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All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone

by Myra MacPherson

Myra governmentWinner, Ann M. Sperber award for Best Biography, 2007.

Finalist, PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, 2007.

Boston Globe’s Best Nonfiction of 2006

Rocky Mountain News Best Book of 2006

Booklist, American Library Association: One of top 10 books, mid-2006 to mid-2007.

"If you want to know what journalism was before its job became entertainment, and if you want to know how journalists lived before they became courtiers, Myra MacPherson's biography of Izzy Stone is the book to read."

—Martin Kaplan, USC Annenberg School for Communication

"I.F. Stone is a name unfamiliar to many, perhaps most, university students. Myra MacPherson's information-filled biography would remedy that gap. At least as important, reading about the techniques Stone used to become a great investigative journalist and a great citizen patriot would surely inspire students to become engaged in society."

— Steven Weinberg, author, professor at University of Missouri school of journalism, former director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

"This is a superb biography of an extraordinary man. It is almost impossible to understand the mid-20th century without understanding the work, the life and the milieu of Izzy Stone."

—Roger Wilkins, award winning author and Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, George Mason University

"A Voice, A Brain and a Notebook. The best blogger ever died in 1989 at the age of 81. That's the conclusion I reached reading Myra MacPherson's wonderful biography of the great rebel journalist, I.F. Stone. The newspapers of his era could have learned a lot from Stone, as MacPherson--herself an accomplished Washington journalist--so effectively chronicles."

—Dan Froomkin, The Neiman Reports, Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, review from

"At last! Myra MacPherson has offered us the definitive life and times of the most independent journalist of our epoch-I.F. Stone. Known as Izzy, he revealed to us in his tiny four-page weekly not the "objectivity9quot; of the Official Word but a hard truth from the bottom up. A classic: it is mandatory for all young journalists."

"Myra MacPherson is a brilliant writer who has written a great book--"All Governments Lie" about a journalistic idol--Izzy Stone. Would that he were alive today to lead our country to its greatest ideals again."

—Helen Thomas, Hearst newspapers columnist

"An impassioned book about a passionate man living through years of fire and fear, who fought cowardice with courage. MacPherson's I. F. Stone is a dramatic biography with a happy ending, the story of a man who became an outcast for his ideals and lived to receive the applause of those who once shunned him.”

—Nicholas von Hoffman, author of A Devil's Dictionary of Business

"The right book at the right time. It is not only the fascinating story of an American original, it is a sophisticated history of what went wrong between American journalism and American government."

—Richard Reeves, author of President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination

“I loved every page of this book. My God, what fabulous stories – newspaper stories, political stories, world history and the greatest tabloid there ever was, all crammed into one life. And above all what a hero -- indomitable, learned, funny and fearless. I learned more stuff I didn’t know – that Izzy Stone solved the murder of George Polk, that when his paper told him he couldn’t cover the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, he quit and hitchhiked to Boston. What a combination of integrity and learning. He really did have a wonderful time. Now is the time for all good journalists to read this book and remember what it is all about.”

—Molly Ivins, author of Who Let the Dogs I n

"Izzy Stone comes as close to living up to the rhetoric of free speech and a free press as anyone in the 20th century. His story is told here in the context of rich history of his time. This book is an important contribution to the current debate about the future and the nature of journalism and why the public as well as journalists should be involved in that debate."

—Bill Kovach, Chairman, The Committee of Concerned Journalists

“Stone remains enormously relevant today, in an era of too much journalistic acquiescence. A newspaperman for decades, he became ‘an eclectic craftsman,’ with a reformist and intellectual bent…9rsquo;Izzy,9rsquo;as he was called, emerges as a challenging, complex fellow, an ebullient workaholic. But his legacy was earned by a willingness to read documents in depth and apply his eclectic, passionate intelligence—and MacPherson brings all this to life in this terrific and timely book.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“MacPherson is fearless herself in considering such contradictions as a muckraking millionaire, delivering a welcome and readable study of the influential journalist, ever missed.”

