Paul Craig Roberts To The American Left: R.I.P.

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Once upon a time the leftwing of the political spectrum was committed to the advancement of the working class and its protection from political and economic abuse by the owners of the means of production. Consequently, the leftwing was politically potent and reached a pinnacle of power when Henry Wallace was selected by Franklin D. Roosevelt as his third term vice president. Despite his wealth from the company he founded, Wallace stood for the farmer and the working class.

The Democratic Party power brokers refused to accept Wallace as the vice president candidate until FDR told them he otherwise would decline the presidential nomination.

Wallace was Roosevelt’s and the Democratic voters’ choice for vice president in Roosevelt’s fourth term. But Wallace’s progressive views had alienated the party bosses, Wall Street bankers, anti-union businesses, and America’s British and French allies with his support for labor unions, women, minorities, and victims of colonialism. When he called for the emancipation of colonial subjects and for working with the Soviet Union in the cause of peace and working class justice, he sealed his fate. Despite a Gallup Poll released during the Democratic national convention in July 1944 showing that Wallace was the favorite with 65% of the vote and Roosevelt’s announcement that if he were a delegate, he would choose Wallace, the party bosses chose Harry Truman who was preferred by only 2% of Democratic voters.

This was a turning point in US politics and world history. If the people had prevailed over the corrupt Democratic party bosses, Wallace instead of Truman would have become the first postwar US president. Most likely, there would have been no Cold War, no Korean War, no Vietnam War, no NATO, and no decades of mutual distrust between the US and Russia that today threatens life on earth.

Moreover, in place of today’s highly skewed income and wealth distribution toward the very rich fraction of one percent, there would be an equitable distribution that would support a strong consumer market instead of declining real incomes and debt expansion that threatens economic growth, business profits, employment, and high equity values.

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick in their best seller, The Untold History of the United States, describe the Clinton-style Democratic Party corruption that was used to block Wallace as the vice presidential candidate:

Party insiders made sure they had an iron grip on the convention. Yet the rank-and-file Democrats would not go quietly, staging a rebellion on the convention floor. The groundswell of support for Wallace among the delegates and attendees was so great that despite the bosses’ stranglehold over the proceedings and strong-arm tactics, Wallace’s supporters almost carried the day as an uproarious demonstration for Wallace broke out on the convention floor. In the midst of the demonstration, Florida Senator Claude Pepper realized that if he got Wallace’s name into nomination that night, Wallace would sweep the convention. Pepper fought his way through the crowd to get within five feet of the microphone when the nearly hysterical Mayor Kelly, purporting that there was a fire hazard, got the Chairman, Senator Samuel Jackson, to adjourn the proceedings. Had Pepper made it five more feet and nominated Wallace before the bosses forced adjournment against the will of the delegates, Wallace would have become president in 1945 and the course of history would have been dramatically altered.”

The next day Senator Jackson apologized to Senator Pepper:

“I had strict instructions from Hannegan not to let the convention nominate the vice president last night. So I had to adjourn the convention in your face.”

Thus was the power of interest groups to prevail over democracy 73 years ago when there was still a press that would on occasion speak for the people. Dave Kranzler and Brett Arends describe the power of the interests and the degeneration of the media today:

“It’s been my view since circa 2003 that [the oligarchs] would hold up the system with printed money and credit creation until every last crumb of middle class wealth was swept off the table and into the pockets of those in position to do the sweeping.

 

“Obama delivered nothing on his original campaign promises. He was going to “reform” Wall Street.  But the concept of Too Big To Fail was legislated under Obama, and Wall Street indictments/prosecutions fell precipitously from the previous Administration.

 

“Obama left office and entered into a world of high six-figure Wall Street-sponsored speaking engagements and to live in a $10 million estate in Hawaii paid for by the Chicago elite (Pritzkers etc).  Now Obama will be paid off $10’s of millions for his role in aiding and abetting the transfer of trillions from the middle class to the elitists. Look at Bill and Hillary – need I say more?  Trump has reversed course on his campaign promises twice as quickly as Obama.  Almost overnight after his inauguration, Trump became a war-mongering hand-puppet for the Deep State’s ‘Swamp’ creatures.

