Paul Craig Roberts: Integrity Has Vanished From The West

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Among Western political leaders there is not an ounce of integrity or morality. The Western print and TV media is dishonest and corrupt beyond repair. Yet the Russian government persists in its fantasy of “working with Russia’s Western partners.” The only way Russia can work with crooks is to become a crook. Is that what the Russian government wants?

Finian Cunningham notes the absurdity in the political and media uproar over Trump (belatedly) telephoning Putin to congratulate him on his reelection with 77 percent of the vote, a show of public approval that no Western political leader could possibly attain. The crazed US senator from Arizona called the person with the largest majority vote of our time “a dictator.” Yet a real blood-soaked dictator from Saudi Arabia is feted at the White House and fawned over by the president of the United States.

The Western politicians and presstitutes are morally outraged over an alleged poisoning, unsupported by any evidence, of a former spy of no consequence on orders by the president of Russia himself. These kind of insane insults thrown at the leader of the world’s most powerful military nation—and Russia is a nation, unlike the mongrel Western countries—raise the chances of nuclear Armageddon beyond the risks during the 20th century’s Cold War. The insane fools making these unsupported accusations show total disregard for all life on earth. Yet they regard themselves as the salt of the earth and as “exceptional, indispensable” people.

Think about the alleged poisoning of Skirpal by Russia. What can this be other than an orchestrated effort to demonize the president of Russia? How can the West be so outraged over the death of a former double-agent, that is, a deceptive person, and completely indifferent to the millions of peoples destroyed by the West in the 21st century alone. Where is the outrage among Western peoples over the massive deaths for which the West, acting through its Saudi agent, is responsible in Yemen? Where is the Western outrage among Western peoples over the deaths in Syria? The deaths in Libya, in Somalia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Afghanistan? Where is the outrage in the West over the constant Western interference in the internal affairs of other countries? How many times has Washington overthrown a democratically-elected government in Honduras and reinstalled a Washington puppet?

The corruption in the West extends beyond politicians, presstitutes, and an insouciant public to experts. When the ridiculous Condi Rice, national security adviser to president George W. Bush, spoke of Saddam Hussein’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction sending up a nuclear cloud over an American city, experts did not laugh her out of court. The chance of any such event was precisely zero and every expert knew it, but the corrupt experts held their tongues. If they spoke the truth, they knew that they would not get on TV, would not get a government grant, would be out of the running for a government appointment. So they accepted the absurd lie designed to justify an American invasion that destroyed a country.

This is the West. There is nothing but lies and indifference to the deaths of others. The only outrage is orchestrated and directed against a target: the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Iran, Assad, Russia and Putin, and against reformist leaders in Latin America. The targets for Western outrage are always those who act independently of Washington or who are no longer useful to Washington’s purposes.

The quality of people in Western governments has collapsed to the very bottom of the barrel. The British actually have a person, Boris Johnson, as Foreign Secretary, who is so low-down that a former British ambassador has no compunction in calling him a categorical liar. The British lab Porton Down, contrary to Johnson’s claim, has not identified the agent associated with the attack on Skirpal as a Russian novichok agent. Note also that if the British lab is able to identify a novichok agent, it also has the capability of producing it, a capability that many countries have as the formulas were published years ago in a book.

That the novichok poisoning of Skirpal is an orchestration is obvious. The minute the event occurred the story was ready. With no evidence in hand, the British government and presstitute media were screaming “the Russians did it.” Not content with that, Boris Johnson screamed “Putin did it.” In order to institutionalize fear and hatred of Russia into British consciousness, British school children are being taught that Putin is like Hitler. 

Orchestrations this blatant demonstrate that Western governments have no respect for the intelligence of their peoples. That Western governments get away with these fantastic lies indicates that the governments are immune to accountability. Even if accountability were possible, there is no sign that Western peoples are capable of holding their governments accountable. As Washington drives the world to nuclear war, where are the protests? The only protest is brainwashed school children protesting the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment.

