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Americans' Economic Prospects And Civil Liberties Have Been Stolen

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The financial crisis and plight of the banksters took center stage and prevented recognition that the crisis sprang not only from the financial deregulation but also from the expansion of debt that was used to substitute for the lack of growth in consumer income. As more and more jobs were offshored, Americans were deprived of incomes from employment. To maintain their consumption, Americans went deeper into debt.

The fact that millions of jobs have been moved offshore is the reason why the most expansionary monetary and fiscal policies in US history have had no success in reducing the unemployment rate. In post-World War II 20th century recessions, laid-off workers were called back to work as expansionary monetary and fiscal policies stimulated consumer demand. However, 21st century unemployment is different. The jobs have been moved abroad and no longer exist. Therefore, workers cannot be called back to factories and to professional service jobs that have been moved abroad.

Economists have failed to recognize the threat that jobs offshoring poses to economies and to economic theory itself, because economists confuse offshoring with free trade, which they believe is mutually beneficial. I will show that offshoring is the antithesis of free trade and that the doctrine of free trade itself is found to be incorrect by the latest work in trade theory. Indeed, as we reach toward a new economics, cherished assumptions and comforting theoretical conclusions will be shown to be erroneous.

This book is organized into three sections. The first section explains successes and failures of economic theory and the erosion of the efficacy of economic policy by globalism. Globalism and financial concentration have destroyed the justifications of market capitalism. Corporations that have become "too big to fail" are sustained by public subsidies, thus destroying capitalism's claim to be an efficient allocator of resources. Profits no longer are a measure of social welfare when they are obtained by creating unemployment and declining living standards in the home country.

The second section documents how jobs offshoring or globalism and financial deregulation wrecked the US economy, producing high rates of unemployment, poverty and a distribution of income and wealth extremely skewed toward a tiny minority at the top. These severe problems cannot be corrected within a system of globalism.

The third section addresses the European debt crisis and how it is being used both to subvert national sovereignty and to protect bankers from losses by imposing austerity and bailout costs on citizens of the member countries of the European Union.

I will suggest that it is in Germany's interest to leave the EU, revive the mark, and enter into an economic partnership with Russia. German industry, technology, and economic and financial rectitude, combined with Russian energy and raw materials, would pull all of Eastern Europe into a new economic union, with each country retaining its own currency and budgetary and tax authority. This would break up NATO, which has become an instrument for world oppression and is forcing Europeans to assume burdens of the American Empire.

Sixty-seven years after the end of World War II, twenty-two years after the reunification of Germany, and twenty-one years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Germany is still occupied by US troops. Do Europeans desire a future as puppet states of a collapsing empire, or do they desire a more promising future of their own?

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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Fought for liberty as human achievement liberating... by Klaudio Vinkerlić on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 12:00:05 PM
They seem quite at peace. Surely are we not exagge... by Ad Du on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 1:08:50 PM
Rather, enslavement is a man-made curse.However, t... by Maxwell on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 1:46:43 PM
The Imperial Presidency of George W Bush Remains I... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:17:30 PM
OR, the final, ultimate option over which many are... by Season on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:46:26 PM
to keep it...and who, for whatever reason, never s... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:47:37 PM
is libertarianism growing so rapidly among millenn... by June Genis on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 4:01:06 PM
The alternative to globalism is nationalism. Natio... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:59:20 PM
Bravo, Paul Craig Roberts!  You clearly expou... by Gary Corseri on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 7:23:29 PM
Thanks for the article. Modern civic Libertarianis... by Libertarian International on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 8:49:59 AM
We are being "globalized".  Reduced to the st... by Matthew Peters on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 10:59:38 AM
What we have is not true deregulation across the b... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:37:47 PM