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Democracy Sold Out to Greed
While the “free Western media” cheers, the Western “democratic” governments sell out the peoples of the Western world to corporate tyranny
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John Massaria has turned my interview with Julian Charles into a video.

The video helps me to bring home that “Western democracy” is a sham, a total lie.

Every Western government and Washington’s Asian vassal states are totally under the control of private corporations and private interest groups. The corporations govern, and they are in the process of institutionalizing their governance with the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Partnerships. The purpose of these “partnerships” is to make global corporations higher than the laws of the “sovereign” countries in which they do business.

Anything, whether law, rule, regulation, or moral principle that interferes with corporate profits is outlawed as “a resraint on trade.”

Western civilization is over and done with. Nothing remains except historical achievements that are no longer understood or appreciated.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Media, Free Trade 
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  1. Realist says:

    “The video helps me to bring home that “Western democracy” is a sham, a total lie.”

    All democracies end with abject corruption. Letting idiots vote ends in ruin.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  2. Like the social structure it evolved from – the alpha male social hierarchy – government is a tool to transfer resources through force or threat of force. As a process, it acts to decivilize, which most everyone interprets as civilizing since it is only compared to nature red in tooth and claw, and not to a society without the savagery of government or nature. Such is the power of genes and the limit of intelligence.

    All governments are functionally the same and all should have a generic name: Idiocracy.

  3. Why don’t you switch on a few neurons Mr Roberts and give up the extravagant credit destroying rhetoric. Your Jeremiad on Western civilisation may be understandable as an expression of your emotions when you view the sad state of American politics but it doesn’t suggest anything of substance except that you are suffer from typical American imperial insularity and don’t actually know or care much about the rest of the world.

    Presumably your use of words is not entirely that of Humpty Dumpty and you can be taken as bound sufficiently by ordinary rules of English usage to be saying when you use the word “sham” that the Western democracies aren’t really democracies at all.

    You can of course make your case by so defining democracy that it is impossible to meet the conditions of the definition. Thus you might hark back to Athens where male citizens gathered and voted directly for laws and actions and judgments. That could be pretty unsatisfactory for 49 per cent even of voting male citizens but, if democracy is to be allowed to be at least possible then Athens had a kind of democracy.

    Where the conditions of modern states are quite different and one has to look to what essential features there might be to allow us to identify some polities in the modern world as democracies it is no use being unrealistic about the chances of the average citizen having any influence or seeing his policy preferences adopted by government.

    Can we realisticslly demand of democracy that it achieve more than the holding of honest elections where, with minor aberrations, the votes of a majority of adults can oust the incumbent holders of the legislative and executive power within a few years of dissatisfaction setting in?

    It is fair to require too that the voters can be presented with a fair range of candidates covering most contentious points and policies; and that money will not be able to buy the outcome or even limit the range of outcomes so the voters get nothing like the range of choice that would satisfy their desire for a free and honest election.

    I understand that you might say that the US was now lacking those essential features of democracy. But what do you know of Australia, New Zealand or Canada, not to mention Iceland, Ireland, Finland, the Chech Republic and quite a few others that makes you so dismissive of Western democracy that you say it no longer exists? If corporations now have influence even with left of centre governing parties it is because “it’s the economy stupid” still resonates with politiciansxand prosperous business is the key to that. Nothing sinister about that even if TPP and TIPP are of concern to many. But your most fallacious idea is that these controlling oligarchic corporates are in any way monolithic or even sing in the same choir.

  4. @Realist

    To quote the ancient Roman historian Tacitus: “The more corrupt the State, the more numerous the laws.”

    By that standard, the United States is pretty corrupt.

    • Agree: Realist
  5. America is in trouble, but people have overcome worse adversity. If the law becomes corrupt, people will simply abandon the law. I think foreigners are signing on to TPP because they don’t really expect to obey it. They will take all the benefits they can get, then simply refuse to enforce anything they don’t like. Let’s say the TTP dispute goes against them, who will enforce it? Who has the power to go into another nation and make them do anything? Will there be a Boston Tea Party against GMO and the like? What about the right of Eminent Domain? That is a constitutional provision. Can TPP contravene the US Constitution? What about America’s indigenous legal system? Will they meekly stand aside and let international arbitration take over their turf?

    Then, there are things moving in the other direction, the rise of strong encryption, the battle to control new currency/clearing technologies. Can corporations create their own money? Corporate CryptoScript? If so, why bother with nations at all.

    What about disputes between corporations? For example, say one corporation funded by the government develops a technology that harms the profits of another corporation. Who will settle disputes between an indigenous corporation and a foreign one?

    Anyway, when people start to get upset, it won’t be too hard to throw a spanner in the works.

  6. Rehmat says:

    Democracy, like the other slogans such as human rights, freedom, justce, gender equality, etc. – has been corrupted so much by the elites that they have all lost their original meanings. Interestingly, Muslims make the largest minority groups in the US, India and Israel – but they’re the most persecuted ones in those countries. American writer Stephen Lendman wrote: “Is it less true for America or in how Israel treats Muslims, many its own citizens yet denied virtually all rights afforded to Jews, and in Palestine none under military occupation.” Indian writer Arundhati Roy compared Hindu right wing (Hindutva) persecution of Muslims in India to Hitler’s persecution of Jews. She asks: “What kind of India they want? A limbless, headless, soulless torso bleeding under the butcher’s clever with a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart?”

    In the US, no political leader can dream of working for the interests of his own country. They all compete with each other to prove to the Israel lobby groups (AIPAC, ADL, AJC, etc.) that he/she can look after the interests of a foreign country (Israel) better than his/her opponents. Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has pulled the mask from the US democratic charade: “There are many Members of Congress who wants to be free. I am one of them. I wanted to be free to vote according to my conscience, but I had been told that if I did not sign a pledge supporting the military superiority of Israel, no support would come my way. And sure enough, I did not sign the pledge and no support came my way. I suffered silently year in and year out, because I refused to sign the pledge. An then like a slave that found a way to buy his freedom – I went to work – I wanted to be free – Free to cast the vote in US Congress as I saw fit and not as I was dictated to…..” – Cynthia McKinney.

    Former Israeli cabinet minister, Shalamit Aloni, wrote in Ha’aretz (May 9, 2009): “Sadly, Israel is no longer democratic. There’s a state and no equality of rights. Democracy exists but only in the formal sense: There are parties and elections and a good judicial system. But there is also an omnipotent army that ignores legal decisions that restrict the theft of land and owned by people who have been living under occupation for the past 42 years. And since 1992, it means an ethnocracy in which gentiles (non-Jewish citizen) are considered donkeys.”

    http://rehmat1.com/2010/01/16/it-is-not-a-democracy-stupid/

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