Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 15

The Road to Revolution What is a Revolution? Is it desirable? How do we get there? Far from the idea of usurping power – whether violently or peacefully – or promoting a single politician to a position of power with the hope of “revolutionizing” society, a true revolution is a coordinated and globally expansive idea […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 14

Black Power: From Harlem to Haiti and Hanoi What is Black Power? When, where, how, and why did it emerge? Taking a look at the Civil Rights movement in the broader context of a Black Liberation Movement, we must examine the concept of Black Power, and look to the revolutionary philosophers of action who both […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 13

Canada’s Rockefellers: The Name is Power People know the name Rockefeller: from the oil barons, to the bankers and industrialists, politicians and think tanks, foundations, universities and in the whole realm of globalization, the name Rockefeller is synonymous with power and oligarchy. There is another name, just north of the border, which is also known […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 12

The College Crisis We are in the midst of a major college crisis: more students than ever before are graduating with professional educations and immense debt into a jobless market with no opportunities. The result of such a scenario, as any historian would warn, is the development of social unrest, dissatisfaction, rebellion, and potentially, revolution. […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 11

Phony 2012 What are the broader motivations and implications behind the Kony 2012 video? Taking a look at the geopolitics of the region, its recent history, and Western subsidies for dictatorships (“dictatorship by franchise”) as well as profiting off of genocide (such as in the Congo), the Kony 2012 video is designed as an emotional […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 10

The Road to Tehran The Western imperial powers seem intent on regime change in Iran. It has been said that, “the road to Tehran is through Damascus,” and such sentiments have been expressed by the King of Saudi Arabia, a ruthless tyrant who represses his own and neighboring populations (such as in Bahrain), and who […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 9

American Imperial Adventures in Asia The American Empire had an early start in East and Southeast Asia, beginning with a U.S. Marine invasion of an Indonesian town in 1832, another Indonesian town in 1839, and a brief occupation of Danang (Vietnam) in 1846. From there, the United States sought to expand its commercial hegemony and […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 8

“Black History in the United States: Slavery, Segregation, and Social Control” In a highly critical black history of the United States, this episode examines the social construction of race (and racism) starting in the late 1600s as a means of social control, devised through the colonial legal system to separate white and black labour, prison […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 7

Empire in the Arab World Taking a look at the historical realities of Western imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa following World War II allows us to place current conflicts in a wider context and understanding. Briefly looking at the coup in Iran in 1953, the Egyptian Suez Crisis in 1956, the Syrian […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 6

“Understanding the Arab Spring” Seeking to place the Arab Spring within a wider geopolitical and social context, this episode draws a thread through the middle of many critical interpretations of the events in the Arab world, those which view the uprisings as authentic and organic democratic revolts, and those which view them as a Western […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 5

Fiscal Austerity or Social Genocide? In light of the current global economic crisis, there is a question that should be asked and discussed in regards to what our leaders are telling us is required to solve the crisis: what is fiscal austerity? We are told that “fiscal austerity” measures are required to create economic growth […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 4

What is the Nature of Power? How does power function? What are the effects of power? Is it necessary? This episode seeks to introduce the listener to some thoughts on the concept of power, in both the concentration of it on one hand, and the lack of it on the other. Power can be concentrated […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 3

Punishing the Population: The United States in Haiti & the Dominican Republic This podcast episode examines the early 20th century United States military occupations of Haiti (1915-1934) and the Dominican Republic (1916-1924), undertaken as an imposition of the Monroe Doctrine (1823) declaring Latin America as the “backyard” of the United States. The ruthless military occupations, […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 2

Power, Propaganda, and Purpose in American Democracy This podcast examines a concept of power that emerged in the early 20th century United States, born of social unrest and elite fears of revolution, this new conception sought to redefine democracy for the 20th century. That new definition was based upon using propaganda in order to “engineer […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 1

The American Empire, In Their Own Words This episode takes a critical look at the development of the American Empire during and after World War II, using official State Department documents, formerly top secret documents from the Council on Foreign Relations, and other official sources. Comparing the statements and ideas of those who formed the […]