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Friday, July 03, 2015
"If you become stuck in a boring July 4 hot air speech, distract yourself with this question: Are the values that Western civilization allegedly represents still extant? You don’t need to get heavy into philosophy. See if you can find any of the professed values reflected in current events." ---- "What is happening to Greeks has been happening to Americans. The financial crisis was used to focus Federal Reserve policy on the needs of the small handful of “banks too big to fail” at the expense of the American people." -- Paul Craig Roberts
Greece and Other Musings On July 4th
Paul Craig Roberts
If you become stuck in a boring July 4 hot air speech, distract
yourself with this question: Are the values that Western civilization
allegedly represents still extant? You don’t need to get heavy into
philosophy. See if you can find any of the professed values reflected
in current events.
For example, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks was granted
asylum by Ecuador in order to protect Assange from persecution by
Washington. Washington is determined to persecute Assange, because he
did his job as a journalist and published leaked information that
revealed US government crimes and machinations against other countries
including US allies. Assange did what the New York Times did in 1971
when the newspaper published the Pentagon Papers leaked by Daniel
Assange has now spent three years inside the Ecuadoran embassy in
London, because Washington has instructed its UK vassal state not to
honor Assange’s grant of asylum and allow him free passage to Ecuador.
What is happening to Assange is precisely what happened to Cardinal
Jozsef Mindszenty, who was granted political asylum by the United States
in 1956 and spent 15 years inside the US embassy in Budapest because
the Soviet government instructed its Hungarian vassal state not to honor
the grant of asylum. The Anglo-American world has morphed into the
Currently the US is attempting to overthrow the government in Ecuador
in order to return the country to Washington’s control. If Washington
succeeds in establishing a vassal state in Ecuador, Assange’s asylum
will be revoked, and he will end up in Washington’s hands.
Perhaps recognizing the threat to Assange, France’s Minister of
Justice, Christiane Taubira, raised the possibility of political asylum
for Assange in France. Assange responded to the opening and asked
President Hollande for asylum and was immediately refused.
Clearly, what was considered in 1971 to be heroic action in defense
of democracy and a free press by Daniel Ellsberg and the New York Times
has been transformed four decades later into a crime against the state.
A civilization that can lose such important values in four decades is
clearly in retreat from the values it professes. Today the professed
values serve only as a cloak behind which the West hides its crimes.
Or consider the Greek referendum on Sunday, the day after July 4th.
When the Greek government announced that it would let the Greek people
decide their own fate, Western political leaders and media denounced the
Greek government for practicing democracy. As far as Europe’s leaders
are concerned, foreign elites, not the Greek people, have sovereignty
One criticism of the Soviet Union was that it lacked a free press.
Today the entire West lacks a free press. In 2014 Udo Ulfkotte, a former
editor with the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, published a book, Bought Journalists, in which he revealed that most prominent European journalists are paid agents of the CIA.
In the run-up to Sunday’s referendum we see these agents at work in
Greece. The Greek polling firm, Greek Public Opinion, has released a
statement accusing Greek newspapers of attempting to influence the
referendum vote by publishing the firm’s unreleased, incomplete and
fragmentary findings of the public’s leanings. The Greek newspapers
falsely reported that 74.2% of Greek voters preferred to remain in the
Eurozone no matter how great the sacrifices imposed on them and that the
Greek government’s stand against the imposition of yet more austerity
on the Greek people would be voted down by the Greek people themselves.
