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the view of America as a rogue state consolidates abroad, Americans
appear largely bystanders at the spectacle of their government
running amok. People forget the myriad instances of their
government's flouting of the Constitution and international legal
norms--if ever they were aware of them in the first place--accepting
to live in the increasingly pernicious "new normal" with little
This remarkable anthology of columns
documents and reminds us of the extraordinary developments that, in
their accumulation, have led to the destruction of accountable and
moral government in the US.
American commentators have cut more clearly through the deepening
deceit, hypocrisy and outright criminality that has infested
official Washington since 9/11 than Paul Craig Roberts. His
scathing critique sheds much-needed light on the country’s impending
nightmare—economic collapse, internal repression, ongoing wars, and
rising rejection by friends and foes alike.
America Was Lost marks
Roberts as one of the most prescient and courageous moral
commentators in America today.
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
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.
militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and
corporate greed, will now run their course.
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PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
a former Assistant Secretary
Treasury, and associate editor and columnist for the
Wall Street Journal. He has
before committees of Congress on 30 occasions. Dr. Roberts was
awarded the US Treasury’s Meritorious Service Award for “outstanding
contributions to the formulation of US economic policy,” and in 1987
President François Mitterrand accepted his government’s
recommendation to award Roberts the French Legion of Honor. He has
held academic appointments in six universities, including the
William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center
for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown.
Paul Craig Roberts writes:
"Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch
is above the law and that the US Constitution is a mere ‘scrap of
"The American people have suffered a coup d'etat, but they are
hesitant to acknowledge it..."
Also by Paul Craig Roberts:
"Clearly, this empirically based, theoretically challenging
book is one of the most important works of our time."
from the Preface
to the German Edition.