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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Fight the Empire on 11/03/11

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Thu, 11/03/2011

Host Per Fagereng interviews Brian Terrell, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

There have been a string of attacks on Western forces in Afghanistan this week, killing over 20 troops.
On Tuesday the trial of the Hancock Drone Resisters began. The Resisters are 38 people from throughout Central New York and beyond who converged on Syracuse, New York on April 22, 2011 to protest the piloting of hunter-killer Reaper drones at Hancock Air National Guard Base. They participated in a die-in at the main entrance, symbolizing the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan by drones. 

Brian Terrell is one of the 38 people being charged in the trial. Terrell says, "Members of the New York National Guard are sitting in front of computers and operating drones with a mouse or joystick that fire hellfire missiles, killing people in Afghanistan 6,000 miles away. Then they go home to a warm dinner."

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Richard Heinberg on "The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality"

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Thu, 10/20/2011

 Host Per Fagereng speaks with author, educator and speaker Richard Heinberg about his new book The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

Richard Heinberg’s latest book goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors: resource depletion, environmental impacts, and crushing levels of debt.
 
The End of Growth describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

Michael Hudson looks at lender fraud, corruption

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Thu, 09/15/2011

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Hudson, Staff Writer at iWatch News about the legacy of corruption that still plagues Bank of America and a pattern of fraud at Countrywide Financial Corp., once the nation’s largest mortgage lender.

Michael Hudson covers business and finance for iWatch News. He has worked as a staff writer at the Roanoke (Va.) Times and the Wall Street Journal. The Columbia Journalism Review called him the reporter who “beat the world on subprime abuses.” His book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America--And Spawned a Global Crisis, was named “Book of the Year” by Baltimore City Paper.

www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/22/6687/countrywide-protected-fraudsters-silencing-whistleblowers-say-former-employees

www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/23/6706/mortgage-industry-tanks-fraud-continues-countrywide

Libya: Qaddafi, the neighborhood bully? NATO, the mafia?

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Thu, 09/15/2011

 Per Fagering connecting history with the latest world events focusses on Libya, and ponders "Who's worse, the local thug or a shadowy organization with tentacles everywhere?"  He starts out with an article from Afro: "Walter Fauntroy, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home—Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing?" 

The S&P Downgrade -- insider Trading? Who benefits?

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Thu, 09/01/2011

 "Titanic Battle or Insider Trading? The S&P Downgrade and the Bilderbergers: All Part of the Plan?"

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ellen Brown, author of "Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free (Revised and Updated)" about her recent article, "Titanic Battle or Insider Trading? The S&P Downgrade and the Bilderbergers: All Part of the Plan?" 

Stephen Glain: "State vs. Defense, the Battle to Define America's Empire"

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Thu, 08/18/2011

Per Fagering hosts Stephen Glain, author of State vs. Defense,  the Battle to Define America's Empire,  described as a masterful account of how sixty years of American militarism created the Cold War, fanned decades of unnecessary conflict, helped to fuel Islamist terror, and threatens to bankrupt the country. In eye-opening fashion, State vs. Defense shows how America truly operates as a superpower and explores the constant tension between the diplomats at State and the warriors at Defense.

"In crisp, authoritative writing, the author sets down some scathing portraits, from MacArthur to Rumsfeld, and in a powerful conclusion, exposes the disequilibrium between the U.S. civilian versus military resources throughout the world and the continued “appeasement” by President Obama to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A work of smoldering focus and marshaled evidence."--Kirkus Reviews

Stephen Glain has been a journalist for twenty years. He spent four years in Hong Kong writing for the local South China Morning Post before joining the Wall Street Journal in 1991 with stints in Tokyo, Seoul, and then Tel Aviv and Amman. His book Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants was named the best book of 2004 by online magazine The Globalist. His articles on U.S. foreign policy, East Asia, and the Arab world have appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Nation, the Financial Times, Gourmet, Smithsonian, Newsweek, The National, and elsewhere. Visit his website at www.StephenGlain.com.

The debt ceiling fiasco: an update with economist Richard Wolff

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Thu, 08/04/2011

Economist Richard Wolff returns returns to Fight the Empire with an update on the debt ceiling fiasco. (Host Per Fagereng also hosted Wolff 2 weeks ago on 7/21/11.) 

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

Richard Wolff on The Economy and the Capitalist Crisis

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Thu, 07/21/2011

Host Per Fagereng hosts a special one-hour Fight the Empire show with economist Richard Wolff on the economy and the global capitalist crisis. Your calls welcome at 503 231-8187.

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

www.rdwolff.com/

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Peter Bergen on his recent book “The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda”

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Thu, 07/07/2011

Peter Bergen is the national security analyst for CNN. In his recent book The Longest War, Bergen writes that Osama bin Laden fell victim to hubris. With his 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, according to Bergen, bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization over-reached and paid the price.

Afghanistan Present and Future; Talk Radio

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Fri, 06/24/2011

Host Per Fagereng interviews Professor Zaher Wahab and journalist Gareth Porter about Afghanistan, Obama's announcement about troops there, and the future of the country.

Zaher Wahab is Professor of Education at Lewis and Clark College and a native of Afghanistan. Dr. Wahab served as senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan 2002-2006 and as a visiting researcher-professor in a masters degree program for teacher education faculty from Afghanistan’s 16 teacher training colleges 2007-2010. He has been spending about four months annually in that country since 2002. He just returned from three months in Afghanistan.

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