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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How US Empire Paved the Way for Islamic State

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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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How US Empire Paved the Way for Islamic State

Host Per Fagereng looks at how the US Empire paved the way for Islamic State.
 

Michael Klare on "There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order"

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Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Michael Klare on "There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael Klare about his recent article on TomDispatch.com, "There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order." 

Mike Lofgren on "The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government"

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Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Mike Lofgren on "The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Mike Lofgren about his new book, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, an insider’s account of who really runs Washington regardless of which party is in power.

Stephen F. Cohen on "Coalition or Cold War with Russia?"

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Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Stephen F. Cohen on "Coalition or Cold War with Russia?"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Russian Studies and Politics, New York University and Princeton University and Contributing Editor, The Nation magazine. His recent book is Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War.

Mr. Cohen recently spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California on "The Ukrainian Crisis - It's not All Putin's Fault."  In this interview he discusses his November 30th article in The Nation, "Coalition or Cold War with Russia?" written with his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation.

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

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Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Talbot about his new book, "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government," described by Lisa Pease as "an anecdotal biography of not just Allen Dulles but of the national security establishment that he helped create." Since the end of World War II, what some call the “deep state” has taken hold of the American Republic, stripping the citizens of meaningful control over national security issues, with CIA Director Allen Dulles playing a key early role.

John Feffer on "Splinterlands: The View from 2050"

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Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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John Feffer on "Splinterlands: The View from 2050"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with John Feffer about his article "Splinterlands: The View from 2050", posted on TomDispatch.com as "On the Verge of the Great Unraveling." 

John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and writes its regular World Beat column. His past essays, including those for Tomdispatch.com, can be read at his website, johnfeffer.com.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/

Some Questions about Banks, Debt, and Growth

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Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Some Questions about Banks, Debt, and Growth

Per follows up on last week's Fight the Empire show and talks some more about banks and debt and how much debt we really have. He also asks, "What is a state bank?" and "Will economic growth help pay off the debt?" And, "What about the price of oil?" He invites your calls with comments and/or questions at 503 231-8187.

Roger Lowenstein on his new book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve

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Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Roger Lowenstein on his new book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve

Presswatch is off today.

Per Fagereng hosts a one-hour edition of Fight the Empire with guest Roger Lowenstein talking about his new book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve, which tells the story of the drama-filled fight for the creation of the Federal Reserve.

Lowenstein chronicles a market meltdown, a banking collapse, a heated debate on the proper size of the federal government, and an ongoing struggle between interest rate hawks and doves, 

Mark Weisbrot on Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy

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Thu, 10/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mark Weisbrot on Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy

Per Fagereng hosts a special hour-long Fight the Empire with guest Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. They discuss Mark Weisbrot's latest book, Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy. They look at how political agendas are often at the root of long-term economic failures and - as in the Eurozone - can prolong financial crises unnecessarily

Fight the Empire on 10/15/15

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Thu, 10/15/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Mike Ruppert on the new Congress, peak oil and the future

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Thu, 01/06/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Mike Ruppert, author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. They will discuss the New Year, the new Congress, peak oil and the future. 

Per Fagereng speaks with historian Alfred McCoy

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Thu, 12/16/2010

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian Alfred McCoy about his article “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, Four Scenarios for the End of the American Century by 2025” McCoy says the demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.

www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175327/

Alfred McCoy is the noted University of Wisconsin historian and author most recently of Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State (and most famously) of The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.

Fight the Empire on 12/02/10

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Thu, 12/02/2010

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael W. Hudson about his new book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America - and Spawned a Global Crisis..

Michael W. Hudson is a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit journalism organization.  He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and as an investigator for the Center for Responsible Lending. He edited the award-winning book Merchants of Misery and appeared in the documentary film Maxed Out. He is also the winner of a George Polk Award

Cynthia Mckinney of Green Party talks about war, peace, and Bike4Peace

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Thu, 11/18/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews former Georgia Congressional Representative Cynthia McKinney a member of the Green Party since 2007. She served six terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives. In 2008, the Green Party nominated McKinney for President of the United States. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House.
They will discuss war and peace and McKinney's recent Bike4Peace cross-country group ride dubbed “Common Sense to Government."

