by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and
ruled will increase until they` become almost different species. A revolt
of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection
of sheep against the practice of eating mutton….
Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age,
to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the
authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers
that be will become psychologically impossible."
~Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (1953)
believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in
liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone."
"Everything thing we have, every great achievement has come from the
independent work of some independent mind. Every horror and destruction
came from attempts to force men into a herd of brainless, soulless
robots. Without personal rights, without personal ambition, without
will, hope, or dignity. It is an ancient conflict. It has another name:
the individual against the collective."
~Howard Roark from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
“The best society, the best human existence, arrives when humans most
closely determine the truth, and act on the truth, and separate it from
superstition, falsity, or misinformation. And there is no better system
for determining the truth than free speech: Testing the validity of an idea
in the waters of public discussion and debate.”
“You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put
an idea up against the barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets; you
cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell your slaves could ever build.”
the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be-because
sooner or later, if you're posing, you will forget the pose and then
where are you”?
"In the end, everything is a gag."
It's a big club
"The politicians are put there to give you the
idea that you have freedom of choice . . . you
don’t. You have no choice. You have owners.
They own you. They own everything. They own
all the important land. They own, and control
the corporations. They’ve long since bought,
and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the
state houses, the city halls, they got the
judges in their back pockets and they own all
the big media companies, so they control just
about all of the news and information you get
to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions
of dollars every year lobbying . . . lobbying,
to get what they want . . .
Well, we know what they want. They want more
for themselves and less for everybody else,
but I’ll tell you what they don’t want . . .
they don’t want a population of citizens
capable of critical thinking. They don’t want
well informed, well educated people capable of
critical thinking. They’re not interested in
that . . . that doesn’t help them. That’s against their
interests. That’s right. They don’t want
people who are smart enough to sit around a
kitchen table and think about how badly
they’re getting fucked by a system that threw
them overboard 30 fuckin' years ago. They
don’t want that. You know what they want? They
want obedient workers . . .
Obedient workers, people who are just smart
enough to run the machines and do the
paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively
accept all these increasingly shittier jobs
with the lower pay, the longer hours, the
reduced benefits, the end of overtime and
vanishing pension that disappears the minute
you go to collect it, and now they’re coming
for your Social Security money. They want your
fuckin' retirement money. They want it back so
they can give it to their criminal friends on
Wall Street, and you know something?
get it . . . they’ll get it all from you
sooner or later cause they own this fuckin'
It’s a Big Club and You ain't
You and I are not in The Big Club.
By the way, it’s the same big club they use to
beat you over the head with all day long when
they tell you what to believe. All day long
beating you over the head with their media
telling you what to believe, what to think and
what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The
game is rigged and nobody seems to notice.
Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working
people . . . white collar, blue collar it
doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on.
Good honest hard-working people continue,
these are people of modest means . . .
continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who
don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a
fuck about you . . . they don’t give a fuck
They don’t care about you at all . . . at all
. . . at all, and nobody seems to notice.
Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners
count on. The fact that Americans will
probably remain willfully ignorant of the big
red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed
up their assholes everyday, because the owners
of this country know the truth. It’s called
the American Dream cause you have to be asleep
to believe it . . ."
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
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
Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the
interest groups whose campaign contributions control
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
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
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
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
Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money.
Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth,
ignorance, propaganda, and short memories finish the
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
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
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 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
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and an
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. His latest book, HOW THE
ECONOMY WAS LOST, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press. He
can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com
~Paul Craig Roberts 2010
Philosophy of Liberty
My philosophy is based on the principle of self-ownership. You
own your life. To deny this is to imply that another person
has a higher claim on your life than you do. No other person,
or group of persons, owns your life nor do you own the lives
of others. You exist in time: future, present, and past. This
is manifest in life, liberty, and the product of your life and
The exercise of choices over life and liberty is your prosperity.
