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 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."

Fight the Empire on 02/03/11

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Juan Cole on the current uprisings in Egypt and the Mideast

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Juan Cole about the current uprising in Egypt and his book Engaging the Muslim World.

Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Fight the Empire on 01/20/11

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"The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Palestinian scholar and social entrepreneur Dr. Nasser Abufarha, author of "The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance (The Cultures and Practice of Violence)."

Abufarha earned his PhD in Cultural Anthropology and International Development from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. His first book, which focuses on landscapes, the environment and violence, was published by Duke University Press in 2009.

Fight the Empire on 01/06/11

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MIke Ruppert on politics in the new year

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Mike Ruppert, author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. They will discuss the New Year, the new Congress, peak oil and the future.

Fight the Empire on 12/16/10

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“The Decline and Fall of the American Empire"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian Alfred McCoy about his article “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, Four Scenarios for the End of the American Century by 2025” McCoy says the demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.

www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175327/

Fight the Empire on 12/02/10

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The rise and fall of the subprime mortgage business through the stories of two corporate empires

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael W. Hudson about his new book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America - and Spawned a Global Crisis..

Michael W. Hudson is a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit journalism organization.  He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and as an investigator for the Center for Responsible Lending. He edited the award-winning book Merchants of Misery and appeared in the documentary film Maxed Out. He is also the winner of a George Polk Award

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Fight the Empire on 11/03/11

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Host Per Fagereng interviews Brian Terrell, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

There have been a string of attacks on Western forces in Afghanistan this week, killing over 20 troops.
On Tuesday the trial of the Hancock Drone Resisters began. The Resisters are 38 people from throughout Central New York and beyond who converged on Syracuse, New York on April 22, 2011 to protest the piloting of hunter-killer Reaper drones at Hancock Air National Guard Base. They participated in a die-in at the main entrance, symbolizing the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan by drones. 

Brian Terrell is one of the 38 people being charged in the trial. Terrell says, "Members of the New York National Guard are sitting in front of computers and operating drones with a mouse or joystick that fire hellfire missiles, killing people in Afghanistan 6,000 miles away. Then they go home to a warm dinner."

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Richard Heinberg on "The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality"

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 Host Per Fagereng speaks with author, educator and speaker Richard Heinberg about his new book The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

Richard Heinberg’s latest book goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors: resource depletion, environmental impacts, and crushing levels of debt.
 
The End of Growth describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

Michael Hudson looks at lender fraud, corruption

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Thu, 09/15/2011

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Hudson, Staff Writer at iWatch News about the legacy of corruption that still plagues Bank of America and a pattern of fraud at Countrywide Financial Corp., once the nation’s largest mortgage lender.

Michael Hudson covers business and finance for iWatch News. He has worked as a staff writer at the Roanoke (Va.) Times and the Wall Street Journal. The Columbia Journalism Review called him the reporter who “beat the world on subprime abuses.” His book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America--And Spawned a Global Crisis, was named “Book of the Year” by Baltimore City Paper.

www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/22/6687/countrywide-protected-fraudsters-silencing-whistleblowers-say-former-employees

www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/23/6706/mortgage-industry-tanks-fraud-continues-countrywide

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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 "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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