Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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The Costs of Imperialism

Part 1: New World Notes #285 (August 20):

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Part 2: New World Notes #286 (August 27):

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In brief 

A brilliant, witty speech by Progressive political scientist Michael Parenti, delivered in 1994.  First in a New World Notes series of classic talks by Parenti.

In Part 1, Parenti argues that the U.S. is an imperial power.  However, the goal of this empire is not national glory but rather increasing the profits of the Fortune 500.  He shows how "neoimperialism" has replaced "direct-rule" imperialism, how empires cannibalize the republics from which they sprang, and how imperialism is a matter of class politics more than national politics.

In Part 2, Parenti develops his point that empires are about class and wealth, not nationalism. Empires are ruinously expensive, but the expense is paid by [what we would now call] the 99% in order to make the 1% even richer. The costs include not only dollars but also environmental damage, the gutting of the civilian economy, loss of liberty, degradation of politics and public discourse, increasing poverty, many deaths and injuries of our soldiers, and many others.

The gloomy picture is enlivened by Parenti's trademark wit and humor.
With many examples from recent U.S. history.  Introduction by K.D.

Note: In Part 1, Parenti and I each discuss the U.S.'s glorious military victory over the island nation of Grenada. This year marks our great triumph's 30th anniversary!

Michael Parenti


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Surveillance Then and Now

New World Notes #284 (August 13)

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View of the National Security Agency campus, 
Fort Meade, Maryland. (Click to enlarge.)

In brief

The National Security Agency and its predecessors have been spying on Americans for 95 years. This program features selections from a witty lecture on NSA history by James Bamford. Plus relevant music by Roy Zimmerman and Anne Feeney.

Question: If NSA sometimes ignores orders from the President, who do they report to?

With a new introduction (August 2013).  Originally broadcast as New World Notes #18 (June, 2008). Bamford segment courtesy of Mike McCormick & his Mind Over Matters radio program.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dog Day Afternoon at the Movies

New World Notes #283 (August 6):

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In brief

Three short documentary films on fossil fuels, pollution, and the environment:
  • 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds by the Post Carbon Institute (Richard Heinberg)
  • The Story of Cap & Trade by Annie Leonard
  • The Story of Electronics by Annie Leonard
This is a rerun of NWN #178 (August 2, 2011).

Photo: Still from The Last Picture Show (Click to enlarge.)