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Paul Craig Roberts : biography

April 3, 1939 –

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist and a columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and was noted as a co-founder of Reaganomics.Roberts, Paul Craig (June 10, 2004). , National Review, 31 August 1992, Retrieved on February 27, 2010 He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy.

During the 21st century, Roberts has frequently published in Counterpunch, writing extensively about the effects of the Bush (and later Obama) administrations related to the war on terror, which he says have destroyed the US Constitution’s protections of Americans’ civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process. He has taken positions different from former Republican allies, opposing the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, and criticizing Israel’s policies and actions against the Palestinians.

Published works

He has written or co-written ten books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and published many articles in scholarly journals.

His writings have appeared on OpEdNews,,, CounterPunch, Global Research, Foreign Policy Journal and in foreign translation around the world, including Germany, Russia, and China.


  • Alienation and the Soviet Economy (1971, 1990) ISBN 0-8419-1247-5
  • Marx’s Theory of Exchange, Alienation, and Crisis (1973, 1983) ISBN 0-03-069791-3 Spanish language edition 1974
  • The Supply Side Revolution: An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington (1984) ISBN 0-674-85620-1 Chinese language edition, 2012.
  • Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy (1990) ISBN 0-932790-80-1
  • The Capitalist Revolution in Latin America (1997) ISBN 0-19-511176-1 Spanish language edition 1999
  • The New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy (1995) ISBN 0-89526-423-4
  • The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice (2000) ISBN 0-7615-2553-X New edition, 2008.
  • How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds (2010) ISBN 978-1-84935-007-5
  • Wirtschaft Am Abgrund (2012) ISBN 978-3-938706-38-1
  • Chile: Dos Visiones, La era Allende-Pinochet (2000) ISBN 956-284-134-0




Roberts is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He was a post-graduate at the University of California, Berkeley and at Merton College, Oxford University. His first scholarly article (Classica et Mediaevalia) was a reformulation of "The Pirenne Thesis."

In Alienation and the Soviet Economy (1971), Roberts explained the Soviet economy as the outcome of a struggle between inordinate aspirations and a refractory reality. He argued that the Soviet economy was not centrally planned, but that its institutions, such as material supply, reflected the original Marxist aspirations to establish a non-market mode of production. In Marx’s Theory of Exchange (1973), Roberts argued that Marx was an organizational theorist whose materialist conception of history ruled out good will as an effective force for change.

From 1975 to 1978, Roberts served on the congressional staff. As economic counsel to Congressman Jack Kemp,The Bulletin, 30 January 1981, "Roberts nominated" he drafted the Kemp-Roth bill (which became the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981). He played a leading role in developing bipartisan support for a supply-side economic policy. Due to his influential 1978 article on tax burden for Harper’s,Paul Craig Roberts, "", Harper’s, March 1978 while economic counsel to Senator Orrin Hatch,Bruce Bartlett, Human Events, 28 January 2002, "’Rich’ Pay More Than What’s Fair.", 58(4), p. 14 the Wall Street Journal editor Robert L. Bartley offered him an editorial slot. He wrote for the WSJ until 1980.Paul Craig Roberts, Washington Times, 17 December 2003, "Two who made a difference" He was a senior fellow in political economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, then part of Georgetown University.