David Barsamian on the elections and foreign policy

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Thu, 11/04/2010

 Host Per Fagereng interviews author and radio host David Barsamian about the elections and foreign policy.

David Barsamian will be speaking on "Elections & War" as well as a Q & A with audience members. This is a fundraiser for KBOO 
Community Radio. Friday, November 5, 2010; Doors at 7:00 PM
First Unitarian Church of Portland's Historic Eliot Chapel
1011 SW 12th Avenue
Tickets: $7 at the door.

David will also speak on "The Middle East and The Media" Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Troubadour Music Center, 521 SW 3rd street, Corvallis.

David Barsamian is the award winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. AR presents information and perspectives that are ignored or distorted in the corporate-controlled media. The one-hour program is broadcast on public radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. His interviews and articles appear in The Progressive, The Nation, Z and other journals and magazines.
He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Award and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His series of books with Chomsky, America's leading dissident, have sold in the hundreds of thousands and have been translated into many languages. His latest books are What We Say Goes with Noam Chomsky and Targeting Iran. He lectures all over the world. In December 2007, he gave the Eqbal Ahmad lectures in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan.

Mike Ruppert discusses Peak Oil and the looming Currency War

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Thu, 10/21/2010

Mike Ruppert, the founder and former editor of From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website dedicated to investigating political cover-ups. He is now CEO and President of Collapse Network, Inc. Mike Ruppert will discuss peak oil and the looming currency war.   Ruppert was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Collapse, in which he was interviewed about his theories, writings and life story. He is now dedicated to his weekly show on Progressive Radio Network, and his music, writing and playing songs with the band "New White Trash."

Fight the Empire on 10/07/10 with guest Ann Jones

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Thu, 10/07/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ann Jones about her new book, "War Is Not Over When It's Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War." This book is an investigation of what happens to women because of warfare. Ann Jones gave cameras to women to document their lives and conditions.

Ann Jones is a writer/photographer who says she has always been an outraged activist for civil rights, women's rights and peace. She is the author of seven previous books, including Kabul in Winter, Women Who Kill, and Next Time She'll Be Dead. Since 9/11, Jones has worked with women in conflict and post-conflict zones, principally Afghanistan, and reported on their concerns. An authority on violence against women, she has served as a gender adviser to the United Nations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Nation.

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Fight the Empire on 09/30/10, Host Per Fagereng interviews Gareth Porter

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Thu, 09/30/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews Gareth Porter, historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy.

Porter just wrote a piece titled "UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis 'Executed' U.S. Citizen Furkan Dogan," which states: "The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that U.S. citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.

   "The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground. ...
   "Although the report's revelations and conclusions about the killing of Dogan and the five other victims were widely reported in the Turkish media last week, not a single story on the report ... appeared in U.S. news media." http://www.truth-out.org/un-fact-finding-mission-says-israelis-executed-us-citizen-furkan-dogan63609

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Raed Jarrar on Iraq and Iran

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Thu, 09/16/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-born political analyst and Iraq consultant with the American Friends Service Committee. He recently wrote "End of War in Iraq or Rebranding of Occupation? Neither."

http://www.kabobfest.com/2010/08/end-of-war-in-iraq-or-rebranding-of-occupation-neither.html

Andrew Bacevich: "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War"

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Thu, 08/19/2010
Host Per Fagereng interviews professor and retired Army colonel Andrew Bacevich about his new book Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War. Bacevich presents the origins of the unchanging American military policy which was forged at a moment when American power was at its height. He also exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie our pervasive faith in military might.
Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He is the author of The Limits of Power and The New American Militarism. His writing has appeared in "Foreign Affairs," "The Atlantic Monthly," "The Nation," "The New York TImes," "The Washington Post," and "The Wall Street Journal."

Bacevich spent twenty-three years serving in the US Army. His son Andrew J. Bacevich, Jr., was killed in action in Iraq in 2007 by an improvised explosive device. 

 

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