Democ­racy Col­lapse

Trillions - - Table Of Contents - By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The col­lapse of western democ­racy is re­ally hap­pen­ing.

Democ­racy no longer ex­ists in the West. In the US pow­er­ful pri­vate in­ter­est groups, such as the mil­i­tary-se­cu­rity com­plex, Wall Street, the Is­rael Lobby, agribusi­ness and the ex­trac­tive in­dus­tries of en­ergy, tim­ber and min­ing, have long ex­er­cised more con­trol over gov­ern­ment than the peo­ple. But now even the sem­blance of democ­racy has been aban­doned.

In the US, Don­ald Trump has won the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. How­ever, Repub­li­can con­ven­tion del­e­gates are plot­ting to deny Trump the nom­i­na­tion that the peo­ple have voted him. The Repub­li­can po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment is show­ing an un­will­ing­ness to ac­cept demo­cratic out­comes.

The peo­ple chose, but their choice is un­ac­cept­able to the es­tab­lish­ment which in­tends to sub­sti­tute its choice for the peo­ple’s choice.

Do you re­mem­ber Do­minic Strauss-kahn? StraussKahn is the French­man who was head of the IMF and, ac­cord­ing to polls, the likely next pres­i­dent of France. He said some­thing that sounded too fa­vor­able to­ward the Greek peo­ple. This con­cerned pow­er­ful bank­ing in­ter­ests who wor­ried that he might get in the way of their plun­der of Greece, Por­tu­gal, Spain, and Italy. A ho­tel maid ap­peared who ac­cused him of rape. He was ar­rested and held with­out bail. Af­ter the po­lice and pros­e­cu­tors had made fools of them­selves, he was re­leased with all charges dropped. But the goal was achieved. Strauss-kahn had to re­sign as IMF di­rec­tor and kiss good­bye his chance for the pres­i­dency of France.

Cu­ri­ous, isn’t it, that a woman has now ap­peared who claims Trump raped her when she was 13 years old.

Con­sider the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment’s re­sponse to the Brexit vote. Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are say­ing that the vote is un­ac­cept­able and that Par­lia­ment has the right and re­spon­si­bil­ity to ig­nore the voice of the peo­ple.

The view now es­tab­lished in the West is that the peo­ple are not qual­i­fied to make po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions. The po­si­tion of the op­po­nents of Brexit is clear: it sim­ply is not a mat­ter for the Bri­tish peo­ple whether their sovereignty is given away to an un­ac­count­able com­mis­sion in Brus­sels.

Martin Schultz, Pres­i­dent of the EU Par­lia­ment, puts it clearly: “It is not the EU phi­los­o­phy that the crowd can de­cide its fate.” (see cor­rec­tion)

The Western me­dia have made it clear that they do not ac­cept the peo­ple’s de­ci­sion either. The vote is said to be “racist” and there­fore can be dis­re­garded as il­le­git­i­mate.

Washington has no in­ten­tion of per­mit­ting the Bri­tish to exit the Euro­pean Union. Washington did not work for 60 years to put all of Europe in the EU bag that Washington can con­trol only to let democ­racy undo its achieve­ment.

The Fed­eral Re­serve, its Wall Street al­lies, and its Bank of Ja­pan and Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank vas­sals will short the UK pound and eq­ui­ties, and the pressti­tutes will ex­plain the de­cline in val­ues as “the mar­ket’s”

(Note to reader: The orig­i­nal ver­sion of this ar­ti­cle was pub­lished on June 29, 2016. A cor­rec­tion was pub­lished atop the orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle on July 1, 2016. We are in­clud­ing the cor­rec­tion at the end of this ar­ti­cle to pre­serve the au­thor’s thought-process as it was orig­i­nally in­tended.)

pro­nounce­ment that the Bri­tish vote was a mis­take. If Bri­tain is ac­tu­ally per­mit­ted to leave, the two-year long ne­go­ti­a­tions will be used to tie the Bri­tish into the EU so firmly that Bri­tain leaves in name only.

No one with a brain be­lieves that Euro­peans are happy that Washington and NATO are driv­ing them into con­flict with Rus­sia. Yet their protests have no ef­fect on their gov­ern­ments.

