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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World War I Is One Hundred Years Old And Still Alive

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Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Per discusses the legacy of World War I.

Host Per Fagereng looks at World War I, one of the deadliest conflicts in history. WWI is one hundred years old and still alive.

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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Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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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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Connecting history with the latest world events

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.

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Pepe Escobar on Pakistan, Afghanistan and "Pipelineistan"

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Wed, 06/03/2009

Host Per Fagereng starts his new program "Fight the Empire" with an interview with journalist Pepe Escobar on Pakistan, Afghanistan and "Pipelineistan."  Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for the Real News.

 

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