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Hey Hey
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Rick
No, only in the USA. What a bunch of morons.
equable
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A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a "Failed State"
Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Global Research, June 2, 2010

Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary US Treasury, Associate Editor Wall Street Journal, Professor of Political Economy Center for Strategic and International Studies Georgetown University Washington DC.

Question: Dr. Roberts, the United States is regarded as the most successful state in the world today. What is responsible for American success?

Dr. Roberts: Propaganda. If truth be known, the US is a failed state. More about that later. The US owes its image of success to: (1) the vast lands and mineral resources that the US “liberated” with violence from the native inhabitants, (2) Europe’s, especially Great Britain’s, self-destruction in World War I and World War II, and (3) the economic destruction of Russia and most of Asia by communism or socialism.

After World War II, the US took the reserve currency role from Great Britain. This made the US dollar the world money and permitted the US to pay its import bills in its own currency. World War II’s destruction of the other industrialized countries left the US as the only country capable of supplying products to world markets. This historical happenstance created among Americans the impression that they were a favored people. Today the militarist neoconservatives speak of the United States as “the indispensable nation.” In other words, Americans are above all others, except, of course, Israelis.

To American eyes a vague “terrorist threat,” a creation of their own government, is sufficient justification for naked aggression against Muslim peoples and for an agenda of world hegemony.

This hubristic attitude explains why among most Americans there is no remorse over the one million Iraqis killed and the four million Iraqis displaced by a US invasion and occupation that were based entirely on lies and deception. It explains why there is no remorse among most Americans for the countless numbers of Afghans who have been cavalierly murdered by the US military, or for the Pakistani civilians murdered by US drones and “soldiers” sitting in front of video screens. It explains why there is no outrage among Americans when the Israelis bomb Lebanese civilians and Gaza civilians. No one in the world will believe that Israel’s latest act of barbarity, the murderous attack on the international aid flotilla to Gaza, was not cleared with Israel’s American enabler.

Question: You said that the US was a failed state. How can that be? What do you mean?

Roberts: The war on terror, invented by the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney regime, destroyed the US Constitution and the civil liberties that the Constitution embodies. The Bill of Rights has been eviscerated. The Obama regime has institutionalized the Bush/Cheney assault on American liberty. Today, no American has any rights if he or she is accused of “terrorist” activity. The Obama regime has expanded the vague definition of “terrorist activity” to include “domestic extremist,” another undefined and vague category subject to the government’s discretion. In short, a “terrorist” or a “domestic extremist” is anyone who dissents from a policy or a practice that the US government regards as necessary for its agenda of world hegemony.

Unlike some countries, the US is not an ethic group. It is a collection of diverse peoples united under the Constitution. When the Constitution was destroyed, the US ceased to exist. What exists today are power centers that are unaccountable. Elections mean nothing, as both parties are dependent on the same powerful interest groups for campaign funds. The most powerful interest groups are the military/security complex, which includes the Pentagon, the CIA, and the corporations that service them, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, the oil industry that is destroying the Gulf of Mexico, Wall Street (investment banks and hedge funds), the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies, and the agri-companies that produce food of questionable content.

These corporate powers comprise an oligarchy that cannot be dislodged by voting. Ever since “globalism” was enacted into law, the Democrats have been dependent on the same corporate sources of income as the Republicans, because globalism destroyed the labor unions. Consequently, there is no difference between the Republicans and Democrats, or no meaningful difference.

The “war on terror” completed the constitutional/legal failure of the US. The US has also failed economically. Under Wall Street pressure for short-term profits, US corporations have moved offshore their production for US consumer markets. The result has been to move US GDP and millions of well-paid US jobs to countries, such as China and India, where labor and professional expertise are cheap. This practice has been going on since about 1990.

After 20 years of offshoring US production, which destroyed American jobs and federal, state and local tax base, the US unemployment rate, as measured by US government methodology in 1980, is over 20 percent. The ladders of upward mobility have been dismantled. Millions of young Americans with university degrees are employed as waitresses and bartenders. Foreign enrollment comprises a larger and larger percentage of US universities as the American population finds that a university degree has been negated by the offshoring of the jobs that the graduates expected.

