Down the Path Into Tyranny
Paul Craig Roberts
Presstitute propaganda of a white supremacist insurrection on inauguration day caused 26,000 national guardsmen to be sent by states to D.C. to put down the Trump sedition. Of course, there was no insurrection. It was all just another media hoax, and the National Guardsmen experienced no security incidents.
But now that the propaganda show is over, the Guardsmen are not allowed to go home. They, or many of them, are being kept on the streets in D.C. until mid-March. Why?
Perhaps the answer is that a militarized city is a good background for pushing through a domestic terrorism bill that criminalizes use of the First Amendment. A city awash in troops creates a threat image and an atmosphere conducive to passage of a domestic terrorism bill. The Establishment wants this bill.
The only domestic terrorism is that of Antifa and BLM, the Democrat’s militias that were unleashed on business sections in Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and other cities. It is not these Democrat militias that are the target of Biden’s domestic terrorism bill. The target is the approximately 90 million Americans who reelected Trump president. They have to be shut up and prevented from organizing into a political party to replace the Republicans, who although useless to the people are very useful to the Establishment. McConnell is worth as much to the Establishment as Pelosi, Biden, or Hillary.
Shutting down alternative narratives to the Establishment’s narrative is the purpose of the domestic terrorism bill. The function of the Guardsmen, kept from family and job, is to protect Washington from make-believe violence by Trump voters until the Democrats and their media whores can push through the destruction of the First Amendment. To be followed by destruction of the Second Amendment.
Think back. Do you remember the original war on terror? This war was supposed to have been against “Muslim extremists” who allegedly gave us 9/11 and had more domestic terror coming. But the war on terror was not against Muslim terrorists. It was a war against the Constitutional protections of the American people. It was the US Constitution and our civil liberty that took the hit. The PATRIOT Act applies to Americans, not to Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. It was President George W. Bush who declared his right to detain Americans indefinitely without due process of law. It was President Obama who declared his right to execute Americans on suspicion alone without due process of law.
Now that the Establishment and their media whores have morphed the war on Muslim terrorists into the war on Trump voters, they will use the domestic terrorism bill to add to their armory of weapons for arresting dissenters.
Having acquiesced to a stolen election, Americans are now being led into tyranny.
Hon. Paul Craig Roberts is the John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy, Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. A former editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service, he is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate in Los Angeles and a columnist for Investor's Business Daily. In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists.
He was Distinguished Fellow at the Cato Institute from 1993 to 1996. From 1982 through 1993, he held the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. During 1981-82 he served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. President Reagan and Treasury Secretary Regan credited him with a major role in the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, and he was awarded the Treasury Department's Meritorious Service Award for "his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy." From 1975 to 1978, Dr. Roberts served on the congressional staff where he drafted the Kemp-Roth bill and played a leading role in developing bipartisan support for a supply-side economic policy.
In 1987 the French government recognized him as "the artisan of a renewal in economic science and policy after half a century of state interventionism" and inducted him into the Legion of Honor.
Dr. Roberts' latest books are The Tyranny of Good Intentions, co-authored with IPE Fellow Lawrence Stratton, and published by Prima Publishing in May 2000, and Chile: Two Visions - The Allende-Pinochet Era, co-authored with IPE Fellow Karen Araujo, and published in Spanish by Universidad Nacional Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile, in November 2000. The Capitalist Revolution in Latin America, co-authored with IPE Fellow Karen LaFollette Araujo, was published by Oxford University Press in 1997. A Spanish language edition was published by Oxford in 1999. The New Colorline: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy, co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, was published by Regnery in 1995. A paperback edition was published in 1997. Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, co-authored with Karen LaFollette, was published by the Cato Institute in 1990. Harvard University Press published his book, The Supply-Side Revolution, in 1984. Widely reviewed and favorably received, the book was praised by Forbes as "a timely masterpiece that will have real impact on economic thinking in the years ahead." Dr. Roberts is the author of Alienation and the Soviet Economy, published in 1971 and republished in 1990. He is the author of Marx's Theory of Exchange, Alienation and Crisis, published in 1973 and republished in 1983. A Spanish language edition was published in 1974.
Dr. Roberts has held numerous academic appointments. He has contributed chapters to numerous books and has published many articles in journals of scholarship, including the Journal of Political Economy, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law and Economics, Studies in Banking and Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Public Finance Quarterly, Public Choice, Classica et Mediaevalia, Ethics, Slavic Review, Soviet Studies, Rivista de Political Economica, and Zeitschrift fur Wirtschafspolitik. He has entries in the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Economics and the New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance. He has contributed to Commentary, The Public Interest, The National Interest, Harper's, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, London Times, The Financial Times, TLS, The Spectator, Il Sole 24 Ore, Le Figaro, Liberation, and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. He has testified before committees of Congress on 30 occasions.
Dr. Roberts was educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S.), the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton College.
He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, The Dictionary of International Biography, Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century, and 1000 Leaders of World Influence. His latest book, HOW THE ECONOMY WAS LOST, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press. He can be reached at: [email protected]
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