 

“The media has been willingly complicit in this big charade. Much to my complete shock, Brett Arends has published a commentary on Marketwatch which, from an insider, warns about the media:

 

‘Do you want to know what kind of person makes the best reporter? I’ll tell you. A borderline sociopath. Someone smart, inquisitive, stubborn, disorganized, chaotic, and in a perpetual state of simmering rage at the failings of the world. Once upon a time you saw people like this in every newsroom in the country. They often had chaotic personal lives and they died early of cirrhosis or a heart attack. But they were tough, angry SOBs and they produced great stories.

 

‘Do you want to know what kind of people get promoted and succeed in the modern news organization? Social climbers. Networkers. People who are gregarious, who “buy in” to the dominant consensus, who go along to get along and don’t ask too many really awkward questions. They are flexible, well-organized, and happy with life. And it shows.’

 

“This is why so many reporters are happy to report that U.S. corporations are in great financial shape, even though they also have surging debts, or that a ‘diversified portfolio’ of stocks and bonds will protect you in all circumstances, even though this is not the case, or that defense budgets are being slashed, when they aren’t, or that the U.S. economy has massively outperformed rivals such as Japan, when on key metrics it hasn’t, or that companies must pay CEOs gazillions of dollars to secure the top ‘talent’ when they don’t need to do any such thing and such pay is just plunder.” 

The American leftwing has been transmogrified. The left, which formerly stood for “peace and bread,” today stands for Identity Politics and war. The working class has been redefined as “the Trump deplorables” and splintered into separate “victim groups”—women, racial minorities, homosexuals, transgendered. The oppressors are no longer oligarchs who own the means of production. The oppressor is the sexist, misogynist, homophobic, heterosexual, fascist, white supremacist male working class.

The rise of Identity Politics has brought with it politically controlled speech. Primarily white people, especially heterosexual white males, are subject to this control. The limits on their free speech are growing ever more severe, and no one has to be concerned about white heterosexual males being offended by offensive or threatening speech. White males can be called anything and they are.

By splintering the working class into victim groups, Identity Politics has made opposition to war and income inequality impossible. In place of unity, Identity Politics has dismembered the working class and directed its energies into internal disputes. We now have fistfights in London’s Hyde Park between radical feminists and transgendered activists.

Diana Johnstone has shown how Antifa, the violent arm of Identity Politics, has turned the leftwing into a suppressor of free speech and a supporter of war.

A splintered society cannot recognize or resist its oppression by a ruling elite.

Feminism turns wives and husbands from complements into rivals. Indeed, Sarah Knapton, science editor for the London Telegraph, reports on the rise of “bromance,” strong emotional relationships between heterosexual men. Feminist attacks on men and political correctness have reduced millennial heterosexual males’ relationships with women to sex only. Their emotional commitments are to their male friends.  This doesn’t seem like a victory for women.

The cultivated hyper-sensitivity of political correctness, which arises from Identity Politics, is destroying language, history, and free speech. The UK government opposes the term “pregnant woman” because it excludes and offends transgender people.

The British Medical Association has issued guidelines that doctors should not use the word “mother” to refer to a pregnant woman as the term could offend transgender people. Instead, the term “pregnant people” should be used. This has led to more conflict between feminists and the transgendered. Feminists see it as a plot to make “women” unmentionable.  British National Health Service doctors are no longer to use the term “expectant mother” because it is “non-inclusive.”

Identity Politics, together with the rising American police state, have just about destroyed the First Amendment. A professor at one of America’s research universities told me that he was dressed down by a dean because he used the word “girls” in class and a woman was offended. Google fired one of its senior software engineers because he wrote a memo that men and women have different traits that make them suitable for different kinds of jobs. This statement of ordinary common sense got the engineer fired for “gender stereotyping.”

Economic commentator Marc Faber was removed from the board of the investment company, Sprott, and banned from CNBC and the Fox Business Network for expressing his views against monument removal and that white Americans have done a better job of building an economy than black Zimbabwe.

