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 08/04/11

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Bringing imperial history to current events

Richard Wolff returns with an update on the debt ceiling fiasco

Fight the Empire on 07/21/11

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Richard Wolff on the economy and the global capitalist crisis

Host Per Fagereng hosts a special one-hour Fight the Empire show with economist Richard Wolff on the economy and the global capitalist crisis. Your calls welcome at 503 231-8187.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

(Presswatch is on vacation for a few weeks.)

 

Fight the Empire on 07/07/11

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Peter Bergin, author of The Longest War.

Peter Bergen on Fight The Empire

Peter Bergen is the national security analyst for CNN. In his recent book The Longest War, Bergen writes that Osama bin Laden fell victim to hubris. With his 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, according to Bergen, bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization over-reached and paid the price.

He'll be the guest on Fight The Empire Thursday, July 7 at 9:30am.

Fight the Empire on 06/16/11

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An interview with Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox -- Thursday, June 16, 2011

A funny thing happened in Rome. The Catholic Church silenced an outspoken liberation theologian, but Matthew Fox would not stay silent. He left the church and went on to write many books, the latest of which is The Pope's War.

We'll talk about Pope Benedict's new inquisition -- his war on liberation theology and the dumbing down of the Roman Catholic Church

Fight the Empire on 06/02/11

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The Believing Brain—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Shermer, author of numerous books including the most recent, "The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths,"a comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished. This book synthesizes Dr. Shermer’s 30 years of research.

Fight the Empire on 05/19/11

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Permanent-war, American-style

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William J. Astore about his latest TomDispatch post in which he takes up permanent-war, American-style, and its eerie similarity to “enlightened” wars fought by European monarchs centuries ago.

Fight the Empire on 05/05/11

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Can we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities?

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Wendy Brown, author of "Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil."

In the age of Peak Oil,environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.

Fight the Empire on 04/07/11

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William Pepper on the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Host Per Fagereng speaks with William Pepper, an American lawyer who practices international human rights law, about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968.

Pepper was present at Martin Luther King's April 4, 1967 Riverside Church speech in which King launched a strong campaign against the Vietnam War.

Pepper thought that King's assassination was part of a government conspiracy and became James Earl Ray's last attorney. Following Ray's death Pepper represented the King family in a wrongful death suit.

William Pepper's books include Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, 1995, and An Act Of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, 2003. 

Fight the Empire on 03/03/11

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In Afghanistan, a Woman's Place Is at the Peace Table

Host Per Fagereng speaks with writer, reporter, photographer and humanitarian Ann Jones about her article "In Afghanistan, a Woman's Place Is at the Peace Table," which says "Let women play a bigger role in the country's affairs and see what happens to the peace process."

www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-jones-afghanistan-women-20110113-11,0,7690540.story

Fight the Empire on 02/17/11

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Osama Bin Laden

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Scheuer, blogger, historian, foreign policy critic, and veteran of two decades in the ranks of the C.I.A, about his new book, "Osama Bin Laden."

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Libya: Qaddafi, the neighborhood bully? NATO, the mafia?

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Thu, 09/15/2011

 Per Fagering connecting history with the latest world events focusses on Libya, and ponders "Who's worse, the local thug or a shadowy organization with tentacles everywhere?"  He starts out with an article from Afro: "Walter Fauntroy, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home—Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing?" 

The S&P Downgrade -- insider Trading? Who benefits?

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Thu, 09/01/2011

 "Titanic Battle or Insider Trading? The S&P Downgrade and the Bilderbergers: All Part of the Plan?"

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ellen Brown, author of "Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free (Revised and Updated)" about her recent article, "Titanic Battle or Insider Trading? The S&P Downgrade and the Bilderbergers: All Part of the Plan?" 

Stephen Glain: "State vs. Defense, the Battle to Define America's Empire"

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Thu, 08/18/2011

Per Fagering hosts Stephen Glain, author of State vs. Defense,  the Battle to Define America's Empire,  described as a masterful account of how sixty years of American militarism created the Cold War, fanned decades of unnecessary conflict, helped to fuel Islamist terror, and threatens to bankrupt the country. In eye-opening fashion, State vs. Defense shows how America truly operates as a superpower and explores the constant tension between the diplomats at State and the warriors at Defense.

"In crisp, authoritative writing, the author sets down some scathing portraits, from MacArthur to Rumsfeld, and in a powerful conclusion, exposes the disequilibrium between the U.S. civilian versus military resources throughout the world and the continued “appeasement” by President Obama to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A work of smoldering focus and marshaled evidence."--Kirkus Reviews

Stephen Glain has been a journalist for twenty years. He spent four years in Hong Kong writing for the local South China Morning Post before joining the Wall Street Journal in 1991 with stints in Tokyo, Seoul, and then Tel Aviv and Amman. His book Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants was named the best book of 2004 by online magazine The Globalist. His articles on U.S. foreign policy, East Asia, and the Arab world have appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Nation, the Financial Times, Gourmet, Smithsonian, Newsweek, The National, and elsewhere. Visit his website at www.StephenGlain.com.

The debt ceiling fiasco: an update with economist Richard Wolff

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Thu, 08/04/2011

Economist Richard Wolff returns returns to Fight the Empire with an update on the debt ceiling fiasco. (Host Per Fagereng also hosted Wolff 2 weeks ago on 7/21/11.) 

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

Richard Wolff on The Economy and the Capitalist Crisis

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Thu, 07/21/2011

Host Per Fagereng hosts a special one-hour Fight the Empire show with economist Richard Wolff on the economy and the global capitalist crisis. Your calls welcome at 503 231-8187.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

www.rdwolff.com/

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Peter Bergen on his recent book “The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda”

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Thu, 07/07/2011

Peter Bergen is the national security analyst for CNN. In his recent book The Longest War, Bergen writes that Osama bin Laden fell victim to hubris. With his 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, according to Bergen, bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization over-reached and paid the price.

Afghanistan Present and Future; Talk Radio

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Fri, 06/24/2011

Host Per Fagereng interviews Professor Zaher Wahab and journalist Gareth Porter about Afghanistan, Obama's announcement about troops there, and the future of the country.

Zaher Wahab is Professor of Education at Lewis and Clark College and a native of Afghanistan. Dr. Wahab served as senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan 2002-2006 and as a visiting researcher-professor in a masters degree program for teacher education faculty from Afghanistan’s 16 teacher training colleges 2007-2010. He has been spending about four months annually in that country since 2002. He just returned from three months in Afghanistan.

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Matthew Fox on the Pope's War

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Thu, 06/16/2011

Matthew Fox, a Roman Catholic liberation theorlogian, was silenced by the church but he refused to stay silent. In his latest book, The Pope's War, he discusses the new Inquisition of Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Bnedict. We also talk about the suspicious death of John Paul 1, who was pope for only 34 days.

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Fight the Empire on 06/02/11, interview with Michael Shermer

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Thu, 06/02/2011

 The Believing Brain—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

 Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Shermer, author of numerous books including the most recent, "The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths,"a comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished. This book synthesizes Dr. Shermer’s 30 years of research.

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University.

 

How does American-style permanent-war resemble the warfare of European monarchs centuries ago?

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Thu, 05/19/2011

 Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William J. Astore about his latest TomDispatch post in which he takes up permanent-war, American-style, and its eerie similarity to “enlightened” wars fought by European monarchs centuries ago.

 

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