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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Episode Archive

Reflections on the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Reflections on the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Host Per Fagereng ponders these facts and questions...
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed 46 years ago on April 4th, 1968.
2. The wars still go on.
3. Is President Obama afraid of the intelligence apparatus? Does he have reason to be afraid?

Ukraine: Critical Analysis

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Ukraine: Critical Analysis
Per's topic is  Ukraine: Critical Analysis.

The Convergence of the Surveillance State and the Warfare State

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Norman Solomon on how the surveillance state and the warfare state continue to converge.

Host Per Fagereng interviews journalist and author Norman Solomon about his recent article If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a U.S. Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination. They will discuss how the the surveillance state and the warfare state continue to converge.

James Howard Kunstler on "Too Much Magic”

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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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James Howard Kunstler on "Too Much Magic”

Host Per Fagereng interviews James Howard Kunstler about his new book, “Too Much Magic.”  “Too Much Magic” is what Kunstler sees in the bright visions of a future world dreamed up by overly optimistic souls who believe technology will solve all our problems. Their visions remind him of the flying cars and robot maids that were the dominant images of the future in the 1950s.

Fight the Empire on 01/16/14

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Fight the Empire
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Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 01/02/14

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Fight the Empire
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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

The American Press is Wrong about the Ukraine with Stephen Cohen

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Fight the Empire
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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus at New York University and Princeton University. His books include "Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War."

Secret operations and democracy

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Annie Machon

Annie Machon was an intelligence officer with England's MI5. In the late 1990's she resigned and revealed secret operations, such as one to assassinate Libya's ruler Moammar Gaddafi. Is this kind of secrecy compatible with democracy? Tune in and find out.

David Talbot on "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years"

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Fight the Empire
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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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David Talbot on "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Talbot, author of "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years." Talbot is a journalist and the founder and former CEO and editor-in-chief of Salon.com. "Brothers" details JFK's efforts to keep the country out of war and Bobby Kennedy's quest to solve his brother's murder.  Talbot postulates that RFK might have been the victim of the same plotters he suspected of killing his brother. 

The geopolitics of food scarcity

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Fight the Empire
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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An interview with Lester Brown

Lester Brown grew up on a farm in New Jersey. Now he writes about the planet's ability to feed all of its people.

Fifty years ago he wrote Man, Land and Food and went on to found the Worldwatch Insitute and the Earth Policy Institute.

Thursday he will be the guest on Fight The Empire's hour-long special on the geopolitics of food scarcity.

 

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