Collapse of Western Democracy
By Paul Craig
- Democracy no longer exists in the West. In
the US powerful private interest groups, such as the
military-security complex, Wall Street, the Israel
Lobby, agribusiness and the extractive industries of
energy, timber and mining, have long exercised more
control over government than the people. But now
even the semblance of democracy has been abandoned.
In the US
Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential
nomination. However, Republican convention delegates
are plotting to deny Trump the nomination that the
people have voted him. The Republican political
establishment is showing an unwillingness to accept
The people chose, but their choice is unacceptable
to the establishment which intends to substitute its
choice for the people’s choice.
remember Dominic Strauss-Kahn? Strauss-Kahn is the
Frenchman who was head of the IMF and, according to
polls, the likely next president of France. He said
something that sounded too favorable toward the
Greek people. This concerned powerful banking
interests who worried that he might get in the way
of their plunder of Greece, Portugal, Spain, and
Italy. A hotel maid appeared who accused him of
rape. He was arrested and held without bail. After
the police and prosecutors had made fools of
themselves, he was released with all charges
dropped. But the goal was achieved. Strauss-Kahn had
to resign as IMF director and kiss goodbye his
chance for the presidency of France.
isn’t it, that a woman has now appeared who claims
Trump raped her when she was 13 years old.
the political establishment’s response to the Brexit
vote. Members of Parliament are saying that the vote
is unacceptable and that Parliament has the right
and responsibility to ignore the voice of the
now established in the West is that the people are
not qualified to make political decisions. The
position of the opponents of Brexit is clear: it
simply is not a matter for the British people
whether their sovereignty is given away to an
unaccountable commission in Brussels.
Martin Schultz, President of the EU Parliament, puts
it clearly: “It is not the
EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate.”
media have made it clear that they do not accept the
people’s decision either. The vote is said to be
“racist” and therefore can be disregarded as
has no intention of permitting the British to exit
the European Union. Washington did not work for 60
years to put all of Europe in the EU bag that
Washington can control only to let democracy undo
Reserve, its Wall Street allies, and its Bank of
Japan and European Central Bank vassals will short
the UK pound and equities, and the presstitutes will
explain the decline in values as “the market’s”
pronouncement that the British vote was a mistake.
If Britain is actually permitted to leave, the
two-year long negotiations will be used to tie the
British into the EU so firmly that Britain leaves in
No one with
a brain believes that Europeans are happy that
Washington and NATO are driving them into conflict
with Russia. Yet their protests have no effect on
the French protests of what the neoliberal French
government, masquerading as socialist, calls “labor
law reforms.” What the “reform” does is to take away
the reforms that the French people achieved over
decades of struggle. The French made employment more
stable and less uncertain, thereby reducing stress
and contributing to the happiness of life. But the
corporations want more profit and regard regulations
and laws that benefit people as barriers to higher
profitability. Neoliberal economists backed the
takeback of French labor rights with the false
argument that a humane society causes unemployment.
The neoliberal economists call it “liberating the
employment market” from reforms achieved by the
government, of course, represents corporations, not
the French people.
neoliberal economists and politicians have no qualms
about sacrificing the quality of French life in
order to clear the way for global corporations to
make more profits. What is the value in “the global
market” when the result is to worsen the fate of
the Germans. They are being overrun with refugees
from Washington’s wars, wars that the stupid German
government enabled. The German people are
experiencing increases in crime and sexual attacks.
They protest, but their government does not hear
them. The German government is more concerned about
the refugees than it is about the German people.
the Greeks and the Portuguese forced by their
governments to accept personal financial ruin in
order to boost the profits of foreign banks. These
governments represent foreign bankers, not the Greek
and Portuguese people.
how long before all Western peoples conclude that
only a French Revolution complete with guillotine
can set them free.
Interest Groups Have Triumphed Over The Rule Of Law
This from a
reported this morning that recently the jet that
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was on just happened
to be on the same ramp as the one carrying Bill
“And somehow each party apparently knew of the
presence of the other.
“And they were in close enough proximity that Bill
and Loretta met privately in one of the jets.
“The FBI (a department under the AG)
is investigating Hillary’s emails as a criminal
violation of the espionage act and the funding of
the Clinton Foundation by foreign interests.
“Seems to me that this is more than coincidental and
is highly irregular for a prosecuting official to
meet privately with a potential defendant—or husband
of a potential defendant.
“Wonder who’s jet they met on? Did the AG go to
Bill’s jet? Wouldn’t that be particularly unusual?
Did Bill go over to the AG’s jet, and if so why
would the AG allow it and precipitate such a
conflict of interests?”
Here is confirmation that this meeting did occur:
There was a
half hour meeting on the AG’s plane. Watch the news
video from ABC 15:
Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of
the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for
Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and
Creators Syndicate. He has had many university
appointments. His internet columns have attracted a
worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are
of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution
of the West,
Neoconservative Threat to World Order.