Con­sider the French protests of what the ne­olib­eral French gov­ern­ment, mas­querad­ing as so­cial­ist, calls “la­bor law re­forms.” What the “re­form” does is to take away the re­forms that the French peo­ple achieved over decades of strug­gle. The French made em­ploy­ment more sta­ble and less un­cer­tain, thereby re­duc­ing stress and con­tribut­ing to the hap­pi­ness of life. But the cor­po­ra­tions want more profit and re­gard reg­u­la­tions and laws that ben­e­fit peo­ple as bar­ri­ers to higher prof­itabil­ity. Ne­olib­eral econ­o­mists backed the take­back of French la­bor rights with the false ar­gu­ment that a hu­mane so­ci­ety causes un­em­ploy­ment. The ne­olib­eral econ­o­mists call it “lib­er­at­ing the em­ploy­ment mar­ket” from re­forms achieved by the French peo­ple.

The French gov­ern­ment, of course, rep­re­sents cor­po­ra­tions, not the French peo­ple.

The ne­olib­eral econ­o­mists and politi­cians have no qualms about sac­ri­fic­ing the qual­ity of French life in or­der to clear the way for global cor­po­ra­tions to make more prof­its. What is the value in “the global mar­ket” when the re­sult is to worsen the fate of peo­ples?

Con­sider the Ger­mans. They are be­ing over­run with refugees from Washington’s wars, wars that the stupid Ger­man gov­ern­ment en­abled. The Ger­man peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creases in crime and sex­ual at­tacks. They protest, but their gov­ern­ment does not hear them. The Ger­man gov­ern­ment is more con­cerned about the refugees than it is about the Ger­man peo­ple.

Con­sider the Greeks and the Por­tuguese forced by their gov­ern­ments to ac­cept per­sonal fi­nan­cial ruin in or­der to boost the prof­its of for­eign banks. These gov­ern­ments rep­re­sent for­eign bankers, not the Greek and Por­tuguese peo­ple.

One won­ders how long be­fore all Western peo­ples con­clude that only a French Rev­o­lu­tion com­plete with guil­lo­tine can set them free.

July 1 Cor­rec­tion: There is con­tro­versy around the state­ment at­trib­uted to Martin Schulz, pres­i­dent of the EU par­lia­ment: “The Bri­tish have bro­ken the rules. It is not the phi­los­o­phy of the EU that the crowd can de­ter­mine its fate.”

This state­ment at­trib­uted to Schulz comes from a Ger­man lan­guage mag­a­zine. Here is the state­ment in Ger­man: “Die Briten ver­stoßen gegen die Eu-rah­menbe­din­gun­gen, da es nicht in der Philosophie der EU liegt, dass der Mob über Auf­stieg und Un­ter­gang der EU entschei­den darf.” This does trans­late to the English above.

How­ever, it ap­pears that the state­ment was from a satire, whether of Schulz or the EU I do not know. I also do not know whether Schulz’s views jus­tify the satir­i­cal jab or whether the words were as­signed to him be­cause of his po­si­tion.

Nev­er­the­less, the fact that ap­par­ently it was satire was lost in the trans­mis­sion chain.

My opin­ion is that re­gard­less of whether the state­ment is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Schulz’s view, it does re­flect the view char­ac­ter­is­tic in the EU that na­tional sovereignty is to be over-rid­den by fis­cal cen­tral­iza­tion and that demo­cratic out­comes in coun­tries, such as Greece, can­not be al­lowed to pre­vail over cen­tral­ized rule in Brus­sels. Thus, the Greek peo­ple are be­ing driven into the ground for the ben­e­fit of the prof­its of for­eign banks.

In re­cent days I have heard news re­ports in which mem­bers of the Bri­tish par­lia­ment say more or less what was at­trib­uted to Martin Schulz. The view that the peo­ple are not qual­i­fied to rule is a wide­spread opin­ion in Western po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ments, as I demon­strate in my ar­ti­cle, “The Col­lapse of Western Democ­racy.”

Reprinted with per­mis­sion of the au­thor from the web­site ver­sion.

Dr. 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. Roberts’ lat­est books are The Fail­ure of Lais­sez Faire Cap­i­tal­ism and Eco­nomic Dis­so­lu­tion of the West, How Amer­ica Was Lost and The Neocon­ser­va­tive Threat to World Or­der.

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