Empire Power and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall

Empire Power and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 109

Globalization’s ‘Game of Thrones’ In the popular television show – and the books it was based upon – we are witness to the internal politics, passions and power-plays of the main ruling dynasties of a fictional world, vying for power, going to war, conniving and controlling, killing and cooperating in a Machiavellian manner. The modern [...]

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 107

Ukraine, Central Banks & Financial Markets Starting with a discussion on Ukraine’s IMF bailout and the reorganization of its central bank, this episode looks at the issue of financial warfare, waged by financial markets and central banks, as well as central banking ideology, inflation and other issues related to the dominance and functions of the [...]

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 104

Ukraine Stuck in the Middle The current crisis in Ukraine is the result of a long struggle for regional hegemony between the West and Russia, which was in fact largely prompted by the European Union’s aggressive negotiating strategies. With an internal coup, moves for Crimean secession, fascists in power and in the streets, growing tensions [...]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 103

Bankers Meet in Secret; Emerging Markets Face Trouble In this episode of Empire, Power, and People, I examine the history and relevance of the International Monetary Conference (IMC) – an annual meeting of hundreds of the world’s top bankers who meet privately with policy makers and central bankers – which began in 1954 and continues [...]

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 100

Domingo Cavallo, Argentina & the Tyranny of Financial Markets Meet Domingo Cavallo, the financial destroyer of Argentina. This – the 100th episode of Empire, Power and People – examines the role of Cavallo in managing the neoliberal restructuring of Argentina which led directly to the dramatic crisis the country faced in 2001. Through this case [...]

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 [...]