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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Robert McChesney on his new book Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century

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Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Robert McChesney on his new book Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century

    Host Per Fagereng interviews award-winning author Robert W. McChesney about his new book Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy.
    McChesney outlines the recent trajectory of capitalism and its ongoing degeneration. In exciting new research McChesney reveals how notions of democratic media are becoming central to activists around the world seeking to establish post-capitalist democracies. He argues that the weight of the present is blinding people to the changing nature and the tremendous possibilities of the historical moment we inhabit.

Gideon Levy on one of the most important religious sites in the old city of Jerusalem

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Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Gideon Levy on one of the most important religious sites in the old city of Jerusalem
Gideon Levy is a controversial writer for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. He is Per’s guest on this edition of Fight The Empire. They will discuss what Israeli Jews call the Temple Mount. This piece of land in Jerusalem has long been a focus of religious mythology. Now it’s seen by many as an existential foundation and a looming cause for war.

Fight the Empire on 11/06/14

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Connecting history with the latest world events

Andrew Bacevich on Obama's Strategy against the So-called Islamic State

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Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Andrew Bacevich on Obama's Strategy against the So-called Islamic State
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Andrew Bacevich about Obama's strategy against the so-called Islamic State and his recent article Even if we defeat the Islamic State, we’ll still lose the bigger war.

Tom Engelhardt on "Shadow Government"

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Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Tom Engelhardt on "Shadow Government"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, who created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. They discuss his new book Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.  They explore the question: Is repeated failure actually the key to the success and endless expansion of the U.S. intelligence community?  
 

Journalist Robert Parry on Ukraine

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Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Journalist Robert Parry on Ukraine

Host Per Fagereng speaks with journalist Robert Parry about Ukraine. Per asks, "If Scotland can vote on independence, why can't Ukraine?"

Parry has been asking why has so much of the Washington Establishment devoted so much time this past year to pounding their chests over the need to confront Russia regarding Ukraine? Who is benefiting from this crisis? What’s driving the madness?

A History of the Future

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with James Kunstler

A History of the Future is the third novel in James Kunstler's A World Made By Hand series. Like the others it takes place in a small town in upstate New York, a town that largely escaped the collapse of America as a nation. James Kunstler will be the guest Thursday, August 21 on Fight The Empire.

Fight the Empire on 08/07/14

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Zaher Wahab on the wretched state of Afghanistan and the resilience of the common people

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Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Zaher Wahab on the wretched state of Afghanistan and the resilience of the common people

Host Per Fagereng speaks Dr, Zaher Wahab, Professor Emeritus, Lewis and Clark College. Since his retirement in 2012, Dr, Wahab has been working full time in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico.

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico.

Host Per Fagereng speaks with  Michael Deibert, about his new book, In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico. The book looks at decades of failed policy through the prism of the rise of one particularly violent drug trafficking organization and its even more violent progeny, Los Zetas. 

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Christmas Day Bombing Attempt-- A False Flag Operation?

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Thu, 01/21/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews investigative reporter Wayne Madsen about whether the Christmas day bombing attempt was a false flag operation.

James Kunstler: Predictions for 2010 and Beyond

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Thu, 01/07/2010

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Kunstler, author of numerous books including World Made By Hand, The Long Emergency, and The Geography of Nowhere. He discusses his predictions for 2010 and the future in general. 

 

History of Empire and the Imperial Doings of 2009

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Thu, 12/17/2009

Per Fagering goes back in time to review the history of empire.  Next he covers "the imperial doings" of 2009.

Michael Ruppert talks about new film: "Collapse"

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Thu, 11/19/2009

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with investigative journalist and writer Mike Ruppert, whose books include "Crossing the Rubicon" and "A Presidential Energy Policy". They talk about the new film, "Collapse."  which features Mike Ruppert discussing his life and his work on peak oil issues.

 

Lisa Pease: Irregularities in the Lockerbie Bombing Conviction

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Thu, 09/03/2009

 Per Fagereng talks with information activist, Lisa Pease, about the recent release of the man convicted for the Lockerbie bombing.  They'll discuss the irregularities in the case.  Was Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi framed?  Find out more about it on Fight the Empire.    For more information from Lisa Pease, her website is:  http://www.realhistoryarchives.com/

Rick Rozoff: United Nations Subverted with NATO Expansion

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Wed, 08/19/2009

Host Per Fagering talks with Rick Rozoff, peace activist and writer with the Global Research website, about how NATO continues to expand despite hopes of the "peace dividend,"  how the United Nations is being subverted in conjunction with NATO expansion, and how wars such as in Afghanistan are carried out under the notion of "protecting global resources."   

Tom Hayden

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Wed, 08/05/2009

Host Per Fagereng talks with activist and politician Tom Hayden.

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Zaher Wahab

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Wed, 07/15/2009

Professor Zaher Wahab, recently back from Afghanistan, interviewed by Fight the Empire Host,Per Fagereng.

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Norman Solomon: How is War Spending Gutting our State Coffers?

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Fri, 07/03/2009

Per Fagereng speaks with Norman Solomon about the State Budget Crises, with a focus on California.  How is war spending gutting our State coffers? NormanNorman Solomon Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He has been writing the weekly "Media Beat" column since 1992.

Iran: Elections, Power and Protest

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Wed, 06/17/2009
Muhammad Sahimi

Theresa Mitchell of Presswatch is on break this week and next. Instead we hear a special 1-hour "Fight the Empire" show with Per Fagereng. The topic is Iran: Elections, Power and Protest. The guest is Muhammed Sahimi, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California. Several of his articles about the election are available at: http://tehranbureau.com/?s=+MUHAMMAD+SAHIMI .
     He also recently wrote a New York Times oped titled "Iran's Power Struggle." He contrasted Iran's election system with U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

 

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