Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It



Good-bye


During times of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act.
 



George Orwell

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. 


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. Relicts 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 big pharma`s 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
climate scientists, financed by Wall Street and
corporations anxious to get their mitts on
"cap and trade"
and by a U.N. agency anxious to redistribute income from
rich to poor countries, concocted 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 offshoring 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 offshoring 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 offshoring 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 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 i
s
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 percent 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. 

Paul Craig Roberts [email
him
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Wall
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of


Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
;
 Alienation
and the Soviet Economy
and

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
,
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of


The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

here
for Peter
Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
His latest bookHow The Economy Was Lost,

has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.