Western democracy is a hoax. Consider Catalonia. The people voted for independence and were denounced for doing so by European politicians. The Spanish government invaded Catalonia alleging that the popular referendum, in which people expressed their opinion about their own future, was illegal. Catalonian leaders are in prison awaiting trial, except for Carles Puigdemont who escaped to Belgium. Now Germany has captured him on his return to Belgium from Finland where he lectured at the University of Hesinki and is holding him in jail for a Spanish government that bears more resemblance to Francisco Franco than to democracy.  The European Union itself is a conspiracy against democracy.

The success of Western propaganda in creating non-existent virtues for itself is the greatest public relations success in history.

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Jack Oliver Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:12 Permalink

The people of the world are treated with contempt and now they are going to FUCKING radiate you !!!! 

If we don’t publicly hang these traitors we call FUCKING leaders - well - we deserve everything we get !!! 

Time we did it for the ‘children’ !!

OUR children !!! 

 

 

JSBach1 Adolph.H. Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:36 Permalink

We live in a time where lies are reality and truth is turned upside down. We are led closer to world where annihilation is realistic possibility while those at the helm become more reckless with their intoxication of power. A world where madman decide our fate...

On a lighter note, the liberation of Ghouta by the SAA:

https://youtu.be/ICXs7O65Q6E

https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/977198042888667136

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Slack Jack JSBach1 Tue, 03/27/2018 - 03:40 Permalink

The evil people, Theresa May, Stoltenberg and the rest, are damming Russia with obvious lies.

The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.

HERE IS THE PROOF:

The Novichok nerve agents are supposedly much more toxic than the nerve gases VX or Sarin.

Mirzayanov's book, published in 2008, contains the formulas he alleges can be used to create Novichoks. In 1995, he explained that "the chemical components or precursors" of Novichok are "ordinary organophosphates that can be made at commercial chemical companies that manufacture such products as fertilizers and pesticides."

https://www.amazon.com/State-Secrets-Insiders-Chronicle-Chemical/dp/143…

Basically, Mirzayanov claims that it is relatively easy to make the Novichok nerve agents.

So, some enterprising Arabs could buy a few chemists to make a few tons of it and then spray it all over the little Satan.

Do you really think that the Jews who run the United States would allow the publication of information that could lead to thousands of deaths in Israel?

Do you really think they would protect the publisher of such information by giving him residence in the United States?

Remember, Mirzayanov was given residence in the United States after he was kicked out of Russia.

There are also a number of "people who should know" that have stated that there is zero solid evidence for the existence of the Novichok nerve agents.

CONCLUSION: The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.

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Voluntary Exchange Slack Jack Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:20 Permalink

The sum total of all evil in the world does not equal "Jews". 

It is possible to hold "evil" in check, but it requires a new way of relating to other people.

If most people can respect the truth that all are equal with regard to nature, and all have the same creative essence inside them, then it will be possible to reject all claims to "authority" in the human kingdom.

If most people can do that, then a new state of balance can be achieved based on voluntary exchange that is the goal of voluntarism. Those who do evil against others will have no way to gain lasting power so as to continue to prevail over those who live by voluntary exchange.

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Voluntary Exchange Voluntary Exchange Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:51 Permalink

Evil can prevail where there is an asymmetry of power.

How to you concentrate power to defeat evil then? You do not overcome evil with evil. To claim or believe others have a right to take wealth by force (taxation) is to initiate evil in an attempt to combat evil. This is a self-reinforcing loop that can never be broken this way.

Here is the larger "truth" that can free us from this cycle:

We are all equal with regard to that creative principle that caused reality to emerge, and lives within each of us. Since we are all equal with regard to this ultimate authority it is a crime against nature for one person or group to claim authority over any others.

It is possible to concentrate power through voluntary exchange. It is not possible for those who initiate force, fraud, or theft to be able maintain control over this method of power concentration. This breaks the cycle, and the "evil" ones remain the few, while the "meek" are able to inherit the Earth.

If a relatively small number of humans are able to demonstrate the truth of this and share it effectively with the rest of humanity, the transition to the new equilibrium becomes possible. This will require courage of the few who recognize this truth, being able to demonstrate and propagate this truth infectiously (go "viral") before the enemy is able to extinguish the message from public awareness.

