The Collapse of Western Democracy

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 democratic outcomes.

The people chose, but their choice is unacceptable to the establishment which intends to substitute its choice for the people’s choice.

Do you 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.

Curious, isn’t it, that a woman has now appeared who claims Trump raped her when she was 13 years old.

Consider 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 people.

The view 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.”

The Western 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 illegitimate.

Washington 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 its achievement.

The Federal 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 name only.

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 their governments.

Consider 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 French people.

The French government, of course, represents corporations, not the French people.

The 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 peoples?

Consider 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.

Consider 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.

One wonders how long before all Western peoples conclude that only a French Revolution complete with guillotine can set them free.

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Contributed by Paul Craig Roberts of Institute for Political Economy.

About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Paul 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. Visit his web site at the Institute for Political Economy.

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  • JohnDille

    THE WORLD HAS LITTLE USE FOR SELF CENTERED CYNICS LIKE YOURSELF! YOU ARE LIKE AN OLD LIBRARY BOOK THAT NO ONE HAS EVER READ…. BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING IN THAT OLD BOOK WORTH READING. SOME SELF IMPORTANT CRITIC MIGHT HAVE PRAISED THAT OLD BOOK WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT, BUT THE MASSES HAVE SPOKEN…. THAT OLD BOOK IS TRULY WORTHLESS!!!

  • daniel1154

    Realitive few for benefit of those at the top is socialism. Fascism and communism. All the same thing. Left wing thuggery.

  • JohnDille

    BY LONG ESTABLISHED… WELL OVER 200 YEARS… DEFINITION… ALL AUTHORITARIAN… DICTATORIAL… TYRANNICAL SYSTEMS… INCLUDING FASCISM… ARE DEFINED TO BE RIGHT WING… ESTABLIUSHED AND OPERATED BY THE RELATIVE FEW… FOR THE SOLE BENEFIT OF THOSE AT THE TOP. THUS, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS… BY DEFINITION… RIGHT WING, AND TENDS TOWARD FASCISM!!! OF COURSE, YOU WOULD KNOW THAT IF YOU HAD MANAGED TO PASS A 4TH GRADE CIVICS CLASS. BUT YOU CLEARLY DID NOT!

  • Joe Cabot

    There are no agents of change running for office. Nothing but grifters who want to keep the status quo in the hopes that they can line their pockets for as long as they can con the electorate into providing them with enough votes.

  • daniel1154

    Fascism is left wing because it promotes a big and powerful state, and limits individual rights.

  • JohnDille

    EVER STOP TO THINK THAT YOU… AND THE ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL AMERICANS WHO SIT ON THE FENCE… NEVER TAKING SIDES… ARE THE HERD THUNDERING TOWARD THE CLIFF?? LEMMINGS DRIVEN BY APATHY TO THEIR DOOM! MEANWHILE, THE NATION LURCHES EVER FURTHER TOWARD THE RIGHT, AND TOWARD THE FASCIST TYRANNY THAT THE RIGHT ALWAYS REPRESENTS. BUT THE LEMMINGS SIT SILENTLY BY… WATCHING THE NATION HEAD IN THE WRONG DIRECTION… BUT ARE TOO GUTLESS AND TO STUPID TO EVEN TRY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT! ALL THEY WOULD NEED TO DO IS TO STEP UP AND VOTE FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO CHANGE… THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF FOLKS LIKE THAT IN EVERY ELECTION…. BUT THE GUTLESS BRAINLESS LEMMINGS JUST TWIDDLE THIR THUMBS… AND THINK THEMSELVES WISE FOR DOING SO!!! WHAT A PATHETIC BUNCH OF BRAINLESS SHEEP AND GUTLESS WONDERS!!!

  • JohnDille

    POOR JOE CABOT… JUST POUTING ON THE FENCE! IGNORED BY ALL,,, IRRELEVANT TO ALL!!! AND YET SOMEHOW BELIEVING THAT HIS POUTING ON THE FENCE WILL SOMEHOW MAGICAL;LY CHANGE THINGS!!! I GUESS THAT THAT IS WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM SELF CENTERED FOLKS WHO LIVE IN THEIR OWN LITTLE SHELTERED FANTASY WORLD!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    I have never asked anyone to take my views seriously. Actually, I hope that the majority continues on the path that the two-party system is creating. History has proven numerous times that the herd continues to go in the wrong direction, and my guess is that the democrat/republican mafia will be another example of group-think gone wrong.

