The New American Imperialism
Program #CHON207. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on April 02, 2010.Imperial systems are sustained not only through violence or its threat but through a network of client states and dependent regimes. Take Mubarak of Egypt. After rigging the most recent election he is now Egypt's longest running ruler since the Pharaoh Ramses the Second. Not content with that distinction he once again extended emergency rule which he introduced in 1981. Hardly a peep from Washington because Mubarak serves its interests in the Middle East. And the free press? Well, from Lippmann and Reston of days gone by to Friedman and Brooks today there is a steady chorus of support for U.S. policy. Actual U.S. imperial history, past and present, is often a concoction of fantasies, gaping omissions, selected facts, and unsubstantiated opinion. Orwell described the process, "Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth." Interviewed by David Barsamian.
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