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 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

Fight the Empire on 07/21/11

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Richard Wolff on the economy and the global capitalist crisis

Host Per Fagereng hosts a special one-hour Fight the Empire show with economist Richard Wolff on the economy and the global capitalist crisis. Your calls welcome at 503 231-8187.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

(Presswatch is on vacation for a few weeks.)

 

Fight the Empire on 07/07/11

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Peter Bergin, author of The Longest War.

Peter Bergen on Fight The Empire

Peter Bergen is the national security analyst for CNN. In his recent book The Longest War, Bergen writes that Osama bin Laden fell victim to hubris. With his 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, according to Bergen, bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization over-reached and paid the price.

He'll be the guest on Fight The Empire Thursday, July 7 at 9:30am.

Fight the Empire on 06/16/11

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An interview with Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox -- Thursday, June 16, 2011

A funny thing happened in Rome. The Catholic Church silenced an outspoken liberation theologian, but Matthew Fox would not stay silent. He left the church and went on to write many books, the latest of which is The Pope's War.

We'll talk about Pope Benedict's new inquisition -- his war on liberation theology and the dumbing down of the Roman Catholic Church

Fight the Empire on 06/02/11

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The Believing Brain—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Shermer, author of numerous books including the most recent, "The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths,"a comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished. This book synthesizes Dr. Shermer’s 30 years of research.

Fight the Empire on 05/19/11

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Permanent-war, American-style

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William J. Astore about his latest TomDispatch post in which he takes up permanent-war, American-style, and its eerie similarity to “enlightened” wars fought by European monarchs centuries ago.

Fight the Empire on 05/05/11

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Can we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities?

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Wendy Brown, author of "Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil."

In the age of Peak Oil,environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.

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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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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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