  • JohnDille

    MAYBE AFTER YOU GET OUT OF KINDERGARTEN, THEY WILL TEACH YOU ABOUT ADOLPH HITLER AND SADDAM HUSSEIN AND TOJO AND MUSOLINI AND STALIN AND MAO… REAL FASCISTS… AND ALL RIGHT WINGERS JUST LIKE YOU AND YOUR HERO TRUMP!!!

  • daniel1154

    Nobody could be more of a fascist than Obama.

  • JohnDille

    MAYBE SOMEDAY YOU WILL COME UP OUT OF YOUR GRANDMOTHERS BASEMENT AND GO OUT AND MIX WITH REAL HONEST TO GOD HUMAN BEINGS! PERHAPS THEN YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE THE REAL WORLD AS IT ACTUALLY IS. UNTIL THEN…. YOU HAVE NOT GOT A CLUE ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL… MOST ESPECIALLY ABOUT POLITICS OR REAL WORLD ECONOMICS! AND AS LONG AS THAT REMAINS TRUE…. WHY SHOULD ANYONE TAKE YOUR PETULANT AND CHILDISH VIEWS SERIOUSLY??? I MOST CERTAINLY DO NOT! AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, YOU ARE JUST SOME SELF CENTERED LITTLE BOY WHINING AND ANGRY BECAUSE THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES NOT KISS YOUR REAR END AND BEHAVE AND THINK LIKE YOU WANT THEM TO!!! JOE CABOT… JUST ANOTHER ADOLPH HITLER WANNABE!!! ONLY FAR TOO DUMB AND SELF CENTERED AND LAZY TO EVER SUCCEED AT THAT!!!

  • JohnDille

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    I don’t think many people do believe that. The checks and balances built into the system will restrict him in a number of ways. What most anti-Trump people are concerned about are less his powers than his attitudes and behavior. His overt racism will alienate many of America’s allies overseas — allies that, whether he and his supporters believe it or not, the USA needs. He shoots from the hip and lies constantly, and then when he’s called on it, shrugs it off or pretends he never said it. This may not matter to his supporters, but that doesn’t work in international diplomacy. People will remember. Nobody will trust him.

    He has no idea how to get along with Congress, because all he knows about leadership is shouting at people and suing people. A president cannot do either to Congress.

    Domestically, he will achieve nothing; internationally, he will do more damage than George W. Bush, and that’s saying something.

  • daniel1154

    Donald Trump created businesses and employed people. Clinton has never worked a day in her life and is a leech living off the taxpayer.

  • JohnDille

    DONALD TRUMP IS A CAREER CRIMINAL, AND BELOMNGS IN PRISON, NOT THE WHITE HOUSE. OF COURSE, THAT SAME THING APPLIES TO MOST BIG NAME REPUBLICANS. AND MOST SMALL NAME REPUBLICANS, AS WELL!!!

  • daniel1154

    Hillary Clinton is a career criminal. She belongs in prison, and not the white house.

  • Joe Cabot

    Of course you sound like a typical republican. This has been my point for months. You and the libs certainly don’t own a monopoly on screaming and screeching. Both wings of the Big Government Party are infested with tantrum tossing loudmouths. Thus the reason that many of us have opted out of the nonsense, instead choosing to sit back and watch and mock the sideshow that is democrat/republican politics.

  • Johanna Lipford

    Just to note that England is, practically speaking, a republic (even though it preserves some of the forms of a monarchy) like the United States, France, Germany and so on. this means, that the people elect men to do their business while seeing to their best interests. And this means that the man elected does NOT poll his electors to find out what they think he should do, but votes for laws that, in his opinion, and on the basis of his own research and thought in the matter, will conduce to the best interests of his electors. To repeat: there are no “Western democracies”. They are all republics.
    — Johanna

  • JohnDille

    MOST PRESIDENTS HAVE COME TO REGARD THE WHITE HOUSE AS A PRISON!!! YOU ARE STUCK THERE FOR 4 TO 8 YEARS…. UNLESS SOME DERANGED RIGHT WINGER… AND THERE ARE ALOT OF THOSE… MURDERS YOU…. AND FROM DAY ONE, EVERY POLITICAL ENEMY THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY HAVE WILL ATTACK YOU AND LIE ABOUT YOU AND SLANDER YOU AND DO ALL THEY CAN TO MAKE YOUR LIFE MISERABLE!!! HILLARY CLINTON WOULD PROBABLUY PREFER TO END UP IN JAIL! THEN THE WHOLE VAST RIGHT WING HATE MACHINE WILL NOT BE AIMED AT HER 24/7/365…. LIKE IT HAS BEEN FOR THE PAST 35 TO 40 YEARS OR SO!!! AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE HAPPY BASHING TRUMP AND SPREADING LIES AND BALONEY ABOUT HIM… BECAUSE CLINTON WOULD NOT BE AROUND ANYMORE!!!