It is a phase change similar to what happened in an instant when the enforcers of Romania's tyrants could see that the tyrants must no longer be obeyed.

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Voluntary Exchange BennyBoy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 06:18 Permalink

The American people won their freedom powered by the truth that all "men" (people) are created equal. How equal? Equal with regard to natural law and thus natural rights. They just didn't understand how to secure their liberty other than the wrong way that is doomed to failure.

The Pre-Catholic Irish lived stateless for at least many hundreds of years. The early city of Jericho behind its city walls was stateless for at least a thousand years - give or take. (No state type buildings found in the ruins).

There was true integrity of mutual respect of the nature of humanity occasionally, but it has been rare on the Earth. Of course the "bad" stuff was known by the victims who suffered it, but before the printing press it was hard to tell the story. While we still have effective cheap world communication we have a moment in time where actual freedom becomes possible.

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Voluntary Exchange cookies anyone Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:17 Permalink

re: "destroying and pillaging"

In some cases yes, but in most cases no. At least earlier in our history. But we are trending the wrong way lately.

It is a fact of nature that people who use wealth intelligently according to understanding of the laws of nature are capable or creating much more wealth. But people must have freedom to acquire  the needed wealth, knowledge, and human cooperation to do this. This is a basic definition of free market "capitalism". Destroying and pillaging is in the long run very stupid. It is harder to steal criminal booty and get away with it (unless you use "government"), then it is to make wealth. And you make enemies who will go to war against you. Using resources to impose violence -(involuntary exchange)- is exceptionally wasteful in the long run. All empires eventually fall.

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GreatUncle Slack Jack Tue, 03/27/2018 - 05:53 Permalink

Consider a person was poisoned ... then the UK high court judges about blood samples to be taken before death.

That part looks ominous ... sad but true.

https://goo.gl/yX3cQi This link because the url gets blocked or appears to be the "great censor ai".

In the evidence ... Porton Down cannot even identify the agent used for sure ... no mention in Justice williams summing up about who the agent is. Look at the write up for Boris Johnson and the deceit. Priceless I kept a copy the revealment of who the main liars and thieves are keeps growing.

WE ARE BEING LED TO WAR.

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commoncourtesy GreatUncle Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:39 Permalink

It is very rare I watch television, however, this morning on UK TV every one of the 3 guests (including one american) all strongly pushed the same tripe/lies in unison. They reveled in their allies (other Countries) all ousting Russian diplomats. It was a chorus worthy of an Oscar (and it was not even the BBC) so yes this is heavy!  

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Voluntary Exchange Adolph.H. Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:52 Permalink

Adolph you illustrate my point. Yes some "Jews" are a problem, but no, not all Jews are beasts, not even the majority. This is the same for any other tribe of humanity. When you condemn the innocent along with the wicked you give yourself over to the madness of unjust hatred. In fact I think you will find that most "Jews" want what you want but are deceived as all other groups are  in this world to be suspicious of other groups and to be supportive of the wicked who hide themselves under false "authority".

You labeling all of them without regard to their actual actions only reinforces their suspicions of you. And so it is with every group inside the human kingdom. How can there be peace for people like you? You don't see a particular person who behaves virtuously. You are blind to the good they do in the world, and if all you see is evil where good exits, will you not seek to destroy everyone who falls within your domain of anger, fear, and hate? This is why it is important to "love" your "enemies".

The only just violence is against those who violate your natural rights. Any person or group that seeks to steal, defraud, or initiate violence can be resisted, but as you are able, SPARE THE INNOCENT!

According to esoteric wisdom God will spare a city if there are 10 righteous in it. But not people! They will destroy a city if they spot 10 evil leaders and just assume all the rest are like that. Your lack of vision will end up killing others as well as yourself. 

There is only one rightful authority for people and it lives inside each of us. It is the essence that is responsible for the existence of reality, and it lives inside of each of us. Anyone who seeks authority over another person commits offense against this truth.

