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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Connecting history with the latest world events

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Christmas Day Bombing Attempt-- A False Flag Operation?

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Thu, 01/21/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews investigative reporter Wayne Madsen about whether the Christmas day bombing attempt was a false flag operation.

James Kunstler: Predictions for 2010 and Beyond

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Thu, 01/07/2010

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Kunstler, author of numerous books including World Made By Hand, The Long Emergency, and The Geography of Nowhere. He discusses his predictions for 2010 and the future in general. 

 

History of Empire and the Imperial Doings of 2009

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Thu, 12/17/2009

Per Fagering goes back in time to review the history of empire.  Next he covers "the imperial doings" of 2009.

Michael Ruppert talks about new film: "Collapse"

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Thu, 11/19/2009

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with investigative journalist and writer Mike Ruppert, whose books include "Crossing the Rubicon" and "A Presidential Energy Policy". They talk about the new film, "Collapse."  which features Mike Ruppert discussing his life and his work on peak oil issues.

 

Lisa Pease: Irregularities in the Lockerbie Bombing Conviction

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Thu, 09/03/2009

 Per Fagereng talks with information activist, Lisa Pease, about the recent release of the man convicted for the Lockerbie bombing.  They'll discuss the irregularities in the case.  Was Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi framed?  Find out more about it on Fight the Empire.    For more information from Lisa Pease, her website is:  http://www.realhistoryarchives.com/

Rick Rozoff: United Nations Subverted with NATO Expansion

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Wed, 08/19/2009

Host Per Fagering talks with Rick Rozoff, peace activist and writer with the Global Research website, about how NATO continues to expand despite hopes of the "peace dividend,"  how the United Nations is being subverted in conjunction with NATO expansion, and how wars such as in Afghanistan are carried out under the notion of "protecting global resources."   

Tom Hayden

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Wed, 08/05/2009

Host Per Fagereng talks with activist and politician Tom Hayden.

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Zaher Wahab

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Wed, 07/15/2009

Professor Zaher Wahab, recently back from Afghanistan, interviewed by Fight the Empire Host,Per Fagereng.

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Norman Solomon: How is War Spending Gutting our State Coffers?

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Fri, 07/03/2009

Per Fagereng speaks with Norman Solomon about the State Budget Crises, with a focus on California.  How is war spending gutting our State coffers? NormanNorman Solomon Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He has been writing the weekly "Media Beat" column since 1992.

Iran: Elections, Power and Protest

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Wed, 06/17/2009
Muhammad Sahimi

Theresa Mitchell of Presswatch is on break this week and next. Instead we hear a special 1-hour "Fight the Empire" show with Per Fagereng. The topic is Iran: Elections, Power and Protest. The guest is Muhammed Sahimi, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California. Several of his articles about the election are available at: http://tehranbureau.com/?s=+MUHAMMAD+SAHIMI .
     He also recently wrote a New York Times oped titled "Iran's Power Struggle." He contrasted Iran's election system with U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

 

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