  • JohnDille

    SO…. YOU ARE SAYING THAT I SOUND LIKE YOUR TYPICAL AVERAGE REPUBLICAN??? AND THUS YOU ARE ALSO SAYING THAT YOU REPUBLICANS DO NOT LIKE A SMALL TASTE OF THE GALLONS OF YOUR RIGHT WING MEDICINE THAT YOU CRAM DOWN OUR LIBERAL THROATS 24/7/365/FOREVER??? I GUESS THAT YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO LEARN TO DEAL WITH IT! THIS LIBERAL IS SICK AND TIRED OF YOU RIGHT WINGER CRIMINALS AND TRAITORS SPEWING YOUR ENDLESS LIES AND LIBELS AND SLANDERS…. AND WHEN I SEE ANY OPPORTUNITY TO THROW SOME OF YOUR VOMIT BACK AT YOU… I WILL TAKE IT!!!

  • daniel1154

    Hillary is more likely to go to jail than the white house

  • JohnDille

    WHOOPIE… WHAT DID HE GET… 10 OR 12% OF THE TOTAL ELECTORATE??? WHAT A LANDSLIDE! MAYBE HE WILL GET LUCKY AND MATCH THAT IN NOVEMBER!!! SO HILLARY WILL ONLY STOMP HIM 3 OR 4 TO 1!!! HE MIGHT EVEN BEAT THE THIRD PARTY LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE!!! OF COURSE, THOSE LOSERS ALWAYS GET BEAT!

  • Joe Cabot

    You rant and rave at the authors of these articles, at republicans, at posters who don’t agree with you, and many times at libs who have the audacity to not be as far left as you. You toss childish insults around here freely. You call people names for posting something that doesn’t fit your view of the world. You make accusations that you cannot support. You make claims of personal achievements which are obviously bs and get angry when someone asks you so support said claims. And you do all of this using capital letters and an excess of exclamation points. This, comrade, is screaming and screeching in the cyber-world.

  • daniel1154

    IT’S OFFICIAL: DONALD TRUMP Breaks Bush Record With Most Votes Ever for Republican Primary Candidate

    Jim Hoft May 17th, 2016 10:39 pm 212 Comments

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    With his win tonight in the State of Oregon along with previous victories throughout the country, Donald J. Trump broke George W. Bush’s record with the most votes won by any Republican Primary Candidate in party history.

  • JohnDille

    REALITY TO DANIEL…. TRUMP HAS PROBABLY GOT FEWER TOTAL PRIMARY VOTES THAN ANY REPUBLICAN NOMINEE IN THE LAST 36 YEARS!!! HECK… SANDERS PROBABLY GOT MORE TOTAL VOTES THAN TRUMP DID!!! I KNOW THAT SANDERS AND CLINTON BOTH GOT MORE VOTES THAN TRUMP DID IN NUMEROUS STATES!!! BUT… WHATEVER…. TRUMP WILL GET DUMPEDBY THE REPUBLICANS LATER THIS MONTH…. AND EVEN IF HE DOES NOT… HE IS GOING TO GET HIS HEAD HANDED TO HIM IN NOVEMBER!!! THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH IDIOTS IN ALL OF AMERICA TO ELECT TRUMP PRESIDENT!!! PEOPLE AS STUPID AS YOU ARE REPRESENT A FAIRLY SAMLL MINORITY OF ALL AMERICANS… ITS JUST THAT ALL THOSE IDIOTS ARE CLUSTERED IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…. AND THEY ALL HAVE MOTUTHS EVEN BIGGER THAN THEIR EGOES… AND THUS SEEM FAR MORE NUMEROUS THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE!!! SORT OF LIKE A FEW HOWLER MONKEYS IN A ZOO SEEM NUMEROUS, BECAUSE THEY ARE SUCH LOUD HOWLERS!!! RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS… JUST A NOISY BUNCH OF PARROTS AND HOWLER MONKEYS… AND TRUMP IS THEIR HERO BECAUSE HE IS LOUDER THAN ALL OF THEM PUT TOGETHER!!!

  • daniel1154

    Earth to Dillie. Trump got more votes than any Republican primary candidate in history. Many were disaffected Democrats who can’t stomach Clinton or Sanders.