Free speech is not supposed to be limited to words that give no offense to anyone. What this definition of free speech does is to eliminate all criticism of wrong or criminal activity and all dissent against war, police brutality, and political, social, and economic programs. In other words, political correctness silences a population. Silencing is permitted regardless of whether the “offensive” statement is true or false. Just expressing a truth, as the Google engineer did, can destroy a person’s career. There is no freedom in such a system. As George Orwell said, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

Universities themselves, traditionally dependent on free speech, are now themselves banning free speech. Controversial speakers likely to offend some “victim group” are simply prevented from speaking at universities. For example, speakers in favor of multiculturalism are welcomed even though the speech might offend those who believe the US is a white Christian society, but a white supremacist, whose speech at the University of Florida could not be blocked, caused the Florida governor to declare a state of emergency.

It seems simple enough that if a person doesn’t want to be offended by a speaker, don’t go to the speech. On the other hand, if a person wants to learn what the opposition is up to, why miss the chance? In the end, political correctness is about regulating what can be said and controlling explanations, not about protecting the hyper-sensitive from hurtful words.

What Identity Politics and political correctness are doing is demonizing white people and heterosexual males. Only white people are racists. Only heterosexual males - essentially white gentile ones except for Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein - commit sexual violence. As David Rosen writes in CounterPunch, “Male sexual violence: as American as cherry pie.”

Rosen defines sexual abuse as “a form of sexual terror, an all-American male sport” that is “as old as the country.” In other words, all or most American males practice sexual terror on women. We have reached the point where a wife who gets angry at her husband can accuse him of rape and have him imprisoned, a far departure from the days when husband and wife were legally regarded as one and neither could testify against the other. When the most intimate personal relationship is subject to outside intervention, how does marriage prosper?

It doesn’t. According to the American Psychological Association, “about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.”

If husband and wife, mother and father, can’t stay together, how does society stay together?

How does society stay together when Identity Politics teaches hate and inflames social divisiveness?

How does society stay together when thugs claiming to be offended offend others by destroying historical monuments that are associated with the memory or identity of others?

How does society stay together when its history is erased, its schools, streets, and public buildings are renamed?

As George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” The next monuments to be removed are those of the Founding Fathers, racists all who adopted a Constitution that permitted slavery, an inherited institution that they had no power to reform.

In the United States history is being rewritten and language corrupted in order to foster hatred of white “oppressors,” especially white heterosexual males.

Little wonder Russia responds diplomatically to Washington’s aggression. No need to reply in kind when an enemy is destroying itself.

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Umh's picture

"I didn't leave the Democratic Party, the party left me."

spag's picture

its the post left and right era  now its just retards vs everyone else

cheka's picture

still a 2 party system

1. gop

2. gwp* (get whitey party)

 

*gwp formerly known as democrat party

Four chan's picture

break up take another pussy hat and numale babe, breakup let cnn flush it self down with you.

new game's picture

I'm picking a winner, and i think darwin would agree...

signed, dirty white trash

bluez's picture

Please pay special attention to what Roberts said (reiterated below):

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The American leftwing has been transmogrified. The left, which formerly stood for “peace and bread,” today stands for Identity Politics and war. The working class has been redefined as “the Trump deplorables” and splintered into separate “victim groups”—women, racial minorities, homosexuals, transgendered. The oppressors are no longer oligarchs who own the means of production. The oppressor is the sexist, misogynist, homophobic, heterosexual, fascist, white supremacist male working class.

The rise of Identity Politics has brought with it politically controlled speech. Primarily white people, especially heterosexual white males, are subject to this control. The limits on their free speech are growing ever more severe, and no one has to be concerned about white heterosexual males being offended by offensive or threatening speech. White males can be called anything and they are.

By splintering the working class into victim groups, Identity Politics has made opposition to war and income inequality impossible. In place of unity, Identity Politics has dismembered the working class and directed its energies into internal disputes. We now have fistfights in London’s Hyde Park between radical feminists and transgendered activists.
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I could call myself a member of the old humanitarian "left". I'll explain that presently. Nowadays the Soros style NGOs, fake corporate sponsored "movements", and the CIA Media Cartel have given birth to a Crypto-Imperial Sponsored "Left", which I want no part of.

I do not define myself as belonging to any movement or institution; these are just beliefs and associations. I do not wave or salute the flag, and have no use for patriotism. America is simply my home and I have a responsibility to do what I can for my home and for the people who live here. It's no more complicated than that.

