Paul Craig Roberts: No point in writing more

March 28, 2010

This was forwarded to me by a friend, presumably from an Alex Jones website. Various friends have sent me stuff from Jones, and I often find it hysterical and unreliable. But Roberts is a different story.

The following editorial note is, of course, from the piece that was forwarded to me.

Editor: When Paul Craig Roberts gave us permission to post this article, he  indicated to Alex Jones that it would probably be his last. Regular readers  of PCR’s outstanding columns will be disappointed to hear that he is bowing  out for the time being. Alex will discuss the reasons behind this on  tomorrow’s show. Roberts has also told us that he will probably appear as a  guest on The Alex Jones Show later next week to expand on why he has decided  to “sign off,” as he puts it in the following article.


Truth Has Fallen and Taken Liberty With It


There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time  when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and  not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or  financial interest.

Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for  truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.

Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who  speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-semite” or  “conspiracy theorist.”

Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose  campaign contributions control government.

Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the  discovery of innocence or guilt.

Truth is inconvenient for ideologues.

Today many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now paid  handsomely to hide it. “Free market economists” are paid to sell offshoring  to the American people. High-productivity, high value-added American jobs  are denigrated as dirty, old industrial jobs. Relics from long ago, we are  best shed of them. Their place has been taken by “the New Economy,” a  mythical economy that allegedly consists of high-tech white collar jobs in  which Americans innovate and finance activities that occur offshore. All  Americans need in order to participate in this “new economy” are finance  degrees from Ivy League universities, and then they will work on Wall Street  at million dollar jobs.

Economists who were once respectable took money to contribute to this myth  of “the New Economy.”

And not only economists sell their souls for filthy lucre. Recently we have  had reports of medical doctors who, for money, have published in  peer-reviewed journals concocted “studies” that hype this or that new  medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for the “studies.”

The Council of Europe is investigating the drug companies’ role in hyping a  false swine flu pandemic in order to gain billions of dollars in sales of  the vaccine.

The media helped the US military hype its recent Marja offensive in  Afghanistan, describing Marja as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It  turns out that Marja is not urban but a collection of village farms.

And there is the global warming scandal, in which NGOs. the UN, and the  nuclear industry colluded in concocting a doomsday scenario in order to  create profit in pollution.

Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money.

Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth, ignorance, propaganda, and  short memories finish the job.

I remember when, following CIA director William Colby’s testimony before the  Church Committee in the mid-1970s, presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan  issued executive orders preventing the CIA and U.S. black-op groups from  assassinating foreign leaders. In 2010 the US Congress was told by Dennis  Blair, head of national intelligence, that the US now assassinates its own  citizens in addition to foreign leaders.

When Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that US citizens no longer  needed to be arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a capital crime,  just murdered on suspicion alone of being a “threat,” he wasn’t impeached.  No investigation pursued. Nothing happened. There was no Church Committee.  In the mid-1970s the CIA got into trouble for plots to kill Castro. Today it  is American citizens who are on the hit list. Whatever objections there  might be don’t carry any weight. No one in government is in any trouble over  the assassination of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government.

As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has  no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the  off-shoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit  of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO “performance  bonuses,” have moved the production of goods and services marketed to  Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists  describe off-shoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize  that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics  profession.

Intelligence and integrity have been purchased by money. The transnational  or global U.S. corporations pay multi-million dollar compensation packages  to top managers, who achieve these “performance awards” by replacing U.S.  labor with foreign labor. While Washington worries about “the Muslim   threat,” Wall Street, U.S. corporations and “free market” shills destroy  the U.S. economy and the prospects of tens of millions of Americans.

Americans, or most of them, have proved to be putty in the hands of the  police state.

Americans have bought into the government’s claim that security requires the  suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly,  Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas  corpus and due process, protect “terrorists,” and not themselves. Many also  believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents  government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep  Americans safe and free.

Most Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would tell them any  different.

I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I was  Business Week’s first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I  was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300  newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in  France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the  New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I  cannot publish in, or appear on, the American “mainstream media.”

For the last six years I have been banned from the “mainstream media.” My  last column in the New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with  Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer representing New York. We addressed  the off-shoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the  Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A  debate was launched. No such thing could happen today.

For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility  for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street  Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But  when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to  Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column.

The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the  government and the interest groups that empower the government.

America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought  the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is  contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our  time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a  domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It  is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the  premise upon which they are based.

These trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington’s  deficits and threaten the U.S. dollar’s role as world reserve currency. The  wars and the pressure that the budget deficits put on the dollar’s value  have put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Former Goldman  Sachs chairman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is after these  protections for the elderly. Fed chairman Bernanke is also after them. The  Republicans are after them as well. These protections are called  “entitlements” as if they are some sort of welfare that people have not paid  for in payroll taxes all their working lives.

With over 21 per cent unemployment as measured by the methodology of 1980,  with American jobs, GDP, and technology having been given to China and  India, with war being Washington’s greatest commitment, with the dollar  over-burdened with debt, with civil liberty sacrificed to the “war on  terror,” the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown  into the trash bin of history.

The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate  greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might  extinguished, I am signing off.


2 Responses to “Paul Craig Roberts: No point in writing more”

  1. Charles Sides Says:

    Wow! What a column! Thank you for being the conduit for people to read this.

  2. cormackcapital Says:

    Perhaps someday he will be writing again but it is really disturbing to hear about how all of his mainstream affiliations dropped him for lack of compliance with their views.

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