Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 48

Private Power & Public Pressure: Corporations, Think Tanks & Social Engineering Taking up questions from listeners related to the influence of think tanks and consumer culture, this episode examines the institutional function – ideology, actions, and evolution – of think tanks, corporations, and foundations in social engineering. Think tanks bring together elites from academic, corporate, […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 40

Drug War or Class War? To understand the nature of the drug war, one must turn to history, and notably, the history of prohibition in the United States, directed against what were called the “dangerous classes,” such as poor immigrants and workers, Mexicans and blacks. Prohibition of drugs is a method of social control, turning […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 39

Psychociety Taking a look at the use of psychiatry and psychology in social control and social engineering. From the days of ‘mad doctors’ to modern day pharmacological approaches to the mind, the concept of a ‘cure’ is associated with brain damage, while the definition of madness or ‘mental illness’ is in a constant state of […]

Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement

The student strikes in Quebec, which began in February and have lasted for three months, involving roughly 175,000 students in the mostly French-speaking Canadian province, have been subjected to a massive provincial and national media propaganda campaign to demonize and dismiss the students and their struggle. The following is a list of ten points that […]

The Purpose of Education: Social Uplift or Social Control?

The Path to Deconstructing Democracy In Part 1 of this series, I examined the elite assault on education – through the Chamber of Commerce, right-wing think tanks, and the Trilateral Commission – which arose in response to the massive social and political activist movements of the 1960s. The threat of popular democratic participation – that […]

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 […]

An Empire of Poverty: Race, Punishment, and Social Control

Slavery & the Social Construction of Race By Andrew Gavin Marshall Between 1619 and 1860, the American legal system, from that imposed by the British Empire to that constructed following the American Revolution, “expanded and protected the liberties of white Americans – while at the same time the legal process became increasingly more harsh as […]