The humanitarian "left" is a point of view that acknowledges that the old-time ways where the people could count on their families and communities to help out in times of need have vanished, and so we need some government programs to replace them. I would be completely in favor of returning to those old-time ways, but it doesn't seem realistic to hope for that. Of course I am against war and interference with people in other parts of the world, and against letting people enter our country whenever they wish to.

The new Crypto-Imperial Sponsored "Left" is an abomination conjured up by the deep state and shadow government. Being humanitarian I naturally wish the best for blacks, latinos, gays, and so on, and don't begrudge them campaigning on their own behalf. But I certainly will not have any "solidarity" with their groups if they are created and sponsored by evil imperial manipulators. The time has come to walk away from these dupes who are so over-publicized by  the CIA Media Cartel.

edotabin's picture

I would argue .gov is what made the family vanish. They wanted it to vanish so as to be able to exert greater influence.

Feminism and politics everywhere has sent everyone into their little splintered off corner.

This infiltration started just after WWII. Despite starting out with seemingly noble intentions, it was always designed to have the end result we are seeing. It is a very insidious, pernicious way to obtain objectives.

It is fashionable for lefties of old to hide behind "things were different back then".  I don't buy that excuse for 1 second. The end result is what counts and the end result is shit. What  must be acknowledged is that, back then, it was much harder for people to get the information required to figure out "the grand plan"

 

deimos178's picture

It's still a two party system, the problem is that you and I are not invited.

Barney Fife's picture

I nominate this for post of the month. So much truth said in so few words.

ANYONE today who identifies as a Republican or Democrat, Lib’rul or Conservative, is a total fucking tard.

zagzigga's picture

Same here. I am a registered democrat but feel sick to the stomach at the intolerant attitude and dishonesty of the left.

HockeyFool's picture

Yet you still voted for Hillary and Bernie?

daedon's picture

But did you only imagine you were in it ?

HRClinton's picture

Re... Orwell quote: "The most effective way to destroy people, is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."

Orwell was a Piker.  I'd argue that

"The most effective and enduring way to destroy a People, is to destroy their ability to form a viable and sustained Resistance and Opposition to a foreign people, who behave as an Invasive Species or Pathogen.

To do that, you need to break down ALL social structures of the victim/target country: the Self, the Couple, the Family, the Community, the Culture, the Government and eventually even the Nation." 

When all or most of this has been accomplished, the only permissible Opposition, is the Controlled Opposition and sporadic False Flag Opposition created by the regime itself.

Blue Steel 309's picture

D-R is a lie. it is the UNIPARTY.

anarchitect's picture

Correct.  But it would look bad to have a one-party state, so it's split into the Demopublican and Republicrat parties.  This system is perpetuated by laws, the corporate media, and voters who believe there are important differences in the parties' behavior, as opposed to their rhetoric.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Different Mafia families..."Let's make a deal and cut the pie.  Which piece do you want...the one with anchovies, or the one with pepperoni?"

Blue Steel 309's picture

It was always a fraud and you are still a rube.

halcyon's picture

It'll born again. Why?

Because the Hegelian dialectic of controlled opposites requires that there are two binary options and nothing else.

"The left" (the 2nd sock puppet) cannot die, because without it there is no political theater to keep people busy, while the real stealing happens behind the curtains, where all these silly left-right / conservative/liberal distinctions are useless. There are only stealers and those who people steal from. Nominal ideology is circus and bread for the masses.

 

Lavada's picture

There is no two party system. Its the alphabet Fake News outlets that tell us daily that we do. What we have had for years is a one party system controlled by the Eastern Elite Establishment is its called the "Global Tyranny Party".  

malek's picture

With Wallace as 33rd president instead of Truman, I'm sure everything were dandy today.
For example Germany would likely still be an agrarian country only, strictly along the Morgenthau plan.

Oldwood's picture

"If the people had prevailed over the corrupt Democratic party bosses, Wallace instead of Truman would have become the first postwar US president. Most likely, there would have been no Cold War, no Korean War, no Vietnam War, no NATO, and no decades of mutual distrust between the US and Russia that today threatens life on earth."

Yes the world would have been a progressive paradise. Lenin and Stalin and Mao were just misunderstood idealists who had the moral flexibilities to break a few eggs in making their more perfect omelet. Revisionist historians playing "what if" and "if only" with billions of lives.

