Fight the Empire

We live in an empire that began 500 years ago with the European conquest of the Americas. This program looks at how the empire permeates our lives.

 

What are we doing in the world? What are we doing to the world?

George Kennan was an influential US diplomat during the Cold War years. It was he who devised the containment strategy against the Soviet Union (as opposed to a more aggressive rollback policy). In February 1948 Kennan presented a document to President Truman, Presidential Policy Statement #23, which includes the following:

"The US has  50 percent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permits us to maintain this position of disparity...To do so we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.

"We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans the better."

Some have claimed that Kennan was speaking as a foreign policy "realist," and arguing against an ideological anti-Communist crusade. That may be so, but his words are clear, as Noam Chomsky has pointed out. The US intends to keep for itself an unfair share of the world's resources. The main difference between the realists and the ideologues is one of tactics in pursuing this ignoble goal.

 

 

 

 

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How US Empire Paved the Way for Islamic State

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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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How US Empire Paved the Way for Islamic State

Host Per Fagereng looks at how the US Empire paved the way for Islamic State.
 

Michael Klare on "There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order"

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Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Michael Klare on "There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael Klare about his recent article on TomDispatch.com, "There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order." 

Mike Lofgren on "The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government"

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Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Mike Lofgren on "The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Mike Lofgren about his new book, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, an insider’s account of who really runs Washington regardless of which party is in power.

Stephen F. Cohen on "Coalition or Cold War with Russia?"

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Stephen F. Cohen on "Coalition or Cold War with Russia?"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Russian Studies and Politics, New York University and Princeton University and Contributing Editor, The Nation magazine. His recent book is Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War.

Mr. Cohen recently spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California on "The Ukrainian Crisis - It's not All Putin's Fault."  In this interview he discusses his November 30th article in The Nation, "Coalition or Cold War with Russia?" written with his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation.

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

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Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Talbot about his new book, "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government," described by Lisa Pease as "an anecdotal biography of not just Allen Dulles but of the national security establishment that he helped create." Since the end of World War II, what some call the “deep state” has taken hold of the American Republic, stripping the citizens of meaningful control over national security issues, with CIA Director Allen Dulles playing a key early role.

John Feffer on "Splinterlands: The View from 2050"

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Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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John Feffer on "Splinterlands: The View from 2050"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with John Feffer about his article "Splinterlands: The View from 2050", posted on TomDispatch.com as "On the Verge of the Great Unraveling." 

John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and writes its regular World Beat column. His past essays, including those for Tomdispatch.com, can be read at his website, johnfeffer.com.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/

Some Questions about Banks, Debt, and Growth

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Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Some Questions about Banks, Debt, and Growth

Per follows up on last week's Fight the Empire show and talks some more about banks and debt and how much debt we really have. He also asks, "What is a state bank?" and "Will economic growth help pay off the debt?" And, "What about the price of oil?" He invites your calls with comments and/or questions at 503 231-8187.

Roger Lowenstein on his new book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve

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Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Roger Lowenstein on his new book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve

Presswatch is off today.

Per Fagereng hosts a one-hour edition of Fight the Empire with guest Roger Lowenstein talking about his new book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve, which tells the story of the drama-filled fight for the creation of the Federal Reserve.

Lowenstein chronicles a market meltdown, a banking collapse, a heated debate on the proper size of the federal government, and an ongoing struggle between interest rate hawks and doves, 

Mark Weisbrot on Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy

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Thu, 10/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mark Weisbrot on Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy

Per Fagereng hosts a special hour-long Fight the Empire with guest Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. They discuss Mark Weisbrot's latest book, Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy. They look at how political agendas are often at the root of long-term economic failures and - as in the Eurozone - can prolong financial crises unnecessarily

Fight the Empire on 10/15/15

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Thu, 10/15/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

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An interview with Michael Klare

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Thu, 05/10/2012

Oil and other resources are dwindling, and the nations of the world grow desperate for more. Will the hunt end badly or can it lead to a lasting era of global justice? Fight The Empire talks with Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources.

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Bruce Gagnon on Weapons in Space, Military Expansion, War, Climate Change and Corporate Domination

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Thu, 04/19/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992.

Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 29 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997).

In 2003 Bruce co-produced a popular documentary video entitled Arsenal of Hypocrisy that spelled out U.S. plans for space domination. Another of his videos, shot in 2009, was entitled Review of Obama's Foreign Policy.

He is also host of a public access TV show called This Issue that currently runs in 13 Maine communities.

Bruce will be speaking  in Portland this week on current U.S. space technology strategy, military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, the effects of our war economy on climate change and ending the corporate domination of congress

April 20, 6:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church, Fuller Hall

Entrance on SW 12th Avenue, between Salmon and Main
Donations $5-$20 invited

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PAKISTAN ON THE BRINK:The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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Thu, 04/05/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with journalist Ahmed Rashid about the relationship between Islamabad and Kabul and U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and The Washington Post, and has written for the New York Review of Books, BBC Online, and The Nation as well as various academic and foreign affairs journals. His most recent book is Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

  • Length: 28:17 minutes (25.89 MB)
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Interview with Ellen Brown

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Thu, 03/15/2012

Interview with Ellen Brown who has written extensively on state banks, debt and other economic issues. Now she describes how the Greek financial crisis could take down Wall Street.

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Gilad Atzmon, author of "The Wandering Who?", on Jazz, Israel, and Jewish Identity Politics

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Thu, 03/01/2012

When Gilad Atzmon first heard the music of Charlie Parker his life changed. The philosophy behind Bird's musical freedom seemed increasingly at odds with Gilad's life in Israel. He now lives in London, plays jazz and is the author of The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics? 

Gareth Porter on his article, "Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of "Covert" Iranian Nuclear Site"

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Thu, 01/19/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy about Iran. Porter is the author of the recent article, "Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of "Covert" Iranian Nuclear Site.

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Fight the Empire on 01/05/12

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Thu, 01/05/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Mike Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon" and star of the film "Collapse", about what happened in 2011 and what might be in the future in 2012.

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Fight the Empire for 12-15-2011

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The United States, after two disastrous wars in the Middle East, is now moving against China. Once again, it's all about oil and global power. Host Per Fagereng talks with Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.

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Fight the Empire on 12/01/11

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Thu, 12/01/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, publisher of TomDispatch and the author of "The United States of Fear." They'll talk about his recent article "An All-American Nightmare: This Is What Defeat Looks Like," which is about the end of the Neo-Cons' imperial dreams.

www.TomDispatch.com

Fight the Empire for 11/17/2011

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Thu, 11/17/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ray McGovern, who was a U.S. army officer and CIA analyst for 30 years, about Iran, an IAEA report on nuclear verification in Iran circulated last week, and Israel. McGovern recently said, "What's really new, if anything, in the IAEA report? And why are some U.S. officials, belatedly, playing it down after a lot of pre-release ballyhoo? Does this reflect a nervous attempt to rein in the 'crazies' in Tel Aviv and their neocon friends in Washington? If so, is it likely to have that effect?  Plus news and a report from the Occupy movement as it happens.

  • Length: 30:46 minutes (28.17 MB)
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