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 12/06/12

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Tamim Ansary about his new book Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan

 Host Per Fagereng speaks with writer Tamim Ansary about his new book Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan.

In GAMES WITHOUT RULES Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every 40 to 60 years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made.

Fight the Empire on 11/15/12

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Alfred McCoy on “Beyond Bayonets and Battleships, Space Warfare and the Future of U.S. Global Power”

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian and author Alfred McCoy, about his recent piece on TomDispatch.com about the Pentagon’s dreams and plans for maintaining U.S. preeminence on planet Earth from the ground to outer space via an array of new robotic weaponry now in development.  McCoy is famous for his book on the CIA and heroin (which the Agency tried unsuccessfully to suppress). McCoy's latest book is Endless Empire.

Fight the Empire on 11/01/12

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Hurricane Sandy and climate change

Per Fagereng hosts a special hour-long edition of Fight the Empire on Hurricane Sandy, climate change, unusual weather patterns, energy and more.

Fight the Empire on 10/18/12

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Fight the Empire on 10/04/12

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Tough Talk for America, A Guide to the Presidential Debates You Won’t Hear

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project and lead author of the new book A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget. She just wrote the piece “Tough Talk for America, A Guide to the Presidential Debates You Won’t Hear,” which states: “Five big things will decide what this country looks like next year and in the 20 years to follow, but here’s a guarantee for you: you’re not going to hear about them in the upcoming presidential debates.

Fight the Empire on 09/20/12

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Journalist and author Hedrick Smith on his book Who Stole the American Dream?

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent whose career spans fifty years. His new book Who Stole The American Dream? is an account of how, over the past four decades, we have become two Americas. Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. He starts with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power in Washington from then until today.

Fight the Empire on 09/06/12

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Gareth Porter on Iran's reducing the amount of enriched uranium

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist specialising in U.S. national security policy, about his recent article on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report called "IAEA Report Shows Iran Reduced Its Breakout Capacity." They will also talk about the US warnings to Israel, the non-aligned nations meeting, and Romney's foreign policy team.

The paperback edition of Gareth Porter's latest book, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, was published in 2006.

Fight the Empire on 08/16/12

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$21 Trillion the Wealthy are Hiding: The Shocking Facts -- and the Great Opportunity

Host Per Fagereng speaks with  James Henry, lead researcher for a new report by the Tax Justice Network that finds that the super-rich are hiding at least $21 trillion in accounts outside their home countries. The wealth hidden in these tax shelters is the equivalent of the United States and Japanese economies combined, according to the report, 'The Price of Offshore Revisited.'" PDF summary of report: http://www.taxjustice.net/cms/upload/pdf/The_Price_of_Offshore_Revisited_Presser_120722.pdf

Fight the Empire on 08/02/12

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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.

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Will Iran be bombed? What about troop withdrawal from Iraq?

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Thu, 08/05/2010

Per Fagereng looks at the state of the Empire and leads discussion with listeners on whether Israel and/or US will bomb Iran. Also, will troops be withdrawn from Iraq?  What about private mercenaries?

Tom Engelhardt on drones and U.S. detachment from war

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Thu, 07/01/2010
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, creator of TomDispatch.com, who's just authored the book The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s. They discuss this and Engelhardt's recent article, "America Detached from War: Bush’s Pilotless Dream, Smoking Drones, and Other Strange Tales from the Crypt."
www.tomdispatch.com/post/175265/tomgram%3A_engelhardt,_the_perfect_american_weapon/

Michael Ruppert discusses how to survive peak oil

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Per Fagereng hosts a special hour-long call-in show with Mike Ruppert, author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil and A Presidential Energy Policy.

Mike is also the publisher/editor of From The Wilderness, a newsletter read in more than 50 countries around the world.

They will discuss peak oil and how to survive it and more.

