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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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?

Fight the Empire on 03/19/15

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Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 03/05/15

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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 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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