Even as 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 protest.
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 U.S. Few 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’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. This defining event of our time, which has launched the U.S. on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. Trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington’s deficits, threatening the dollar’s role as world reserve currency, and putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. 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% unemployment, 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 bogus war on terror, the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown into the trash bin of history. The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course.
How America Was Lost marks Roberts as one of the most incisive and courageous moral commentators in America today.
Softcover, 465 pages
“In How America Was Lost, Paul Craig Roberts focuses his keen eye and sharp mind on the deterioration of government accountability and morality amidst the rise of hypocrisy and recklessness in the wake of 9/11. Through the tangle of wars, aggression, decimation of privacy, Wall Street protectionism and debt creation since, Roberts is relentless in his well-reasoned criticisms of U.S. leadership from an economic and military standpoint.”
—Nomi Prins, author, All the Presidents’ Bankers
“PCR is simply one of America’s best chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial overreach and moral decline. Anyone who wants to understand where we’ve been recently, where we are now, and where we’re heading, had better read this book pronto!”
—Gary Corseri, Op-Ed News
“This anthology compiles a great number of valuable essays by one of America’s strident critics. It is unfortunate that the fawning U.S. media do not print such excellent contributions.”
—Dr. Ludwig Watzal, Dissident Voice
“I was associate editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal. I was BusinessWeek’s first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for The Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to The New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times.
Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American “mainstream media.” For the last six years I have been banned from the “mainstream media.” My last column in The New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-SPAN. A debate was launched. No such thing could happen today.
For years I was a mainstay at The Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a BusinessWeek columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column.
The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.”
— Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is a
former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, member of the U.S. Congressional
staff, associate editor and columnist for The
Wall Street Journal, and columnist for BusinessWeek,
the Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has held academic
appointments in six universities, including the William E. Simon Chair in
Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown.
He has testified before committees of Congress on 30 occasions. He is author or
coauthor of 10 books and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Dr. Roberts was
awarded the U.S. Treasury’s Meritorious Service Award for “outstanding contributions
to the formulation of U.S. economic policy,” and France’s Legion of Honor as “the
artisan of a renewal in economic science and policy after half a century of
state interventionism” by the government of Francois Mitterrand. He was
educated at Georgia Tech, the University of Virginia, the University of
California, Berkeley, and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton
College. Earlier works were published by Harvard University Press, Oxford
University Press, Hoover Institution and Stanford University Press. Dr. Roberts
is presently Chairman of the Institute for Political Economy.