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 05/02/13

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How Resource Scarcity and Climate Change Could Produce a Global Explosion

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael Klare, who offers a hair-raising look at how two trends on the planet -- growing resource scarcity and climate change -- are creating a formula for future disruption, social unrest, state collapse, and in the long run cataclysm.  

According to TomDispatch Media Alert:  “Resource shock” is a new term in our lexicon, but you’re going to become familiar with it soon enough on a planet that will be in increasing disarray -- Michael T. Klare, “Entering a Resource-Shock World, How Resource Scarcity and Climate Change Could Produce a Global Explosion.”

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175690/

Fight the Empire on 04/18/13

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Former Reagan budget director David Stockman on "The Great Deformation"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with former Reagan administration budget director David Stockman about his new book "The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America." 

David Stockman was the architect of the so-called Reagan Revolution. In "The Great Deformation" he argues that the working of free markets and democracy has long been under threat in America, and provides a nonpartisan list of the corrupters and defenders. 

Fight the Empire on 04/04/13

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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 03/21/13

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Mel Goodman on "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism"

Host Per Fagereng interviews Mel Goodman about his new book "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism."

"Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what's gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military, and now, inNational Insecurity, he tells us what we must do to change the way the system works, and how to fix it. Goodman is not only telling us how to save wasted billions--he is also telling us how to save ourselves." -- Seymour M. Hersh, "The New Yorker."

Fight the Empire on 03/07/13

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A look at the Columbia River Crossing

With the price of gasoline rising and people driving less, do we need a monster highway boondoggle? Our legislature has approved $450 million for the Columbia River Crossing. Economist Joe Cortright, chair of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, says it's a bad deal for Oregon.

Fight the Empire on 02/21/13

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Interview with David Yallop

Pope John Paul 1 didn't have time to become a superstar. He was pope for only 33 days and then he died in September 1978. Some say he was murdered.

Thursday's guest will be investigative writer David Yallop author of In God's Name. He believes John Paul 1 was murdered and gives reasons why. The Pope was investigating the Vatican Bank and the notorious P-2 Masonic Lodge. He seemed about to change the church's position on birth control. He was making enemies. 

 

 

 

Fight the Empire on 02/07/13

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Pepe Escobar on Africa and gold

The guest will be author and journalist Pepe Escobar. We'll look at the fighting in Mali and the new global gold rush. The future of the privileged US dollar may well be at stake.

Fight the Empire on 01/17/13

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Interview with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States

Today's guests will be film director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick. They have produced a ten-part television series and a 700-page book -- The Untold History of the United States -- revealing things we didn't learn in school

Fight the Empire on 01/03/13

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Christian Parenti discusses "The Limits To Growth."

Forty years ago a ground-breaking book was published, called "The Limits To Growth." MIT researchers used computer models to project a future world economy, and many of the results pointed to collapse. Thursday's guest will be author Christian Parenti, to discuss "The Limits To Growth" and where it leads.

Fight the Empire on 12/20/12

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History and events in Syria

As the year comes to an end we'll look at events in Syria, their links to past and future, and the chaos spreading beyond borders.

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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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