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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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.

The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico.

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico.

Host Per Fagereng speaks with  Michael Deibert, about his new book, In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico. The book looks at decades of failed policy through the prism of the rise of one particularly violent drug trafficking organization and its even more violent progeny, Los Zetas. 

Political analyst Raed Jarrar on Iraq

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Thu, 06/19/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Political analyst Raed Jarrar on Iraq

Host Per Fagereng interviews Raed Jarrar, Iraqi-American blogger and political advocate, about the critical situation in Iraq and the greater region.

Russia-China Deal

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Thu, 06/05/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Analysis and commentary

Host Per Fagereng presents analysis and commentary on a variety of issues including the Russia-China deal and why W Saxbe Chambliss is an odious wretch.
 

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability by the Worldwatch Institute

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Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability by the Worldwatch Institute

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Prugh, co-director of the State of the World 2014 project, about "State of the World 2014,"  an assessment of citizens’ ability to govern for sustainability. The authors highlight both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. 

Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

Host Per Fagereng speaks with John Michael Greer author of "Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America." 

By shifting the conversation from whether today's American empire should survive to whether it can survive, and arguing persuasively that the answer to the above question is "no," Decline and Fall makes an invaluable contribution to the body of speculative post-industrial literature. 

Rwanda

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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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A short history of Rwanda

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, but to understand it we need to go back a century.

We'll look at the former kingdom of Rwanda, the misrule by two colonial powers, and the troubles that came with liberation and civil war.

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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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