To lose your life is to lose your future. To lose your liberty
is to lose your present. And to lose the product of your life
and liberty is to lose the portion of your past that produced
A product of your life and liberty is your property. Property
is the fruit of your labor, the product of your time, energy,
and talents. It is that part of nature that you turn to valuable
use. And it is the property of others that is given to you by
voluntary exchange and mutual consent. Two people who exchange
property voluntarily are both better off or they wouldn't do
it. Only they may rightfully make that decision for themselves.
At times some people use force or fraud to take from others
without willful, voluntary consent. Normally, the initiation
of force to take life is murder, to take liberty is slavery,
and to take property is theft. It is the same whether these
actions are done by one person acting alone, by the many acting
against a few, or even by officials with fine hats and fancy
You have the right to protect your own life, liberty, and justly
acquired property from the forceful aggression of others. So
you may rightfully ask others to help protect you. But you do
not have a right to initiate force against the life, liberty,
or property of others. Thus, you have no right to designate
some person to initiate force against others on your behalf.
You have a right to seek leaders for yourself, but would have
no right to impose rulers on others. No matter how officials
are selected, they are only human beings and they have no rights
or claims that are higher than those of any other human beings.
Regardless of the imaginative labels for their behavior or the
numbers of people encouraging them, officials have no right
to murder, to enslave, or to steal.
You cannot give them any rights that you do not have yourself.
Since you own your life, you are responsible for your life.
You do not rent your life from others who demand your obedience.
Nor are you a slave to others who demand your sacrifice.
You choose your own goals based on your own values. Success
and failure are both the necessary incentives to learn and to
Your action on behalf of others, or their action on behalf of
you, is only virtuous when it is derived from voluntary, mutual
consent. For virtue can only exist when there is free choice.
This is the basis of a truly free society. It is not only the
most practical and humanitarian foundation for human action;
it is also the most ethical.
Problems that arise from the initiation of force by government
have a solution. The solution is for people of the world to
stop asking officials to initiate force on their behalf. Evil
does not arise only from evil people, but also from good people
who tolerate the initiation of force as a means to their own
ends. In this manner, good people have empowered evil throughout
Having confidence in a free society is to focus on the process
of discovery in the marketplace of values rather than to focus
on some imposed vision or goal. Using governmental force to
impose a vision on others is intellectual sloth and typically
results in unintended, perverse consequences. Achieving a free
society requires courage to think, to talk, and to act - especially
when it is easier to do nothing.
The Left/Right Paradigm
"The argument that the two
parties should represent opposed ideals
and policies, one,
perhaps, of the Right and the other of the
Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to
doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
Instead, the two parties should be almost
identical, so that the American people can
"throw the rascals out" at any election
without leading to any profound or
extensive shifts in policy."
~Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A
History of the World in our Time
the foremost journalist of his day, was asked
to toast an independent press at a New York
banquet given in his honour by other
journalists. We are intellectual prostitutes
His response was clear and forthright:
“There is no such thing, at this stage
of the world’s history in America, as an
independent press. You know it and I know
There is not one of you who dare write your
honest opinions, and if you did, you know
beforehand that it would never appear in
print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest
opinions out of the paper I am connected with.
Other of you are paid similar salaries for
similar things, and any of you who would be
foolish as to write honest opinions would be
out on the streets looking for another job.
If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in
one issue of my papers, before twenty-four
hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalist is to destroy
the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to
vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to
sell his country and his race for his daily
bread. You know it and I know it, and what
folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the jumping jacks, they pull the
strings and we dance. Our talents, our
possibilities and our lives are all the
property of other men.
We are intellectual prostitutes."
~John Swinton, New York 1890
Rockefeller speaking at the Bilderberger
meeting in June 1991 in Baden Baden, Germany.
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the NY Times, Time
Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended
our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost
40 years....It would have been impossible for us to develop our
plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity
during those years.
But, the world is more sophisticated
and prepared to march towards a world
government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual
elite and world
bankers is surely preferable to the
national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation
of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important
element in democratic society.
Those who manipulate this unseen
mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the
true ruling power of our country."
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