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 01/19/12

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Gareth Porter on his article, "Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of "Covert" Iranian Nuclear Site"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy about Iran. Porter is the author of the recent article, "Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of "Covert" Iranian Nuclear Site.

Fight the Empire on 01/05/12

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Mike Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon," on the year in review and a preview of 2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Mike Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon" and star of the film "Collapse", about what happened in 2011 and what might be in the future in 2012.

Fight the Empire on 12/15/11

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A new Cold War against China?

The United States, after two disastrous wars in the Middle East, is now moving against China. Once again, it's all about oil and global power. Host Per Fagereng talks with Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.

Fight the Empire on 12/01/11

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Tom Engelhardt on "An All-American Nightmare: This Is What Defeat Looks Like"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, publisher of TomDispatch and the author of "The United States of Fear." They'll talk about his recent article "An All-American Nightmare: This Is What Defeat Looks Like," which is about the end of the Neo-Cons' imperial dreams.

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Fight the Empire on 11/17/11

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Ray McGovern talks about Iran, an IAEA report on nuclear verification, and Israel

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ray McGovern, who was a U.S. army officer and CIA analyst for 30 years, about Iran, an IAEA report on nuclear verification in Iran circulated last week, and Israel. McGovern recently said, "What's really new, if anything, in the IAEA report? And why are some U.S. officials, belatedly, playing it down after a lot of pre-release ballyhoo? Does this reflect a nervous attempt to rein in the 'crazies' in Tel Aviv and their neocon friends in Washington? If so, is it likely to have that effect?

Fight the Empire on 11/03/11

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Brian Terrell of Voices for Creative Nonviolence on the killing of civilians by drones

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. 

Fight the Empire on 10/20/11

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his new book "The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality."

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.

Fight the Empire on 09/29/11

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Interview with financial reporter Michael Hudson about corruption in banking and mortgage industry

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.

Fight the Empire on 09/01/11

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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" about her recent article, "Titanic Battle or Insider Trading? The S&P Downgrade and the Bilderbergers: All Part of the Plan?"

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Fight the Empire on 08/04/11

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Bringing imperial history to current events

Richard Wolff returns with an update on the debt ceiling fiasco

 

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