Paul Craig Roberts Archive
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following, and can be accessed here. Email this author.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy created 236,000 new jobs in February. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll let you have at a good price.
Republicans and conservative Americans are still fighting Big Government in its welfare state form. Apparently, they have never heard of the militarized police state form of Big Government; or, if they have, they are comfortable with it and have no objection.
Statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) calls the government’s latest jobs and unemployment reports “nonsense numbers.” The rate of unemployment you read in the news is one-third the actual rate.
An interview with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi, Pakistan, daily newspaper Ummat and published on Sept. 28, 2001. The alleged “mastermind” of 9/11 said that he and al-Qaida had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack.
A writer’s greatest disappointments are readers who have knee-jerk responses. The majority of readers are happy when a writer tells them what they want to hear and are unhappy when he writes what they don’t want to hear.
The working poor have been convinced by Republican propaganda that voting Democrat means giving the working poor’s tax dollars to the non-working poor, to providing medical care and schooling for illegal aliens, and being soft on terrorism.
Two gratuitous wars doubled the U.S. public debt. This is the reason there is no money for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, the environment and the social safety net. Americans got nothing out of the wars.
I have always been intrigued by the Battle of Bull Run, the opening battle of the U.S. Civil War, known to Southerners as the War of Northern Aggression. Extreme hubris characterized both sides: the North before the battle and the South afterward.
Washington has pressured the Philippines, whose government it owns, into conducting joint military exercises in the South China Sea. What this is all about is provoking a long-term cold war conflict with China that will keep profits and power flowing into Washington’s military-security complex.
The new empire is different. It happens without achieving conquest. The American military did not conquer Iraq and has been forced out politically. There is no victory in Afghanistan, and the American military does not control the country after a decade of war.