Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 129

Finance and Technocracy For the ability of the ruling global financial mafia to maintain and protect its national and global power, the development and proliferation of technocracy has been a necessary corollary. Technocracy – or “rule by experts” – emanates from educational institutions and the social sciences, primarily, and is heavily institutionalized within think tanks, […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 127

The Network of Global Financial Governance What exactly are financial markets? Can they be identified? This episode begins to portray a complex, yet identifiable network of governance in financial markets, made up of the top banks, financial institutions, asset managers and insurers in the world, coupled with the top industry associations, lobby groups, and think […]

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, 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 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” […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 84

The Global Cartel: Central Banks & Financial Markets What is the nature of financial markets? What are central banks and how are they controlled? These two areas are heavily overlapped, with private banks playing a leading role in the shaping of policy and institutions. Financial markets influence central banks, and central banks influence financial markets, […]