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This biography interweaves [Stone’s] life and journalism within the context of the social and political era, providing an engaging overview of a complex man who challenged his contemporaries. Many of the political issues Stone confronted will resonate with today's readers.”

Library Journal, starred review

“MacPherson's book is highly recommended partly for the breadth and depth of her research about the public and private Stone. It is also remarkable for its hybrid nature…a biography with an unusually rich context.”

“[A] sweeping biography. All Governments Lie skillfully covers not just the details of Stone’s life but also how his career fit into the evolution of alternative journalism.”

“9hellip;timely. As MacPherson documents in this valuable book, [Stone’s] life’s work was not only advocating liberal causes but also exposing government lies and deceits, and attacking attempts by the government to intimidate and silence its critics. Her work is not only a biography of Stone but a detailed history of government attempts to manipulate public opinion through much of the twentieth century.”

—Columbia Journalism Review

“Myra MacPherson's lovely biography of the man, All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone, is ideally timed for the moment when reporters in Washington are once again rightly (and too late) flailing themselves….I am utterly sure that the recent allegations from the crackpot, Ann Coulterish right, of his having been on the KGB payroll is false. MacPherson rips the ‘evidence9rsquo; of these people to shreds.”

—Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair

“Ms. MacPherson’s biography affords a more nuanced view of Stone’s long career. Despite her undisguised admiration—and her sympathy for Stone’s anti-anti-communist position – she doesn’t pass over or sugarcoat his book on the Korean war…Among the more engaging parts of “All Governments Lie!” is Ms. MacPherson’s account of Stone’s early career. He seemed born to the newspaper trade in the way Heifitz was born to the fiddle.”

—The Wall Street Journal

“In All Governments Lie!: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone, former Washington Post reporter Myra MacPherson has not only done a splendid job of profiling Stone but has weaved into her narrative a penetrating social and political history of the times in which he lived.”

“As the likewise eminent Myra MacPherson shows in her new book, All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone, the little pariah in suit and tie took on the nation's worst foreign enemies (Hitler, Stalin) as well as its own mendacious leaders, and carved out a piece of the American dream for his family in the process. Scholar, author, gadfly, entrepreneur, the I.F. Stone so vividly celebrated in MacPherson's book made a success, even a celebrity, of himself by remaining an outsider.”

“Radical journalist I.F. Stone spent his career challenging government deception and press complicity. This new biography shows why his legacy matters.

[A] wonderful new biography. MacPherson devoted more than a decade to creating this biography with exceptional rigor, devotion and fairness. Much as Stone might have done, she sets his tale in richly detailed context, with a proper emphasis on his maverick stance against the establishment press.”

“MacPherson is tireless and engaging in making her claim for Stone as a sui generis muckraker.”

“ [A] lively, refreshing biography of oh-that-we-could-clone-him Stone. In this intensely partisan time, Stone's example is both useful and attainable…A new generation needs details about Eugene V. Debs, H. L. Mencken , and George Seldes, and a volume impressive enough to be required reading in American journalism classes. MacPherson succeeds with a breadth and depth of detail that would make her subject cackle with delight.”

“Myra MacPherson's All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone is a work equal to its subject -- carefully and thoroughly reported, keenly thought out, by turns judicious and appropriately sympathetic. One of the admirable things about McPherson's biography is the way in which it does equal justice to Stone's life and his work. One of MacPherson's singular contributions in her book is to reconnect Stone to the indigenous American tradition of radical journalism that begins with muckrakers.”

“MacPherson has written a biography under the Stone-quoting title 'All Governments Lie,'" in order to demonstrate that Stone and his journalistic achievements do have something to offer. the relevance to our own time is hard to escape, given our own recent experiences with disastrous policies, official mendacities and a sometimes error-prone and manipulated press." ; "MacPherson. paints the political landscape in which Stone came of age. " ; “'All governments lie,' Stone’s maxim, ought to be plastered across every journalist’s desk.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Thorough and honest.”

