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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Michael Klare on Big Oil in Retreat

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Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Michael Klare on Big Oil in Retreat
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael T. Klare about his article on Big Oil in Retreat, which argues that  the dynamics of the energy industry may be changing in a way that could sink Canada’s vast tar sands enterprise in a sea of red ink.  If so, the tar sands industry, already hit hard by the plunge in oil prices last year, may face an even more rugged future.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176035/tomgram%3A_michael_klare,_big_oil_in_retreat/

Fight the Empire on 08/06/15

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Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

The Future of Greece

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Thu, 07/16/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Future of Greece
Host Per Fagereng discusses the options for Greece in the future and how that relates to the future of Europe.

Economist James Henry on "Failed State: Greece or European Union?"

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Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Economist James Henry on "Failed State: Greece or European Union?"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with investigative journalist, economist and lawyer James S. Henry, former chief economist at the international consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. He is now senior fellow at the Columbia University Center for Sustainable International Investment. They talk about "Failed State: Greece or European Union?"  

The Great Game Goes On

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Thu, 06/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An hour-long special taking listener calls.

The Great Game is 200 years old. It began as the struggle between the British Empire and Russia for control of Central Asia. It continued when the United States supported Islamic fighters against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Those fighters morphed into al Qaeda and Islamic State, and now there is evidence the US is using them against Russia and China.

Thursday Fight The Empire will be on for a full hour and will be taking your calls. Can today's wars and terrorist outrages be related to an age-old conflict? Bring your questions and insights, and help provide an answer.

Image: Mural of War (1896), by Gari Melchers

The China Mirage -- a fatal delusion

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Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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An interview with James Bradley, author of The China Mirage

For many centuries China was the richest nation in the world. Then it was brought  low by the forced importation of opium on the part of Britain and the United States. But American missionaries persisted in the delusion that China's great need was western guidance and Christian religion. The Wise Men of Washington bought into the delusion, and all were shocked when the Communists under Mao Zedong defeated China's westernized elites.

Thursday, June 4 Per Fagereng will talk with James Bradley, author of The China Mirage. Bradley's father was one of the fighting men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima, in a war that was born in delusion and duplicity.

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?

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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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