When US offshored production re-enters the US as imports, the trade balance deteriorates. Foreigners use their surplus dollars to purchase existing US assets.

Consequently, dividends, interest, capital gains, tolls from toll roads, rents, and profits, now flow abroad to foreign owners, thus increasing the pressure on the US dollar. The US has been able to survive the mounting claims of foreigners against US GDP because the US dollar is the reserve currency. However, the large US budget and trade deficits will put pressures on the dollar that will become too extreme for the dollar to be able to sustain this role. When the dollar fails, the US population will be impoverished.

The US is heavily indebted, both the government and the citizens. Over the last decade there has been no growth in family income. The US economy was kept going through the expansion of consumer debt. Now consumers are so heavily indebted that they cannot borrow more. This means that the main driving force of the US economy, consumer demand, cannot increase. As consumer demand comprises 70% of the economy, when consumer demand cannot increase, there can be no economic recovery.

The US is a failed state also because there is no accountability to the people by corporations or by government at any level, whether state, local, or federal. British Petroleum is destroying the Gulf of Mexico. The US government has done nothing. The Obama regime’s response to the crisis is more irresponsible than the Bush regime’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Wetlands and fisheries are being destroyed by unregulated capitalist greed and by a government that treats the environment with contempt. The tourist economy of Florida is being destroyed. The external costs of drilling in deep waters exceeds the net worth of the oil industry. As a result of the failure of the American state, the oil industry is destroying one of the world’s most valuable ecological systems.

Question: What can be done?

Roberts: The American people are lost in la-la land. They have no idea that their civil liberties have been forfeited. They are only gradually learning that their economic future is compromised. They have little idea of the world’s growing hatred of Americans for their destruction of other peoples. In short, Americans are full of themselves. They have no idea of the disasters that their ignorance and inhumanity have brought upon themselves and upon the world.

Much of the world, looking at a country that appears both stupid and inhumane, wonders at Americans’ fine opinion of themselves. Is America the virtuous “indispensable nation” of neoconservative propaganda, or is America a plague upon the world?

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre for Research on Globalization. The contents of this article are of sole responsibility of the author(s). The Centre for Research on Globalization will not be responsible or liable for any inaccurate or incorrect statements contained in this article.

© Copyright Paul Craig Roberts, Global Research, 2010

Thomas Jefferson's Warning To America

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."


Dwight D. Eisenhower's Warning to America on Military-Industrial Complex

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Hey Hey
But surely those questions will have been answered innumerable times on TV and even dorks watch TV? I don't often feel sorry for Australia, but I hope any nukes are sent in the right direction should the worst come to the worst. (Having said that, I have to admit to cheering North Korea to beat Brazil last night. That player crying during his National Anthem really got to me - maybe he was under threat of disembowelment if they lost!)
Rick
QUOTE(Hey Hey @ Jun 16, 2010, 11:27 AM) *

But surely those questions will have been answered innumerable times on TV and even dorks watch TV?

No, they have not. American TV is controlled by right wing interests, and the information provided by Roberts has been consistently suppressed.
equable
QUOTE(Hey%20Hey @ Jun 16, 2010, 10:27 PM) *

But surely those questions will have been answered innumerable times on TV and even dorks watch TV? I don't often feel sorry for Australia, but I hope any nukes are sent in the right direction should the worst come to the worst. (Having said that, I have to admit to cheering North Korea to beat Brazil last night. That player crying during his National Anthem really got to me - maybe he was under threat of disembowelment if they lost!)


Btw, I forgot to ask you Hey Hey, do you get dividends from Karl's company: Anglo-Saxon-Celtic company named British Petroleum? It looks like they are not going to provide dividends this year, possibly because of the wrath of the Lord of Deep Waters.

Btw Hey Hey (and Lucid Dream), I do suggest to give me access to private Tea Club section of you know whom of the Brain Meta, hope you shall not object? You know I even can run the Tea Club, I am sure that the previous owner shall not object. Please consider this humble suggestion as an official request to the Brain Meta Administrator.
Rick
Anyone who owned stock in BP and didn't sell it on day one of the disaster is a damned fool. It's already dropped to half it's market value, and now there is a hold on dividends.
equable
QUOTE(Rick @ Jun 17, 2010, 11:37 PM) *

Anyone who owned stock in BP and didn't sell it on day one of the disaster is a damned fool. It's already dropped to half it's market value, and now there is a hold on dividends.