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SixIsNinE Adolph.H. Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:56 Permalink

put blame where it's due - a majority of Christians went along with criminalizing the hemp/cannabis plant.  and the 36 million americans arrested and incarcerated and their possessions stolen from them and their dignity trashed over the last 70 years.

going along with that single law is the root of terminal disease and the general un-healthy nature of our obese apathetic and 'tarded culture.

the fact that the rest of the conscious brain spirit nutrients have also been made forbidden to possess and administer is the rest of the equation leading to the sickness  - and the icing on the highfructose aspartame cake is the fakestream TeeVee and poisonous presstituted media.

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Karsten Voluntary Exchange Tue, 03/27/2018 - 03:47 Permalink

It is easy. They just replaced Morality with reality. Now You have all the phenomens you can see in our history books. Inquisition and censorship became political correct again. Many wars in our societies and between different countries happen because of a lack of arguments, which ist a result of a moralistic point of view. Soon there will be punishments and prisons for people who dont agree. 

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Voluntary Exchange Karsten Tue, 03/27/2018 - 06:51 Permalink

What we choose to create becomes "real". Some choose violence, predation, theft and fraud and so we get misery, suffering and death.

Some choose mutual respect and voluntary exchange. They create freedom, happiness, abundance, and a good life.

The Earth is what we make it but the makers can live without the takers. Everyone, please stop giving your wealth to the takers. Do not support those who are trying to make you pay taxes.

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Voluntary Exchange FreeEarCandy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 06:37 Permalink

Those who seek power over others are quite motivated to make sure it is hard to even discover "truth".

Those who can't handle it now, can start with simple little truths, and armed with those it becomes possible to handle bigger and bigger ones.

Most children used to learn from mom not to steal.  Naturally the people who control the state don't even want there to be a mother to teach even this simple lesson, much less, allow the education they control to teach children the larger truth that taxation itself is theft.

While there may be just one truth, it can appear very differently to different people, depending on what they see when they look. It requires some humility to not over-react to these different perceptions of the "truth" of different people with different capacity.

Truth mixed with love can overcome people's barriers to seeing the truth.

There are those that can perceive that there is only one "mind" in the universe, and that we are all part of it. But not everyone else can perceive or tolerate this.

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Voluntary Exchange Jack Oliver Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:24 Permalink

A person who is somewhat sane can observe in horror as human madness becomes a full gallop towards annihilation. If you are aware, maybe you can figure out how humans are deceived into acting like animals.

But perhaps nature has a safeguard against this:  heavy radioactive isotopes are natures way of insuring beasts to not inherit the galaxy...  It is a pity as some of us do not wish to live as beasts. We humbly recognize that we are all equal with regard to nature's laws. Not much point in the meek (humble) inheriting the Earth if it is a radioactive oven.

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commoncourtesy Voluntary Exchange Tue, 03/27/2018 - 05:38 Permalink

Democracy is a word that means different things to different people (legalese). In origin it is Greek, a composite of demos and kratos. Demos can be translated as “the people” and kratos as “power,” hence it can mean People Power, "Power to the People".

But what does Power mean? Strength? Right? Authority?

Autos means "Self" in Greek.  "Autocracy", or autos-kratos meaning "Power to the Self" or Dictatorship.

You choose!

The legal version: Democracy - That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy or oligarchy. 

This opens another can of worms. What constitutes a free citizen? Can any citizen be free if under the constitution and laws of a particular state?

Another definition - Citizens are members of a political community who, in their associated capacity, have established or submitted themselves to the dominion of a government for the promotion of their general welfare and the protection of their individual as well as collective rights.

How can an individual assert individual rights if they are different to the collective and under another (man-made) domain?

Does a man or woman have any choice whether to volunteer to the dominion of a government or are all men and women considered involuntary citizens from birth?       

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Voluntary Exchange commoncourtesy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:38 Permalink

Sorry I won't choose between 2 bad choices. There is of course a third way: Actual self-rule meaning a person's power only extends over them-self and what they make. The problem with democracy is that the majority seldom respects what is not theirs. Often they have suffered under the tyranny of some other authoritarian scam and thus, think they are entitled to run wild.