“MacPherson lovingly recounts Stone's journalistic and political journey. The Stone that emerges in McPherson's pages is charismatic and aggravating, endearing and insufferable.”

“Despite its size, this book is not a door stop—it9rsquo;s a brain stop. Read it and learn. "

“The book acknowledges Izzy the iconoclast's minor shortcomings and vanities even as it celebrates and captures his prescience, his independence, his moral perspective ("He had no master but his conscience", his humor, and his gift for the apt phrase. Her impressive book, 16 years in the making, draws on but goes far beyond the two previous Stone volumes. All Governments Lie! makes everlastingly clear that the last thing I.F. Stone would ever be arrested for is serving as anybody's agent but his own."

—Victor Navasky, Woodrow Wilson Quarterly

“Lively and well-researched. More than a biography, it's a study of the press and government.”

“A refreshing, comprehensive life of the one-man truth battalion.”

“A book filled with fascinating stories from those who both revered and criticized Stone.”

This look at the legendary newsman who routinely mined news embedded deep in government documents captures Stone's zest for the business and his bravery in persevering, despite years of being shadowed by the FBI.

"If you want to know what journalism was before its job became entertainment, and if you want to know how journalists lived before they became courtiers, Myra MacPherson's biography of Izzy Stone is the book to read."

—Martin Kaplan, USC Annenberg School for Communication

"The book on Izzy is first rate! A terrific read, well written and well organized."

—James R. Dickenson, author of We Few: The Marine Corps 400 in the War Against Japan

“Where is Izzy Stone when we need him? His spirit is back in ‘All Governments Lie,’ a powerful, passionate biography of the courageous writer who defied Official Washington and inspired several generations of journalists. Myra MacPherson, a pioneer in the art of cutting-edge profiles, is brilliant in evoking his life and times.”

“Thanks to Myra MacPherson, we finally have a nuanced and sophisticated biography of one of the great legends of American journalism. One can only hope that it wakes up some of the lapdog reporters in today’s Washington press corps and reminds them, as I.F. Stone taught us during the Cold War, that ‘all governments lie.’9rdquo;

—Craig Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud

Federal Government Creates New Retirement Savings Option: MyRA

In his 2014 State of the Union message, President Obama announced a new retirement savings program for people who do not currently have an employer-sponsored plan. The new investment product, called myRA, is a starter savings account aimed at low- and middle- income workers.

Similar to a Roth IRA, the myRA accounts will allow workers to invest money after tax and withdraw the money in retirement tax-free. Unlike a Roth IRA, however, the savings will be backed up by U.S. Treasury bonds, so investors will never lose their principal investments. The accounts, which are voluntary, will be available to married couples with modified adjusted gross incomes up to $191,000 and to individuals earning up to $129,000.

Workers can open a myRA with as little as a $25 investment. The plans will be funded through paycheck deductions with contributions as small as $5 at a time. Savers will earn variable interest on the accounts, and there are no fees. Contributions can be withdrawn at any time, although there may be a penalty for withdrawing earnings before age 59 1/2. Once a worker has saved $15,000, the saver must roll the account into a Roth IRA. In addition, the accounts last only 30 years, so at the end of that time the funds will have to be rolled into a Roth IRA, even if the $15,000 maximum hasn’t been reached.

Employees who switch jobs will be able to keep their myRA accounts without cashing them out. Workers would also be able to contribute to the same account from multiple part-time jobs. The new accounts will initially be offered through a pilot program with employers who choose to participate and should be available at the end of the year.

Some critics say the myRA initiative will do little to address the retirement savings gap because enrollment will not be automatic and contributions will be invested only in low-return Treasuries.

For the press release detailing the new myRA account, click here.

For more information about myRAs, click here and here.

For information about retirement planning, click here.

Jim Willie on MyRA: Gov’t Will Target Private Pension Funds Next!

