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Good-bye. Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It

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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 U.S. 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 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.


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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Mr Roberts, will you acknowledge that at the root ... by Keith Pope on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 10:49:50 AM
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I certainly understand where you are coming from. ... by arlen custer on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:28:42 AM
The article hints at resignation. But from what? F... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:39:21 AM
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We need people to keep speaking Truth to Power, an... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:48:07 AM
It sucks being the one-eyed man in the Kingdom of ... by Ishmael1 on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:01:24 PM
Please don't leave us PCR. You worked for Reagan. ... by Adam Smith on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:42:03 PM
Paul Craig Roberts has been among the most cogent ... by JimZ on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:42:42 PM
Mr. Roberts, no doubt it is discouraging, that the... by boomerang on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 12:49:33 PM
I've enjoyed seeing all the comments posted here i... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 10:49:17 AM
Aye, Ned! You have a good heart and a sturdy pen. ... by boomerang on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 1:07:50 PM
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Mr Roberts I hope you weren't literally signing of... by julia cresswell on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 6:16:38 PM
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on 911. More than 1000 architects and engineers (... by Oh on Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 10:12:45 PM
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Paul's first sentence states: "There was a time wh... by The Pen vs The Sword on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 11:33:30 AM
and we therefore can't afford to effectively compe... by Richard Lee on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 7:38:10 PM
...about this, and I wonder if Mr. Roberts has bee... by Ms Nan on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 2:26:27 PM
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I used it once, somewhere, too. A good one.If Paul... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 6:01:14 PM
The problem is that people are cowards. Even if t... by Bob Gormley on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 5:13:34 PM
"It is pointless to complain of war and a police s... by Nordic on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 7:03:23 PM
Dear Readers, I appreciate your loyalty and suppor... by paul craig roberts on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 8:01:49 PM
I gave this a 'recommend'. This thread is soon to ... by Ned Lud on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 6:30:06 AM
is self censorship. This is NOT meant as a critici... by Sherry Mann on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 9:03:55 PM
Sherry Mann is one of the heroines of our time. Ha... by paul craig roberts on Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 10:13:03 PM
Mr. Roberts, please note that every individual who... by boomerang on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 12:18:46 AM
"America's fate was sealed when the public and the... by Jay Janson on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:14:54 PM