19 April 2013

David Cay Johnston: On Crony Capitalism, Control Frauds, and the Gods of Greed and Power

David Cay Johnston is an investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize.

Since 2009 he has been a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer who teaches the tax, property and regulatory law of the ancient world at Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management.

Why have you never heard of David Cay Johnston or his ideas before? Why is he almost never interviewed on the mainstream media.

Because in times of general deception, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. And we are in those times, and are caught in a credibility trap.

It is not the same as a coup d'état, but has many of the same appearances and characteristics.

It is the convergence of like minded kleptocrats and the amoral careerists who support whatever status quo that happens to exist. It is the banality of the willing functionary and the bureaucrat, and the inability of a moral center to withstand it.  

Neither austerity or stimulus will work until there is meaningful reform.