Myra governmentIn his latest interview, the Golden Jackass discusses the Obama administration’s move to force retirement assets into the MyRA ponzi fund of toxic US Treasury bonds.

Willie states that the MyRA will be a forced government IRA and will include toxic Fannie Mae mortgage bonds, and like SD’s AGXIIK , he states that private pension funds will be targeted next!

31 thoughts on “ Jim Willie on MyRA: Gov’t Will Target Private Pension Funds Next! ”

The shear evilness of the MYRA is that it will most certainly force the younger generation into another government ponzi scheme while forcing them to continue to pay into the Social Security war chest which is being depleted more quickly than ever expected. The youngers will get a double whammy of taxes (SS and Medicare) to pay for the older generation, the Obamacare wealth redistribution insurance premiums, and then the MYRA fiasco which will quickly morph into another monstrosity of forced payments into increasing suspect and ultimately worthless government mandated retirement pools filled with toxic bonds. These will be disappeared just like the ‘trust fund’ that was originally set up for retirees. All private funds will spiral into the cavernous black hole of government insolvency.

I listen to the interview with Willie tomorrow to get his take on this evolving mess

The most evil part about it is that the majority of Americans are getting so damn poor now that they NEED to believe people like Obama … and with Private Banks being hammered so much for corruption, the masses are becoming even more receptive to the idea of GOVERNMENT INSURANCE of EVERYTHING … Yipes!

Many people who cannot see the Macro Economic reality of this MyRA scheme will think Obama is doing something purely benevolent … Hopium is addictive … but it only leads to pure Communism, but seemingly the American version which is incremental, not the old fashioned Bolshevik Revolution wham-bam method, but a slow steady diet of Hopium injections by trained actors on the Left and false impotent opposition by trained actors on the Right. Washington is quickly outstripping Hollywood as the Drama capitol of the world. Obama should have got an Oscar, not a Peace Prize.

I am more optimistic than that, AG. Just as the young folks are avoiding Obamunist Care in droves, so too will they avoid this MyRA BS. They also have a secret weapon that they can use against such things as MyRA… they do not have jobs, so cannot contribute to such a boondoggle, to SS, or to taxes in general. They have been created by the current regime in DC and they will be the regime’s undoing, mark my words. They will become an intractable pool of demands for benefits with no possible method of contributing to their funding. The Gov will, of course, fall all over themselves to get “free” money into these kid’s hands but with no hope of ever getting any taxes back from them. This is somewhat like a snake swallowing a bowling ball… they can’t barf it up, it’s too big to poop out, and it won’t digest, so they are well and truly f**ked. Good on ’em, says I.

Ed_B … “The Gov will, of course, fall all over themselves to get “free” money into these kid’s hands but with no hope of ever getting any taxes back from them”

“Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.”

“…The most evil part about it is that the majority of Americans are getting so damn poor now that they NEED to believe people like Obama …”

The start of the withdrawal of QE is the beginning of the end as liquidity dries up, the economy will further wither on the vine, and as tax receipts fall, the govco will have justification to steal retirements, and who knows what else isn’t nailed down… the stock market will fall and the economic confidence (what?) will decline precipitously and… Wile will fast approach the canyon floor. A SPLAT is in the future.

“Uh, oh, Ed … you’re forgetting plank number eight!”

Ed_B … “Indeed so, Pat. I have tried VERY hard to forget all about that intellectually vacuous crap”

The banksters are finding new and inventive ways of sloughing off mortgage backed securities and saddling the taxpayer with the financial burden. Jim Willie has a severe case of the Cassandra complex. Doggone just how much will the sheep let these guys get away with?

TIAA-CREF huh? HAAAAAhahahahaha So, it’s ‘Pay-Back Time’.

Typical. Intellectuals are very often the first ‘useful idiots’ to toss overboard.

Same intellectuals that in many cases helped the State lull the population into a State trusting subservient herd.

Who needs teachers when we have a Television and a Dear Leader?