Ray McGovern: "Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea"

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Thu, 06/03/2010

Host Per Fagereng discusses the Israeli commando attack on the Gaza aid flotilla and other issues with Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under seven US presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them. McGovern has a recent article on ConsortiumNew.com called "Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea."  http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/060110a.html

 

San Francisco City Hall Uprising 50 years ago

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Thu, 05/20/2010
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Portland resident Burton White about the San Francisco City Hall Uprising in 1960, 50 years ago this week. Both Fagereng and White were arrested at the San Francisco City Hall. They were part of a group of people protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC, which was holding a hearing in San Francisco. Police turned fire hoses on the protesters inside the City Hall. A total of 68 people got arrested.

http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=The_House_Un-American_Activities_Committee_(HUAC)_Hearing_and_Riot_of_1960 

Michael Parenti on "God and His Demons"

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Thu, 05/06/2010

Per Fagereng hosts Part 2 of his interview with scholar, author and lecturer Michael Parenti about his new book, "God and His Demons."

Michael Parenti (Berkeley, CA) is the acclaimed author of more than twenty books, including, most recently, Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader; The Assassination of Julius Caesar; and The Culture Struggle. The New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, Harper's, The Nation, and Antioch Review, are among the countless publications that have praised Parenti's work. For further information, visit his Web site: michaelparenti.org

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Micael Parenti discusses "God and His Demons," a look at the dark side of religion

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Thu, 04/15/2010

 Host Per Fagereng speaks with political analyst and author Michael Parenti about his new book, God and His Demons, a look at the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history.  Michael Parenti has won awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the city of Santa Cruz, New Jersey Peace Action, the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Religion in Higher Education, and other organizations. 

He now serves on the advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network, Education Without Borders, and the Jasenovic Foundation; as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought. He also served for some 12 years as a judge for Project Censored.

He is the author of twenty-two books:
God and His Demons (Prometheus Books, 2010)
Democracy for the Few (Wadsworth, 9th edition, 2010)
Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (City Lights Books, 2007)
Democracy for the Few (Wadsworth, 8th edition, 2007)
The Culture Struggle (Seven Stories Press, 2006)
Superpatriotism (City Lights Books, 2004)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar (The New Press, 2003)
The Terrorism Trap (City Lights Books, 2002)
To Kill a Nation (Verso Books, 2001)
History as Mystery (City Lights Books, 1999)
America Besieged (City Lights Books, 1998)
Blackshirts and Reds (City Lights Books, 1997)
Dirty Truths (City Lights Books, 1996)
Against Empire (City Lights Books, 1995)
Inventing Reality (Wadsworth, second edition, 1993)
Land of Idols (St. Martin's, 1993)
Make-Believe Media (Wadsworth, 1992)
The Sword and the Dollar (St. Martin's, 1989)
Power and the Powerless (St. Martin's, 1978)
Ethnic and Political Attitudes (Arno Press, 1975)
Trends and Tragedies in American Foreign Policy (Little, Brown, 1971)
The Anti-Communist Impulse (Random House, 1969)
 

"An Act of State" by Dr. William Pepper: an investigation into Martin Luther King Jr's assassination

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Thu, 04/01/2010

 Per Fagereng interviews Dr. William Pepper about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Pepper is the author of An Act of State, a compelling and authoritative account of how King’s challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder.  William Pepper was a young journalist, just back from Vietnam, when he first met Martin Luther King Jr. His photographs and first-hand accounts of the war prompted King’s unflinching opposition to the war. His investigations of King’s assassination included extensive interviews with James Earl Ray. Pepper is an English barrister who convenes a seminar on International Human Rights at Oxford University and maintains practices in the US and the UK. He is the author of three other books and numerous articles.

[Who Killed Marine Colonel Jim Sabow?

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Thu, 03/18/2010

Who killed Marine Colonel Jim Sabow? Host Per Fagereng speaks with the Colonel's brother Dr. David Sabow, who has been pursuing the case for over ten years.

Marine Colonel James Sabow's death was very controversial. In 1991 Sabow, a fighter pilot and a hero of the Vietnam War before becoming the third ranking officer at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, was found dead behind his home at the base, a shotgun blast to his head, blood splattered across the backyard.

Navy and Marine officials ruled the death a suicide. But Sabow’s younger brother David says evidence indicated murder. He says his brother was killed because of his knowledge of drug smuggling at El Toro and that the murder was covered up to protect others.

 

Entropy and Empire

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Thu, 02/04/2010

Host Per Fagereng speaks with blogger Stoneleigh, who contributes to the website theautomaticearth.blogspot.com about entropy and empire. Kurt Liebezeit co-hosts.

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