The Escalating Persecution of Truth Tellers
Paul Craig Roberts
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I have in a number of articles explained the fate of truth tellers. They live a high risk, low reward life. Chris Hedges explains in his article below what is happening to Matt Taibbi, formerly Rolling Stonemagazine’s top attraction. Taibbi, is a leftwinger who told the truth and was punished for doing so. Today he is being persecuted by the IRS for reporting the Twitter files released by Elon Musk which show that the FBI pressured Twitter to censor truth tellers.
The suppression of truth is occurring everywhere in the Western “democratic” world. Julian Assange has been in prison for a decade without due process of law simply because he reported leaked documents that revealed US war crimes and US deception of its allies.
Fox News removed Tucker Carlson from his large audience but instead of firing him kept him under contract, paying him $20 million yearly in order to silence him.
I could go on with example after example.
Keep in mind that liberty is a modern creation dating from the Glorious Revolution in England which established the principle that the King and his government were accountable to law and the people.
The enforcement of government accountability requires free speech, so America’s Founding Fathers made free speech the First Amendment to the US Constitution which defines how we are to be governed.
Without free speech there is no justice and no liberty. The Biden Regime is being successful in stamping out free speech. The media doesn’t notice. The universities don’t notice. The law schools and bar associations don’t notice, the courts don’t notice. Indeed, free speech, a Constitutionally protected right, is being actively suppressed as “harmful,” “offensive,” “misinformation.”
The Democrat Party, the law schools, the media, the universities and public school boards are determined to revolutionize American society. They are achieving their goal by redefining truth as what serves their agenda. In other words, a blatant lie can be true if it serves an elite purpose. Expression of the real truth undermines their agenda and is demonized as “misinformation,” “Russian interference,” “domestic terrorism,” “white supremacy,” and is on the verge of being designated as a crime, as many are experiencing, including medical doctors who saved lives with Ivermectin and HCQ for the reward of having their medical licenses pulled for exposing Fauci and Big Pharma’s lie that there was no cure for Covid.
When a country’s institutions become as corrupted, as hostile to truth, as America’s–and indeed the entirety of the Western World’s–the civilization is lost.
Chris Hedges explains what is happening to Matt Taibbi for publishing an analysis of the Twitter Files given to him by Elon Musk. The cost of telling the truth is rapidly rising, and the rewards have disappeared. If the Democrats are “reelected,” truth will be criminalized.
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 ArauQuotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy, co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, was published by Regnery in 1995. A paperback edition was jo, was published by Oxford University Press in 1997. A Spanish language edition was published by Oxford in 1999. The New Colorline: How 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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