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 04/04/13

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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 03/21/13

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Mel Goodman on "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism"

Host Per Fagereng interviews Mel Goodman about his new book "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism."

"Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what's gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military, and now, inNational Insecurity, he tells us what we must do to change the way the system works, and how to fix it. Goodman is not only telling us how to save wasted billions--he is also telling us how to save ourselves." -- Seymour M. Hersh, "The New Yorker."

Fight the Empire on 03/07/13

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A look at the Columbia River Crossing

With the price of gasoline rising and people driving less, do we need a monster highway boondoggle? Our legislature has approved $450 million for the Columbia River Crossing. Economist Joe Cortright, chair of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, says it's a bad deal for Oregon.

Fight the Empire on 02/21/13

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Interview with David Yallop

Pope John Paul 1 didn't have time to become a superstar. He was pope for only 33 days and then he died in September 1978. Some say he was murdered.

Thursday's guest will be investigative writer David Yallop author of In God's Name. He believes John Paul 1 was murdered and gives reasons why. The Pope was investigating the Vatican Bank and the notorious P-2 Masonic Lodge. He seemed about to change the church's position on birth control. He was making enemies. 

 

 

 

Fight the Empire on 02/07/13

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Pepe Escobar on Africa and gold

The guest will be author and journalist Pepe Escobar. We'll look at the fighting in Mali and the new global gold rush. The future of the privileged US dollar may well be at stake.

Fight the Empire on 01/17/13

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Interview with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States

Today's guests will be film director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick. They have produced a ten-part television series and a 700-page book -- The Untold History of the United States -- revealing things we didn't learn in school

Fight the Empire on 01/03/13

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Christian Parenti discusses "The Limits To Growth."

Forty years ago a ground-breaking book was published, called "The Limits To Growth." MIT researchers used computer models to project a future world economy, and many of the results pointed to collapse. Thursday's guest will be author Christian Parenti, to discuss "The Limits To Growth" and where it leads.

Fight the Empire on 12/20/12

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History and events in Syria

As the year comes to an end we'll look at events in Syria, their links to past and future, and the chaos spreading beyond borders.

Fight the Empire on 12/06/12

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Tamim Ansary about his new book Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan

 Host Per Fagereng speaks with writer Tamim Ansary about his new book Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan.

In GAMES WITHOUT RULES Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every 40 to 60 years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made.

Fight the Empire on 11/15/12

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Alfred McCoy on “Beyond Bayonets and Battleships, Space Warfare and the Future of U.S. Global Power”

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian and author Alfred McCoy, about his recent piece on TomDispatch.com about the Pentagon’s dreams and plans for maintaining U.S. preeminence on planet Earth from the ground to outer space via an array of new robotic weaponry now in development.  McCoy is famous for his book on the CIA and heroin (which the Agency tried unsuccessfully to suppress). McCoy's latest book is Endless Empire.

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Sarah Levy on Gaza genocide

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Fri, 07/18/2014
Sarah Levy, of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and the International Socialist Organization, speaks out against the Israeli assault on Gaza and reads a stunning poem by Nisha Adarkar.

The Struggle for Venezuela's Future - Eva Maria

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Thu, 05/29/2014
Eva Maria, Venezuelan-born member of the Portland chapter of the  International Socialist Organization, speaks at Portland State University May 29th, 2014 on current conflicts, the history and future of Venezuela's struggle to establish "Socialism for the 21st Century"
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Ali Abunimah on "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" at Portland State, May 13, 2014

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Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American journalist and leader of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid, speaks to an overflow audience at Portland State University on May 13th, 2014.  Abunimah has been described as the leading American proponent of a "one-state solution"  to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He was in Portland as part of a tour, sponsored by Haymarket Books, to promote his latest work "The Battle for Justice in Palestine."
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America's Shifting Imperial Strategy (at Palestine/Middle East conference)

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Sat, 04/27/2013

Ashley Smith, author of "Obama's Pivot to Asia" in the current International Socialist Review, addresses the April 27, 2013 conference at Portland State University on "Palestine, Imperialism and the New Middle East" sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)

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Next Steps for the Arab Uprisings

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Todd Cretien, a long time Palestine solidarity activist from the Bay Area, writes for the International Socialist Review and SocialistWorker.org.  This talk was given at the Portland State University conference "Palestine, Imperialism and the New Middle East", sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights on April 27, 2013.

Building International Solidarity with the Arab Uprisings (Plenary)

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Sat, 04/27/2013

A panel at the evening plenary session of the "Palestine, Imperialism, and the New Middle East", a conference sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Human Rights at Portland State University on April 27, 2013.  Speakers are Todd Chretien, Palestine activist and journalist with the International Socialist Review; Suzan Boulad, a Syrian-American involved in support to the revolutionary civilian councils in Aleppo and Idlib;  Sarah Farahat, an interdisciplinary Egyptian-American artist whose works have been exhibited worldwide; and Kelly L, an activist with SUPER and the Portland Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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Syria

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Thu, 08/02/2012

Host Per Fagereng talks about Syria and takes listener calls

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James Howard Kunstler on his new book TOO MUCH MAGIC

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, a shocking vision for our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders.

In the seven years since its first publication, many of Kunstler’s warnings from The Long Emergency have proved prophetic, and now in his new book, TOO MUCH MAGIC: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation, Kunstler argues there is now compelling evidence that the long emergency – a period of increasing resource shortfalls, gradual economic decline, and a forced change in humanity’s lifestyle – has already begun.

James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of eleven novels, including World Made By Hand and The Witch of Hebron, and four nonfiction books, including The Long Emergency.

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Tom Engelhardt on The History and Future of Drone Warfare

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Thu, 06/21/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, co-author with Nick Turse of the new book, "Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050."

The drone has been a remarkable fantasy weapon -- our version of Terminator planet -- and a blood-stained one as well. Increasingly, however, its reality is proving grimly mundane and far less like that of a sci-fi movie. But drones remain the weak sisters of the weapons world. They tend to crash at an alarming rate due to weather, mechanical failures, and computer glitches, leaving shattered silver-screen techno-dreams of cheap, error-free, futuristic warfare in the dust.” The Holy Grail of drone ops, the ability of an aircraft to linger over suspected target areas for long durations, has similarly proven disappointingly limited.

In other words drones are quickly turning from can-do into can’t-do weapons. And yet, they are also proliferating. Engelhardt and Turse say tomorrow’s drone warfare will likely mean ‘more’ in one other area: more dead civilians.

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INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror

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Thu, 05/17/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews intelligence historian Matthew Aid, author of INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror, a detailed overview of U.S. intelligence since President Obama’s election which finds more problems than solutions.

Matthew M. Aid is the author of Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror (January 2012) and The Secret Sentry, the definitive history of the National Security Agency. He is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA.

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