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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Fight the Empire on 07/19/12

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James Howard Kunstler on his new book TOO MUCH MAGIC

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, a shocking vision for our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders.

In the seven years since its first publication, many of Kunstler’s warnings from The Long Emergency have proved prophetic, and now in his new book, TOO MUCH MAGIC: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation, Kunstler argues there is now compelling evidence that the long emergency – a period of increasing resource shortfalls, gradual economic decline, and a forced change in humanity’s lifestyle – has already begun.

Fight the Empire on 07/05/12

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A discussion of the global drug trade.

The global drug trade brings in profits of more than $300 billion a year. Where does all that money go?

Mark Karlin, editor of Buzz Flash at Truthout, writes that it serves the empire in several ways -- starting with the banks.

 

Photo by Mark Karlin

Fight the Empire on 06/21/12

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Tom Engelhardt on The History and Future of Drone Warfare

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, co-author with Nick Turse of the new book, "Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050."

Fight the Empire on 06/07/12

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Murder City

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Charles Bowden, the critically acclaimed author of many books including Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields, Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family, A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior, Blood Orchid, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future.

Fight the Empire on 05/17/12

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INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror

Host Per Fagereng interviews intelligence historian Matthew Aid, author of INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror, a detailed overview of U.S. intelligence since President Obama’s election which finds more problems than solutions.

Matthew M. Aid is the author of Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror (January 2012) and The Secret Sentry, the definitive history of the National Security Agency. He is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA.

Fight the Empire on 05/03/12

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An interview with Michael Klare

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.

Fight the Empire on 04/19/12

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

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).

Fight the Empire on 04/05/12

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

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.

Fight the Empire on 03/15/12

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Thu, 03/15/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Ellen Brown

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

Fight the Empire on 03/01/12

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An interview with Gilad Atzmon, author of The Wandering Who?

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?

 

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