Ya ya, very arrogant Anglo-Saxon-Celtic company, its chief executive manager called American People "Small People" - "British Petroleum thinks about Small People" just in front of White House!

Btw, I noted that some members of Brain Meta from England have the same arrogance: a stable habbit to keep in low estime people from Third World Countries at this forum nominating their writings as rubbish.
Hey Hey
QUOTE(equable @ Jun 18, 2010, 05:31 AM) *

QUOTE(Rick @ Jun 17, 2010, 11:37 PM) *

Anyone who owned stock in BP and didn't sell it on day one of the disaster is a damned fool. It's already dropped to half it's market value, and now there is a hold on dividends.


Ya ya, very arrogant Anglo-Saxon-Celtic company, its chief executive manager called American People "Small People" - "British Petroleum thinks about Small People" just in front of White House!

Btw, I noted that some members of Brain Meta from England have the same arrogance: a stable habbit to keep in low estime people from Third World Countries at this forum nominating their writings as rubbish.
Enki, you're more of an idiot that the people in the video. I'd tell you to go and boil your head, but you're already hard-boiled enough! It's strange you're back here again because I hadn't heard of any escapes from nut houses in the news recently.
equable
QUOTE(Hey%2520Hey @ Jun 18, 2010, 06:10 PM) *

QUOTE(equable @ Jun 18, 2010, 05:31 AM) *

QUOTE(Rick @ Jun 17, 2010, 11:37 PM) *

Anyone who owned stock in BP and didn't sell it on day one of the disaster is a damned fool. It's already dropped to half it's market value, and now there is a hold on dividends.


Ya ya, very arrogant Anglo-Saxon-Celtic company, its chief executive manager called American People "Small People" - "British Petroleum thinks about Small People" just in front of White House!

Btw, I noted that some members of Brain Meta from England have the same arrogance: a stable habbit to keep in low estime people from Third World Countries at this forum nominating their writings as rubbish.
Enki, you're more of an idiot that the people in the video. I'd tell you to go and boil your head, but you're already hard-boiled enough! It's strange you're back here again because I hadn't heard of any escapes from nut houses in the news recently.


I do really wonder that you mix me with respected Mr. Enki and I do really wonder that you dare to mark Him so disrespectfully.
equable
British are also NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES
www . youtube . com/watch?v=w_mkwB9ayK4

© "This is a video response to "Americans are NOT stupid", This video was NOT MADE TO INSULT BRITISH!!!! "
Hey Hey
QUOTE(equable @ Jun 19, 2010, 03:04 AM) *

British are also NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES
www . youtube . com/watch?v=w_mkwB9ayK4

© "This is a video response to "Americans are NOT stupid", This video was NOT MADE TO INSULT BRITISH!!!! "
You just don't get it, do you?
equable
QUOTE(Hey%20Hey @ Jun 19, 2010, 04:41 PM) *

QUOTE(equable @ Jun 19, 2010, 03:04 AM) *

British are also NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES
www . youtube . com/watch?v=w_mkwB9ayK4

© "This is a video response to "Americans are NOT stupid", This video was NOT MADE TO INSULT BRITISH!!!! "
You just don't get it, do you?


Let us be frank with each other Hey Hey. We are so few who know, why to quarrel?

Just mannequins (man_nEqui_ns).

Peace?

Cup of tea?
equable
I shall be waiting for the Administrator's reaction.
maximus242
lol ffs looks like the Cheshire cat never stops appearing and disappearing only to reappear again hu?
Hey Hey
QUOTE(maximus242 @ Jun 19, 2010, 07:30 PM) *

lol ffs looks like the Cheshire cat never stops appearing and disappearing only to reappear again hu?
Yep. I get a wasps nest every summer! They eventually go down though when I spray 'em! LOL!
Hey Hey
QUOTE(equable @ Jun 19, 2010, 06:43 PM) *

I shall be waiting for the Administrator's reaction.
The administrator has banned you! Time waster!
Hey Hey
It's time for an Enki lockdown on this topic. Sorry folks.
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