Thursday, August 20, 2015

Paul Craig Roberts on American Gullibility

Paul Craig Roberts came to my (only slight) attention when he was appointed by President Reagan as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. In that capacity he served, as far as he was able, in promoting a tax-reduction and other initiatives that came to be known as “Reaganomics,” an approach to Federal government policy that was respected by some (the few) and reviled by many (the followers of the American Establishment in media and government.  Many people are unaware that the early "Reaganomics" initiatives were largely undercut and reversed in the later Reagan years by the opposition of the Republican-Democrat-Media establishment that has sought to control debate and oppose reforms for well over a century.  Yes: do your homework and study your history.)

Since the Reagan era, Paul Craig Roberts has warned us, his countrymen — and anyone else who would listen — about the perversions, economic and political, that have increasingly overwhelmed our national policy and our national discourse, from the later Reagan Administration through the Bush41-Clinton-Bush43-Obama era.

Although he is well respected in “paleo-conservative” (old-traditional conservative) and “paleo-libertarian” (old-traditional libertarian and liberal) circles both in the U.S. and abroad, he is practically unknown to the main-stream of the American public, since he is shunned by the American media on which most of us depend for our political and economic news and information.

The brief article linked below is serious in its content and stark in its conclusions. I agree with it.

I appreciate your thoughtful commentary, whether pro or con.

When you go to his site, you will have to scroll down a few lines to get to the article.


  1. Roberts says, "The gullibility of Americans threatens the world with armageddon," and I think he is right on.

    I'm not sure I can speak for America as a whole, but I can speak for a segment of the American population I've inhabited most of my life -- the Conservative Evangelical Church.

    If we ourselves weren't so gullible, maybe we would be salt and light in a depraved generation.

    Instead of financially supporting families trying to adopt children, we bankroll political candidates who talk a big game about their pro-life stance then do nothing to end the heinous slaughter. These same men lay their coats at the feet of War Profiteers lobbing "smart" bombs at civilians, many of whom are unborn or recently born.

    That's just one example.

    Roberts is also right when he points out that a significant device of The Narrative is to present current events in isolation from their actual causes. He mentioned Syrian refugees trying to make the dangerous passage from Turkey to Greece. He could have pointed out a slough of others, such as our current "illegal immigrant crisis" actually stemming from a variety of factors, not the least of which being artificially subsidized GMO corn in the US wreaking havoc on the stability of Mexican farmers. They can't compete. The banks foreclose on the farms. The farmers move to the city. The cities have jobs. What are they to do? They flee in the direction of their economic oppressors.

    The Church should have much less to say, but far more work to do than they realize.

    And as bad as it is, it's going to get a lot worse -- and, I'm sorry, but Jesus is not going to rapture us out of the Tribulation we're bringing down on our heads.

  2. Hey robert could you switch the font color to white? Blessings

  3. Hey robert could you switch the font color to white? Blessings

  4. Wanna talk about gullibility? Talk about the 9/11 Truth movement. Looking back, I am astonished at how gullible and easily led so many of us were. Slick graphics and YouTube documentaries were enough to convince a few people that their own government was absolutely out to get them and kill spite of the evidence, in spite of the science, in spite of what real experts were saying.

    It was a collective exercise in brain damage and paranoia. As a nation, the United States is slowly coming apart, and many of our people have totally lost their ability to reason and communicate.

    Welcome to the rot of the postmodern Sophists.