Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act.
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.
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
is an inconvenience for government and for the interest
groups whose campaign contributions control government.
is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want
convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.
is inconvenient for ideologues.
many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now
paid handsomely to hide it.
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
"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
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
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
"studies" that hype this or that new medicine
produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for 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.
media helped the US military hype its recent Marja
offensive in Afghanistan, describing
as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It turns out
that Marja is not urban but a collection of village
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
awards" by replacing U.S. labor with foreign labor.
While Washington worries about
threat," Wall Street, U.S. corporations and
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
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.
Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would
tell them any different.
I was associate editor and columnist for the
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
For the last six years I have been banned from the
media." My last
in the New York
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
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
producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a
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.
American media does not serve the truth. It serves the
government and the interest groups that empower the
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.
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 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
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
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;
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 book, How The Economy Was Lost,
has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.