“The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.”
— Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
This stellar collection of Paul Craig Roberts’s essays dating from February 2014 explores the extreme dangers in Washington’s imposition of vassalage on other countries and Washington’s resurrection of distrust among nuclear powers, the very distrust that Reagan and Gorbachev worked to eliminate.
Roberts explains how the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 removed the only check on Washington’s ability to act unilaterally. The United States’s position as the sole remaining superpower led to the euphoric proclamation of “the end of history” and to Washington’s presumption of the victory of “American democratic-capitalism” over all other systems.
The neoconservatives became entrenched in successive American administrations, both Republican and Democratic. Their ideology of U.S. global hegemony—the doctrine that no other power will be allowed to arise that could constrain U.S. unilateral action—has become a foundational premise of U.S. foreign policy and has led to reckless intervention in Ukraine and an irresponsible assault on Russian national interest.
In pursuit of hegemony, Washington has expanded NATO to Russia’s border, instigated “color revolutions” in former constituent parts of the Soviet Union, announced a “pivot to Asia” to encircle China, orchestrated a coup in Ukraine, demonized Putin, and imposed warlike sanctions against Russia. These reckless and irresponsible actions have brought back the risk of nuclear war.
This succession of events has impelled Roberts—following an illustrious career in government, journalism and academia—to perform the clarifying function abandoned by the mainstream media of examining the agendas at work and the risks entailed. His insightful commentary is followed all over the world. In February 2015, Roberts was invited to address a major International conference in Moscow hosted by Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State Institute of International Relations, where he delivered the address which is the title of this book.
In Roberts’s assessment, Washington’s drive for hegemony is not only unnecessary but unrealistic and filled with peril for Americans and the world at large. This book is a call to awareness that ignorance and propaganda are leading the world toward unspeakable disaster.
Softcover, 308 pages
About the Author
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury in the Reagan administration, associate editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week, the Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has testified before Congress on 30 occasions. He was awarded the U.S. Treasury’s Meritorious Service Award as well as the French Legion of Honor by the Mitterrand government. Dr. Roberts has held academic appointments in six universities, including Stanford and the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown.