Empire Power and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 141

Urban Rebellions and Racist Rhetoric Starting with some mainstream and social media analysis of the recent events in Baltimore, this week’s rant takes on the political language of racism, the effect that media propaganda has in indoctrinating that racism into its viewers, and the comparison of coverage of black and white riots in recent years. […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 140

“Have the Finance Ministers be Bastards” In the first half of the 1970s, the global economic, financial and monetary order underwent a series of catalytic changes and transformations. Relations between the rich and powerful nations, notably the United States, West Germany and Japan, had become tense and tumultuous. More problematic was that relations between these […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 139

Inside the IMF The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is one of the central and most powerful institutions in the system of global financial governance. This episode examines the structure and governance of the institution, it’s board, staff and committees, as well as the shareholding structure that ensures the IMF serves the interests of the United […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 138

The Institutions of Global Governance This episode attempts to provide a brief overview of some of the key institutions of global financial governance, specifically (though not exclusively) as it relates to Europe’s debt crisis. Included in the discussion is not simply the names of the institutions, but their roles, their leadership and internal governance structures, […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 137

Europe’s Technocratic Tyranny Throughout the course of the European debt crisis, unelected technocratic institutions have been the most important and influential in managing the EU’s response to the crisis and overall management of Europe’s economic governance. These institutions include the ‘Troika’ of the IMF, European Central Bank, and European Commission, but also secret meetings of […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 136

Economic Diplomacy & Global Financial Governance We know well the world of political diplomacy and international relations between states, where presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and secretaries of state engage in a game of power politics, expanding empire and using leverage to serve their own interests and desires. The same holds true for the world […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 135

The World Economic Forum & the Global Plutocracy This episode examines the history and role played by the World Economic Forum as a socializing institution for the emerging global class of plutocrats. Over the years and decades, the WEF has facilitated the spread of a distinctly Western ruling class to the far reaches of the […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 134

Institutional Racism & White Privilege This episode begins with a brief look at some of the social organizations and activist groups which have emerged out of the recent protests and social movement from Ferguson to New York and beyond, including a brief discussion on some radical activists that even got a private meeting with President […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 133

The United Slave States of America Something is happening in the United States. We now have a pre-Ferguson and post-Ferguson America, one in which the realities of black life, institutional racism, the criminal injustice system, drug war and internal colonization and exploitation have been made visible for all to see. Urban rebellions (or ‘riots’) erupted, […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 132

Technocratic Tyranny and Power Politics in China & the EU: A Comparison China and the EU appear to be two very different power systems, and indeed, there are no lack of differences. But the similarities between them reveal far more than their differences. Notably, the process of selecting the highest leadership in each case reveals […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 131

Chinese Power Politics & Dynastic Intrigue How is power organized and exercised within China? There are the obvious institutions: the Party, the State, the military, bureaucracy and state-owned enterprises which dominate the economy. But behind this lie the factions and families of the ruling oligarchy, with their descendants known as ‘Princelings’, amassing great wealth from […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 130

Kissinger: A Modern Machiavelli? Roughly 500 years ago, Machiavelli wrote ‘The Prince’ as an instruction manual for how a ‘Prince’ may gain and maintain power, in which he outlined influential notions, such as the concept that it is much better to be feared than loved, or that it is better to be miserly than generous. […]

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 128

Dynastic Dominance & Concentration This episode looks at some of the world’s most powerful and influential dynasties, having examined some of their financial holdings and the structures of their business and corporate empires. Organized largely through holding companies or family offices, these families control or hold influence in a vast array of institutions which in […]

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 […]