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October
19
2022

Western Civilization Is Ceasing to Exist
Paul Craig Roberts

I often explain that we are losing civilization. The risks come from many sources.  Among them is the growing risk of nuclear war; the rising police state in which behavior protected by the Constitution is criminalized despite the Constitution; unity supplanted by a Tower of Babel; fomented race and gender hatreds that serve Identity Politics; soil destroyed by glyphosate with consequent reduction in the  food value of plants and meat and milk from animals fed GMO products; the corruption of science and education; rejection of the accumulated culture in literature, art, music, morals, and behavior; drastic policies to remedy perceived threats, such as climate change, that might or might not be real; ideological-driven reshaping of society such as the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset; intentionally created and released plagues for the purpose of population control; the weaponization of weather.

The long assault on religion has given satanic forces free range.

The corruption of science is today’s topic.  Science is based in the search for truth and in the integrity of the searcher.  This basis is fragile and corruptible.  If science is perceived as racism and a tool of white supremacy, science looses its authority among those who perceive it in this way. If gender depends on self-declaration and not on body parts, biology is cast away, just as Lysenko’s genetic Marxism destroyed Soviet genetics in the early part of the 20th century.  Ideology is the enemy of science, and we again see the suppression of science by ideology in the prohibition of inquiry into the genetic  basis of intelligence.  

The greatest corrupter of science is money.  Today scientific experiments cost a lot of money. They can no longer be funded by the budgets of university physics, chemistry, biology, and astronomy departments.  Funding comes from outside, and this opened a pathway for the interests of funders to enter the process.  Federal money to education contained all the threats, and more, that conservatives predicted, and corporate and foundation money bought even more threats.

The funding not only affects what is researched but also the findings.  A large percentage of US physicists and chemists are engaged in weapons research and can take no position, such as questioning the official 9/11 narrative, that threatens their funding.  Psychologists help the CIA hone torture techniques.  Anthropologists aid the CIA in developing methods of controlling populations.  Virologists develop biological weapons. Business schools develop advertising propaganda.  The list goes on.

As we have learned from Covid, NIH and Big Pharma finance most medical research. As the money comes from these sources, these sources determine what is researched and the conclusions.  One product of this financing was Covid itself and the protocols preventing effective treatment that were imposed on doctors for the sake of Big Pharma’s Covid “vaccine” profits and unconstitutional government mandates that further marginalized freedom.  

Science careers depend on publication.  When the funding comes from those with commercial or profit interests in research results, the funded scientist is in a conflict of interest situation.  Pleasing the funders is necessary for the continuation of funding, just as an elected representative responds to the interest of his big campaign contributors.  

The problem of how science is funded has, like the problem of how elections are financed, reached a critical stage that is destroying the integrity of science as these statements by editors of the two most prestigious  medical journals prove: 

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.”  — New England Journal of Medicine Chief Editor Marcia Angell, M.D.

“Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue . . .  flagrant conflicts of interest . . . science has taken a turn towards darkness.” — Lancet Chief Editor Richard Horton

This documentary explains that today science is bought and devoid of integrity.  This has happened because of the collapse of scientific culture. Money takes precedence over integrity and truth.

If career pressures on scientists are sufficient to move aside integrity and commitment to truth, what is happening elsewhere in society where the governing standards are weaker?

Science is a foundational basis.  If it is destroyed, as is happening in front of our eyes, the civilization is destroyed. 

 

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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