Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 108

Georgia: Prelude to Ukraine? In 2008, the small Eastern European nation of Georgia invaded the breakaway province of South Ossetia, bombing Russian peacekeeping forces in the process, and prompting a Russian military invasion of Georgia itself. This war was the result of years of US and NATO moves to the east, building relations and increasing […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 106

NATO, the IMF & the ‘New Imperial Age’ in Ukraine At the end of the Cold War, a ‘new world order’ was announced alongside declarations of ‘the end of history’. The United States – and with it, state-capitalist ‘democracy’ – reigned victorious over all other forms of social organization. The object, then, was to expand […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 105

Anarchy, Socialism and Free Markets In this rant of Empire, Power and People, I try to begin a discussion on the subject of anarchism: beginning with discussing some fundamental principles of anarchist thought in questioning and legitimacy of all power structures. From there, ideas of socialism and free market “libertarianism” are discussed and critiqued. If […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 102

Methods of Research for Financial Markets How does one go about researching and trying to understand the complexities of global financial markets and the economic and monetary order? Where does one even start? In this episode, I explain my research project – the People’s Book Project – and how I have been doing my research […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 101

Central Banks, Foreign Reserves & the Role of the U.S. Dollar There has been a great deal of commentary about the seemingly inevitable decline of the US dollar, and its replacement as the international reserve currency. This may be inevitable, in the sense that all through history, no single currency has remained as the central […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 99

Trading Away the Future This week, the 159 nations of the WTO are meeting in Bali to try to push through the long-stalled Doha Round of trade talks aimed at establishing a global trade agreement. Simultaneously, efforts are moving quickly ahead on two ‘mega-regional’ trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – involving some 12 countries […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 98

The Future of Philanthropy Philanthropy – or more specifically philanthropic foundations – have had an enormous and largely unacknowledged position of influence in modern society, aimed largely at securing ‘social control’ (i.e., protecting the social hierarchy) through efforts of social engineering (i.e., promoting reform, policies, programs, ideologies and institutions aimed to adapt the existing system […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 97

Consulting for Oligarchs What is a global consulting firm? What are the most influential firms, and what is it that they do? Consulting firms work for clients that include governments, banks, corporations, international organizations and think tanks. Taking the example of one such prominent institution – the Group of Thirty – we can see that […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 96

Central Banking and the Madness of Markets What is the purpose of central banks? How do they function, whose interest do they serve? How have they evolved over the years? Commonly referred to as ‘lenders of last resort,’ they are now also known as ‘market makers of last resort,’ once subjected to the ‘fiscal dominance’ […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 95

Understanding the Global Political Awakening Zbigniew Brzezinski has – for years – articulated a concept of what he calls the “global political awakening,” referring to the growing restlessness and political activism of the masses of mankind as representing the central challenge to global power structures. This episode goes over many of Brzezinski’s speeches and writing […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 94

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate After a recent visit to the United States, I was struck by the level of knowledge and disgust of young Americans I met had toward U.S. foreign policy and toward the concept of Empire. In a time at which the American empire is expanding its technological […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 93

The Mexican Drug War Between 2006 and 2012, between 100,000 and 125,000 people have been killed in the Mexican drug war, and the deaths have continued into 2013. Starting with a fraudulent 2006 presidential election, the Mexican drug war has been financed by the US, has had covert US government programs deliver weapons to the […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 92

Empire in Africa Obama has expanded Special Operations warfare around the world to over 100 countries. This global war has taken on a new focus on the continent of Africa, where the Obama administration quietly announced the deployment of troops to 35 countries, largely to train domestic repressive military forces. Drone bases are being built […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 91

Empire of Debt This episode examines the contours of how debt relates to imperialism in the modern world, noting its recent history from the oil price shocks to the 1980s debt crisis, the implementation of neoliberal reforms, central bank “independence” and the power of financial markets. Debt functions as a means of dependency and discipline, […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 90

The Very Visible Hand of Financial Markets Today Thus goes the mythology, financial markets – like most markets – are said to be guided by an “invisible hand.” Like most mythology, it has little basis in fact. Today, financial markets are in actuality a “super-entity” cartel of global financial institutions, manifested as a “global supra-government” […]