find sanity in an insane society. For all of these reasons and countless more, I will never let your work be forgotten and I will always love you.
For more of Scott’s fascinating work see his homepage at: http://www.peterdalescott.net/
Scott, Peter Dale: (1989): ‘Coming to Jakarta: A poem about terror’, US New York: New Directions Publishing.
––––––––––––––. (1996): ‘Deep Politics and the Death of JFK’, US Berkeley: University of California Press.
––––––––––––––. (1998): ‘Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America’, US Berkeley: University of California Press.
––––––––––––––. (2003): ‘Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Columbia, and Indochina’, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
––––––––––––––. (2007): ‘The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America’, US Berkeley: University of California Press.
––––––––––––––. (2008): ‘The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11 and the Deep Politics of war’, US Ipswich, MA: Mary Ferrell Foundation Press.
––––––––––––––. (2010): ‘The American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan’, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
––––––––––––––. (2012): ‘Tilting Point’, Word Temple Press.
 ‘Deep politics’, as defined by Scott, are “All those political practices and arrangements, deliberate or not, that are usually repressed in public discourse rather than acknowledged” (2007:267).