FDR had nothing but Russian communist sympathizers in his government, many even having made the long journey to Russia to see their communist miracle, returning to extoll its wonders. If Wallace was too progressive for the democrats, let's give them a little credit.

SgtShaftoe's picture

I agree with everything you said except the bit about a progressive paradise in the US.  Wallace sounds like the intellectual brother of Ron Paul if you listen to his speeches.  I think it would have been much better, agreed, but maybe not a paradise and certainly not "progressive" from what I've read or listened to.   

Not that it matters now.  We have our own hell to makeover.  

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Nice call out of this revisionist history bullshit. This argument for communist/socialist utopia is unsurprisingly making a hard comeback. Trump's win has forced (((them))) to accelerate their plans. This propaganda wasn't supposed to come until 4 years of Clinton and then 8 years of a "mainstream" conservative or something like that. NWO isn't going quietly.  Soros wants his American Spring.

New_Meat's picture

And from down below, at the right hand of his hero, Saul smiles.  "I'm glad I dedicated my last book to you."

Alger Hiss also smiles: "We got away with it for years, thanks to all of the fellow travellers.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

...(((Russian Communist Sympathizers)))

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

33 Jew Degree Truman sure fixed it.

Ms. Erable's picture

White males still have rights? That's racist.

espirit's picture

Interpret whether an Northern European - American such as myself still has rights.

I'm rayciss against anyone trying to kill me. 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Anyone who points a gun at you is your enemy.

Ignatius's picture

This article really exemplifies the changes that have occurred in the last 4-5 decades. 

Recall, this is the "father of Reaganomics," villified by the Left at the time, who didn't understand what he was proposing, nor able to acknowledge what he achieved.

Identity politics and the theft of a solid metaphysics on which a society depends is leading to disaster.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" forexpressing his views against monument removal and that white Americans have done a better job of building an economy than black Zimbabwe."

Not true. I stop reading after the first lie. 

Bay of Pigs's picture

So you are saying that Faber is a racist for pointing out the hypocrisy and sheer ignorance of removing statues of people like Robert E. Lee and the disaster of black rule under Mugabe?

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Robert E Lee was more sympathetic to slaves than Lincoln. Lincoln wanted the economic and political union to stay at any cost. Slavery was not the root cause of the Civil War.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

You’re implying Lincoln started the Civil War

Democrats started it when they fired on Fort Sumter

Which is how the next one will start. California is the most likely Democratic state to attack Federal agents. They will arrest an ICE or send national guard troops to storm an ICE prison to free illegals, then someone gets shot.

Boom. Second Civil War

New_Meat's picture

Of course, you are right.

But Lincoln did start "The War of Northern Aggression" ;-)

Blue Steel 309's picture

PCR addressed the JQ in one of his essays, so we know he is one of the good guys. Doesn't mean he is always right, just means he is always honest. It takes guts to take on the JQ, because heebs will wreck anyone who asks the question. They will wreck you by getting you fired, harassed, disbarred, you name it, they will personally and professionally wreck you just for noticing they are a hyper-ethnocentic cabal.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Wallace would be labeled a Libertarian today.  That's how far things have fallen. 

Blue Steel 309's picture

Libertarians are morons that are so diseased in the mind that they can't understand the concept of race.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Why hasn't there been a single female world chess champion? I have asked this to every feminist I know and have never been given a coherent rationale answer. Plus I'm weary of cleaning up all the foamy spittle afterwards.

Miffed

Oldwood's picture

Because their emotional and nurturing nature does not allow them to sacrifice their pawns?

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Nurturing nature? How many feminists have you met? ;-)

You may have a point though. My father tried to teach me how to play chess when I was 12 and though I could understand the basic concept of strategy, I lost most of the time because I continuously fell into playing a defensive game. Drove my dad nuts. The few times I did win were just dumb ass luck. I think he just got sloppy being so used to my defensive play he occasionally left an opportunity.

Pawns are People.

Miffed;-)

NihilistZerO___'s picture

You said "female" chess champion. Feminists are females only genetically. And I'm starting to question that.

HRClinton's picture

Q: Do Black Pawn Lives matter?

A: They do. They matter the most, when you can turn them into a Black Queen, that can then mate the White King. 

;-)

HowdyDoody's picture

Black pawn, white pawn. We are all still pawns in the hands of the psychos running the place.