Restitution and recovery of criminal booty through a process of free-market adjudication - yes.

Stealing from others through taxes or mob violence- NO!

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commoncourtesy Voluntary Exchange Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:59 Permalink

Thank you Voluntary Exchange.

How wonderful the world would be... a third way.

Sometimes, I see the world as a box of chocolates built to share, offering a continual, unlimited choice and supply providing all that is needed (for everyone equally). Some you like, some you don't. Some are organic and natural, some are toxic.

Then someone covets and claims all your favourites, puts on an artificial price tag complete with sell-by date and closes the lid.    

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Voluntary Exchange commoncourtesy Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:49 Permalink

There is no such thing as "general welfare". Each person's definition of welfare can be different. This can not be generalized. Some people can agree about welfare or they can disagree, but the minute someone claims authority to define "general welfare" freedom is lost and tyranny reigns. Likewise there is no such thing as "collective rights" for similar reasons. Rights only exist among individuals according to laws of nature ("Natural Rights) which apply the same to each person.

These two phrases you cite are examples of propaganda to get the foolish to surrender their wealth to  the criminals who claim "authority". A person's "authority" only extends over himself and what he makes, and there is nothing he can do to change that. No magic words on fancy looking paper gives him authority to steal from others by force.

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Debugas Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:18 Permalink

PR stunts - nobody believes them but nobody can do a shit about it.

 

An example:

i do not believe russia was involved in UK chemical weapons use in Salisbury but the rulers in my country expel russian diplomats for no reason. The politicians that the last two times i voted for - are being prosecuted by the current ruling elite. Elections is a joke 

OverTheHedge Debugas Tue, 03/27/2018 - 03:22 Permalink

So -  what to do? You can ignore the government, in the hopes that they don't come for you, or you can actively fight the system, either politically or violently. Which do you choose?

Me? I have buried my head deeply in the sand, in the hopes that they come for everyone else first. I don't have time, or enthusiasm, for battling the beast. It may cost me dearly later on. At least I know this, and will have to live with the consequences. I was scratching one of my pigs behind the ears this morning - we were bonding like anything, except I was working out how soon before he gets the chop. Another two weeks, I think, and then bacon. That has to be a metaphor for something.

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Voluntary Exchange OverTheHedge Tue, 03/27/2018 - 08:36 Permalink

"Which do you choose?"

I choose neither. Politics is not the solution because it is immoral to sanction theft (taxation) and that's what you do when you vote for any person who will be paid by taxation. Maybe some might run with the understanding that they will not receive payment through taxation and will do all they can to eliminate all taxes and all "laws". You or I could do that. That might temporarily get you a bigger mouthpiece in some media, maybe.  And initiating violence will also fail.

At this point it looks like if we do nothing we face nuclear annihilation, sooner or later.

I think we should remain as  free as we can, prepare as we can, and proclaim to the world why these people who call themselves "the state" are criminals and why we should not do what they say, and also do things that can peacefully reduce their power. Try to pay zero tax and not be jailed. Try to dissuade anyone else from the crime of tax-paid government "service". Try to produce and exchange things of value with others who reject tyrants. Use free means of exchange to do this and not paper money, not using ways that tyrants can track you. Try to grow a new world according to voluntary exchange. Grow your own food, filter and store water, store your seeds, and build a fallout shelter. Be prepared to cooperate to defend yourself and your group. Survival might be possible but it won't be easy.

About the pig.... You do realize that the pig has feelings and can feel pain and pleasure? Since you can eat nuts instead, why choose to create more misery in the world? At least use a bullet to the head if you are going to do it.  It is better to give life than take it away. The more respect you show for life, the more life will respect you.

 

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Manipuflation Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:29 Permalink

Integrity has not vanished.  I will not bow down.  I have no time for intimidation.  30 more ounces of silver showed up today to close that order.  Looks good.  

Let's be honest, I really want to be ready to go when the time comes.  I'm burning my run for school board savings on PMs right now but I can still manage if I want to.  

I don't like going into a situation without being armed with knowledge of that situation.  I don't want anyone to know that I am in contention.  I don't do facebook.