When total tax payment on form 941 is submitted monthly, and including employer matching funds of Social Security, Social Security amounts to more money than Income Tax, in individuals earning under $50,000.00 per year. Which is a catagory most American`s find themselves in. The medicare payment is far below this.

Is that a parade or a circle jerk? Hard to tell in DC.

heard today gov is predicting a smaller workforce due to a lot of retirees with obamacare coming out, and due to those on the gov dole but close to thresholds refusing to work more at risk of losing gov benefits… i about drove into the ditch.

Yeah, Mike, things like that are difficult to hear when driving. Something else I heard was a replay of the audio clip where Obama repeats the stupidity that “The Affordable Care Act isn’t having any impact on employment, like a lot of folks said that it would”. WHAT? Is he insane? There are MANY stories coming out weekly if not daily about what this or that company is doing to their employees in order to avoid Obama Care. These are not just a few stories here and there but a massive and pervasive effort on the part of virtually ALL small and mid-sized business as well as some large businesses. Only someone who is completely mired in denial would offer such an idiotic statement that is so contrary to the facts.

MYRA is a Sick Debt Serf Stockholm Syndrome Socialist System set up by a Stasi government, fiscally, morally and psychologically bankrupt.

Our goverment is no different than any that came before it.

They craft FIAT honey traps for the unwary, start up the eastward-moving conveyor belt, transfering what little wealth the people accumulated, straight into the belly of the beast.

China gets it. Gold goes east where it’s appreciated Debt goes west.

There are ONLY TWO types of governments



Any other else is kiddie school

My take on Jim’s dissertation and MYRA

The MYRA holder, invested into 3% treasuries, forced or voluntary, with an 8% inflation world, is an investment killer—plain and simple. A desperate furtherance of the Empire of Debt that started hundreds of years ago.

We are DNA-enabled to believe in and obey our governments. That’s a genetic flaw that leads to death and despair.

MYRA tax burden is 50%.

MYRA is a FIAT-based false currency, created in debt, invested in debt with no end in sight.

This is the Federal Reserve equivalent of a Chinese laundry

Lather rinse and repeat

Throw in CEDE&CO and sooner or later you have ‘No tickee, No Treasury’

Ask any person holding a pension or pension bonds in Spain, Hungary and Poland how that worked out.

Einstein said the most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.

The MYRA is a fraudulently coerced and created wealth redistribution retirement plan. It is the ideal corrolary to Einstein’s statement

Create currency at interest at its source.

Distribute it through wages.

Extract 50% in taxes.

Extract MYRA funds, whether voluntary or via NDRP.

Invest in the same debt that created the same currency that forces compulsory MYRAs

Tax income from the MYRA at 50%.

At death the MYRA rotates to the government to extinguish the MYRA and its attached debt.

3% interest at source. 50% taxeson wages. 50% taxes on MYRA returns.

The MYRA interest is paid by more MYRA funding of UST debt.

Lather rinse and repeat

When things get serious, start lying. When things get really serious, start stealing

Things are getting really serious

When the government announces something like the MYRA, this is the tipping point.

Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly.

The poop is going to hit the fan soon. But not before the MYRA is fully in place

The government is in desperate need of our money.

MYRA is like a 1 trillion card version of 3 Card Monte.

Nope, nothing under that card.

Here’s another trillion cards. (Y)our money is somewhere in that pile.

“…Now, why would those with a printing press need OUR money?”

2.) The printing press creation has to show up as an offsetting liability on their books while money taken from the people directly is, essentially free and without the corresponding liability on this ledger. It’s why Bernanke’s helicopter couldn’t just fly over neighborhoods and drop FRN’s in the people’s yards. That money had to go into the banking system reserve maw… and, of course, the banks were bankrupt too, which offered a further inducement to forego making the people’s lawns just a little greener!

“…It is noteworthy that almost all of the VERY wealthy families in the US became rich in the years BEFORE an income tax was applied.”