The newspapers reported that the poll found that Greeks were going to
vote to accept the EU austerity package by 47.1% to 39.3%. The polling
firm has threatened to take legal action. http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150703/1024156209.html
Also at work in Greece are the foreign-funded non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) that are used to influence public opinion and even
to destabilize sovereign governments. For example, the Greek NGO,
Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, is telling the
Greek people that Greece can get a better deal only by accepting the
EU/IMF/ECB austerity package. This, of course, is nonsense. The
package is the deal. If the Greek people vote “yes” on Sunday, they
will have voted against their own government and in favor of their
The austerity package looming over Greece is far from the first. It
is just the latest round in the looting of a country not only of its
wealth but also its sovereignty. Previous austerity packages have caused
a 27% decline in Greece’s GDP, a youth unemployment rate of 60%, heavy
emigration, severely reduced pensions, wages, and social services, and a
rise in the suicide rate. It is not possible that the Greek newspapers
and NGOs, such as the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign
Policy, are not aware of the total failure of the austerity “solution”
to the “debt crisis.” Yet, they pretend that they do not know and that
more austerity is needed. Obviously, the Greek media and NGOs are in
cahoots with the looters.
What is amazing is that apparently about half of the long-suffering
Greek people themselves do not understand that austerity has failed and
that more is not the answer. Western peoples are too propagandized for
democracy to properly function. More often than not, people vote in
favor of the interest groups that are looting and pillaging them.
Thomas Frank pointed this out several years ago in his book, What’s The Matter With Kansas.
Western media, aided and abetted by foreign agents in the Greek media
and NGOs, might succeed in causing the Greek people to vote against
their economic, social, and political interests on Sunday.
A “yes” vote on Sunday would comprise an abandonment of sovereignty
for serfdom. Other debtor nations will be expected to follow.
Americans themselves are far along on the same path. What is
happening to Greeks has been happening to Americans. The financial
crisis was used to focus Federal Reserve policy on the needs of the
small handful of “banks too big to fail” at the expense of the American
people. It has been years since Americans received any interest on their
savings. The banks don’t need to pay for money because the Federal
Reserve gives it to them for free. The complete cut-off of interest
income has harmed retirees and raised the specter of them running out of
money before they run out of life. Without interest income to
supplement Social Security, retirees have had to draw down their
savings. As savings are drawn down, future income streams diminish.
They can do less to cushion a son or daughter’s loss of job due to their
job being moved offshore. They can do less to help a grandchild buried
under student debt and unable to find a job in the jobless economy.
All the while that a large percentage of the American population is
experiencing economic frustration and hardship, the government and the
financial media are telling them that recovery is underway, that the
unemployment rate has come down, that construction and home sales are
rebounding. These are self-evident lies, but the lies meet few
Because of the holiday, jobs and employment data for June were
released on Thursday. The financial media pumped the holiday weekend
full of good news—223,000 new payroll jobs and a drop in the
unemployment rate from 5.5% to 5.3%, a number that is closing in on full
This is a totally false picture. Here is the true one:
The payroll jobs figure reported last month for May was revised down
by 60,000 jobs. Net of the revision of the overstated May payroll
jobs, the job increase was 163,000, not 223,000. This method of
overestimating jobs for the good news effects and then quietly revising
them later is one of the deceptions used by The Matrix.
The 163,000 payroll jobs are jobs, not employed people. Increasingly
the jobs are part-time and one person may have 2 or 3 of the jobs. In
June the number of people with full-time jobs declined by 349,000.
The 5.3% unemployment rate (U3) is achieved by not counting
millions of unemployed people. If you have been unable to find a job
and have not looked for a job in the previous four weeks, you are not
included in calculation of the 5.3% rate. The financial media
emphasizes this misleading rate even though the government provides a
second measure of unemployment (U6) that counts the short-term
discouraged workers. The inclusion of short-term discouraged workers,
that is, those who cannot find a job and have given up looking, doubles
the unemployment rate to 10.5%.
As part of its policy of replacing truth with propaganda, about 20
years ago the government ceased counting long-term discouraged workers
among the unemployed. When the long-term unemployed are included, the
rate of unemployment in the US in June was 23.1%.
A 23.1% rate of unemployment is what the government, the Federal
Reserve, Wall Street, the financial media, and the Ivy League economists
who shill for the One Percent call recovery.
If Greeks are unable to discern their own interests when they vote
Sunday, Americans have no right to say anything about it as Americans
have proven over and over that they are incapable of knowing their own