  • JohnDille

    NO…. THE REPUBLICANS ALWAYS RIG ELECTIONS AND NOMINATIONS! THEY JUST GOT CAUGHT WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN THIS TIME AROUND, BY A BILLIONAIRE WHO HAS BEEN A MASTER MANIPULATOR AND CON ARTIST FOR THE LAST 50 PLUS YEARS OR SO… PROBABLY EVEN LONGER THAN THAT. NO ONE FALLS FOR A CON MORE COMPLETELY THAN A CON ARTIST…. AND TRUMP TURNED THE TABLE ON THE REPUBLICAN SCAM MACHINE!!! THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR A LAUGH…. IF IT WAS NOT SO VERY POSSIBLE THAT HE WILL SCAM HIS WAY INTO THE WHITE HOUSE…. MOSTLY BY TOTALLY MANIPULATING THE MEDIA!!! HE SEEMS TO BE A TRUE MASTER AT THAT!!! ALL OTHER REPUBLICANS ARE JUST WANNABE MANIPULATORS AND SWINDLERS… TRUMP IS THE REAL DEAL!!! WHICH IS WHY YOU WILL VOTE FOR HIM, AND PROBBLY EVEN TRY TO GET OTHERS TO VOTE FOR HIM!!! YOU ARE JUST A NATURAL BORN PATSY AND GULLIBLE PUPPET!!!

  • JohnDille

    I DO NOT SCREAM AND SCREECH… EXCEPT AT MY COMPUTER WHEN IT DECIDES TO ACT LIKE A JACK WIPE REPUBLICAN!!! ITS JUST THAT SELF CENTERED ARROGANT FOLKS LIKE YOU AND YOUR REPUBLICAN PUPPET BUDDIES THINK I AM ANGRY AND LOUD!!! THAT IS DONALD TRUMP THAT YOU ARE TINKING OF… NOT ME!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Don’t suppose that you grasp the irony of you accusing others of screaming and screeching.

  • daniel1154

    Are you off your meds again Dillie? The Republican party is trying to deny him the nomination at this point because they didn’t fix the process in the beginning like the Democrats did.

  • Jon

    Yes. The previous commentor proves the point.

  • JohnDille

    REPUBLICANS RIGGED THEIR POLITIAL PROCESS TO GET DONALD TRUMP… BUT ALL THOSE OTHER REPUBLICANS DID NOT GET THE MESSAGE!!! I GUESS REPUBLICANS ARE JUST CLUELESS GITS… AND DANIEL PRETTY MUCH PROVES THAT!!!

  • daniel1154

    The Democrats rigged their process to crown the career criminal Hillary Clinton.
    Only crazy Bernie didn’t get the message.

  • JohnDille

    AH, YES… COME TO THIS SITE, FOLKS, AND LISTEN TO RIGHT WINGERS SCREAM AND SCREECH ABOUT HOW BAD THINGS ARE!!! THOSE DANG LIBERALS AND OTHER SENSIBLE FOLKS JUST WILL NOT LISTEN TO US RIGHT WINGERS LIE AND TWIST THE TRUTH… AND THAT IS SO UNFAIR!!! SO… NOW…. RIGHT WINGERS LIKE THE DIMWIT WHO WROTE THE ARTICLE ABOVE ARE WHINING THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE GOING TO DUMP DONALD TRUMP… WHO GOT ELECTED FAIR AND SQUARE WITH… WHAT… 5 TO 10% OF THE VOTE OF THE TOTAL ELECTORATE??? IF EVEN CLOSE TO THAT!!!! REPUBLICANS ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE THAT DONALD T. RUMP IS GOING TO BE A TOTAL ELECTORAL DISASTER, AND NOW… THEY ARE DOWN TO 3 WEEKS TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO ABOUT THAT!!! DUMP TRUMP AND TAKE THEIR CHANCES ON SOMEONE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT… OR GO WITH TRUMP, AND MOST LIKELY, GET TOTALLY SLAUGHTERED IN NOVEMBER!!! HANGED IF YOU KEEP TRUMP…. DANGED IF YOU DUMP HIM!!! WE DEMOCRATS ARE TOTALLY DISINTERESTED IN ALL OF THAT…. NOT!!! BUT IT SHOULD BE ENTERTAINING AS ALL GET OUT….. UNLESS IT LOOKS LIKE TRUMP… OR ANY OTHER REPUBLICAN… IS GOING TO WIN. THEN IT WILL BE AS SCARY AS ALL GET OUT… BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO SUPPORT REPUBLICAN IDIOTS CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT, NOR CAN WE KEEP SUPPORTING ALL THOSE REPUBLICAN DEAD BEATS WHO ONLY VOTE REPUBLICAN BECAUSE THEIR BILLIONAIRE REPUBLICAN MASTERS GIVE THEM SO MANY GOODIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT TILL!!!