That’s how the game was rigged at the time… when they implemented the graduated income tax. the elites forced their competitors to raise competing capital with the added burden of an income tax to hold them back while these elites created the Tax-free Foundations, The Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford and a few other foundations were all set up as tax dodges right as the income tax was passed to allow the crony-capitalist elites to scotch their profits away into these foundations tax-free and keep their competitors from ever being able to raise money on a par with them….

To add insult to injury, these bastards billed these foundations as charitable foundations good for the community in their grand spirit of giving…. to the causes that would help build the globalist one-world government momentum for the next 100 years! Bastards… but ‘clever’ bastards at that!

Admiral Ackbar invests in PMs.

MyRA? Only a fool would invest in it …. but then again the world has lots of fools ….

Fleece the sheeple… they won’t notice they are naked…

Sheeple: because some critters are BORN to be fleeced! lol

EdB I have a sense that the younger generation is sensible to a certain degree. But they are trapped in glue of personal debt, low wages, more government costs like Obamacare which will impose fines for non compliance. 35% of youngsters are still living with parents. 50-75% are doing jobs that don’t require a degree. If they see the trap and avoid it good for them. If they have no discretionary income they won’t buy into MYRA and Obamacare. The payroll deductions that are extracted from all workers and business owners is dropping, as noted by Jim Willie. The revolution that will occur and must be prevented or delayed, when SS and SSI goes broke due to an insufficient number of plantation tax gulag slaves to support it, makes the MYRA just another government confection that will cover up the disgrace of SS system.

Another Ponzi MYRA retirement funding scheme to paper over the last retirement Ponzi scheme.

Unlimited Printing is a great way to continue the paradigm so long as there is a conveyor belt of fresh young warm bodies to feed it. IMO that is one of the Matrix system that faces us. There are many ways a young person can get trapped in this Brea tar Pit of taxes. Owed or imputed taxes, fines, regulations, student loans, subprime auto loans, subprime mortgages being waved around to trap the unwary via the Fed’s purchase of the CCC- mortgage trances, are all ways to get the younger generation further trapped in the mesh of government control. The system must survive at the cost of the younger generation. Old vampires need fresh blood.

Legal marijuana is a growing trend that bodes well for the youth. A soporific that reduced motivation while the state extracts 25% tax rate on the MJ is a perfect example of this doping of the citizenry, making them more compliant while social media is worked behind the scenes by malevolent government agencies who can data sift every on-line account to judge and evaluate the individual thoughts, needs, desires and requirements of the younger generation.

This is a massive plan of control of a generation that should be rioting in the streets, throwing off the traces of government control Our youth used to engage in civil disobedience, rioting and protests to turn the course of the country. That can no longer be permitted. So the education system over the last 40 years was ramped up to thought control, rote indoctrination, big pharma drugs forced on kids, poor food choices, government debt, impoverishment of the parents, self serving teachers union, fol big city schools, student debt, the lure of big ticket jobs that never materialize and the crushing of the spirit by non-delivery of promises made to the kids by the entire establishment.

The young people in other countries are taking to the streets by the tens and hundreds of thousands, protesting violently against a system that has crushed the economy with debt and goverment control. Youth unemployment is 50-60% in other countries. It’s maybe 50% here.

The kids in this country are sitting by placidly, believing the promises of their slick talking’leaders’ that all will be good. Social Media dulls the senses and rides the theme of thought control, promising the younger generation will be freer by way of their electronic toys when those same toys are just another means to control their thoughts with mind control porn, vapid entertainment and the systematic processing of preferences through Angry Birds. Slavery is Freedom, or so the saying goes.

I think the government will soon see that the young people are not buying into MYRA. The mathematically challenged will not have the money to invest. The Illiterate will not buy into it because they can’t read. The thoughtful ones will shun it for the fiscal tar pit that it is. Thus it will become forced extractions, like Obamacare. It will be coupled with the payroll taxes, creating further financial penury of the youth. Their future is grim if this system continues