Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 125

Outlines of Power

EPPA discussion stemming from my outline for my book, with a focus on telling the story of power and resistance in the modern world, through the institutions of dynasty, education, social engineering, finance, economy, power politics and resistance and revolution of the populations. Whether it's the United States, Russia, Europe, or Turkey, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, China or Egypt, we see parallels in power structures, with oligarchs and family dynasties ruling entire nations and regions, engaging in a game of power politics between themselves and against the population, at home and abroad. These brief outlines of power structures provide an introduction to understanding the world we live in, and how we can work to change it.

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  1. Thank you, Andrew. (BTW, I was relieved you didn’t actually say “known unknowns”.)

  2. Andrew your unique. Your delivery to us, your audience, shows the love and care for your work and reminds me why I love listening to your rants. The fact you rant in English words is really helpful. I love your sharing of thought and assisting the world of people who are building understanding. That is what I have always really implicitly understood and it always helps me listening to you because I try and assist youngsters to understand the world they are moving into. 🙂 I’m only a couple of minutes in, but I love the complete ravings of this lunatic! What a line … you do always find your footing (land on your feet) and your compulsive process sounds like a pragmatic path. The wobbles makes it a human story. Ultimate truth is the process of understanding or as you say it is the journey not the destination. Oh now your moving onto the point. I’m stopping typing now and posting to listen. Thanks again, love your work.

  3. The idea of some kind of division or sections in your work (chapters/books/volumes?) that is organized along the lines of family dynasties whom are located in countries sounds really accessible. Another point you made about the narrative then a single “conceptual” narrative of the structures (cultures) of power reacting to localized resistance to power sounds really coherent and accessible for all. Another idea I was inspired to think more about whilst listening s that established specialized languages in fields of academia and institutions of powers role in and or relationship to power. GREAT narratives to weave through the work. Best of all you are building teaching tools in a language we can use to teach the next generation of resistance. I hope that helps to clarify the depth of my meaning when I say I love your work. Now, I’ve got to escape the strangulation of thinking in words and go and paint a battle between the dot and the straight line. Thanks again for laying the process bare and explaining the goal a little more clearly it is a really good use of your life to do this work and it inspires me to think about how to communicate these things or forge a narrative that incorporates power and resistance in my social studies class in order to circumvent docility and passivity. A colleague today shared an idea with me Andrew. If you really want to know about power and people in any place or time and you have not studied the rudimentary fundamentals of how the children are forged into a common sense then you may wish to review some of your own lenses and make sure their is a cute little one in your pocket for those little people. WINK! One of those Xicha challenges. Anyway, after, he said that in a conversation that was mainly focused on the Ancient history (Song Tang China), I thought dam AGM that is a missing piece of your puzzle. Although you have written about influences on education and influences on policy etc. I thought maybe a little on each dynasty locale should also speak of POWER that touches most PEOPLE when States organize. etc. mmm thinking

  4. You know those narratives that start with little (insert name here) starts at school and there embodies the ‘common sense’ as the lens pulls back the narrative starts to take in more of the locale and reveals all that you do. Thinking about your Epic problem of the delivery system to the People to learn of their story and through reading are educated about their world in a way they hadn’t thought about it before is so important. Also as discussed for ages here on the show it also attacks our enemy apathy. So these narratives should demonstrate the empowering of these little characters as the lens pulls back and as they increase their understanding they increase their agency and so to the reader feels empowered etc. Mmmm thinking

  5. perhaps this is my book to write based on your research – BLINK no no no where is the paint brush

  6. This was another excellent episode. I like your rant-rambling style, I find it very easy to listen to and follow. I can only echo the sentiment above – if you’re trying to tell an accessible story about the real functions of power, how elitist and populist power conflicts and relates then a Dynasty-style narrative would be a great way to do it. I can appreciate given the academic quality (if not style) of your work can make it a real challenge to figure out how to tell people about it who aren’t already engaged in this way.

  7. Mihiri Lim says:

    Dear Andrew,
    Thank you for the podcast. I find your style of delivery easy to follow. It is also interesting to see that you don’t use emotion to convey your message. Even when it came to Kissinger your tone of voice hardly changed. It is very refreshing and engaging in a very non threatening way.

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