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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Imperial Chaos

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Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Imperial Chaos

“I get the feeling that no matter what the Americans touch, they end up with Libya or Iraq,” Vladimir Putin speaking at the Seliger youth forum. 

Per Fagering hosts a discussion of "Imperial Chaos" and asks what does the US gain from chaos around the world.

Richard Heinberg on "Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels"

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Thu, 05/07/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Richard Heinberg on "Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels"

Host Per Fagereng interviews writer and activist Richard Heinberg about his new book Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels. Afterburn consists of 15 essays exploring various aspects of the 21st century migration away from fossil fuels.

Richard Heinberg is the author of eleven previous books including The Party's Over,Powerdown, Peak Everything, and The End of Growth. He is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. 



America's 30 Year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing a Good Adversary

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Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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America's 30 Year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing a Good Adversary

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Gareth Porter, independent investigative journalist and historian, and the author, most recently, of "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare" about his recent article on Portside called "America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary."  

The King Assassination and Beyond

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Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Commentary and discussion by host Per Fagereng
Host Per Fagereng talks about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968. Since 1968 the U.S. has been involved in one disastrous war after another. Is America under a curse?

Fight the Empire on 03/19/15

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Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 03/05/15

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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Robert Parry on Ukraine and the Neo-Cons

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Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Robert Parry on Ukraine and the Neo-Cons

Host Per Fagereng speaks with investigative journalist Robert Parry of Consortium News about Ukraine. Plus the bizarre ascendancy of the Neo-Cons.

Loretta Napoleoni on her book The Islamist Phoenix

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Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Loretta Napoleoni on her book The Islamist Phoenix

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Loretta Napoleoni about THE ISLAMIST PHOENIX:  Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East

The rise to prominence of the Islamic State (IS)—now dominating Middle Eastern politics—is explained by economist and bestselling author Loretta Napoleoni. in her new book The Islamist Phoenix: Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East (Seven Stories Press).


James Kunstler's Forecast for 2015

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Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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James Kunstler's Forecast for 2015
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Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Howard Kunstler, the author of The Long Emergency, Too Much Magic, The Geography of Nowhere, the World Made By Hand novels, and more than a dozen other books. 
They'll talk about Kunstler's forecast for 2015.

2015 and Beyond: Oil, War and More: What Can We Expect?

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Thu, 01/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Per Fagereng leads a discussion of possible futures
Per Fagereng hosts an hour-long New Year's Day listener-call-in show on looking ahead to the future. What will happen with oil? What about wars, old and new?
Tune in and call 503 231-8187 with your comments.

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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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