Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 147

From Balance of Payments to Balance of Power This episode attempts to take a look at the economic concepts of ‘competitiveness’ and the ‘balance of payments’ position of nations, placing them in an historical and real-world context. What do these terms mean and what are their implications? In general, this is a reference to the […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 145

The Early Years of the Group of Seven The Group of Seven (G-7) emerged in the midst of the largest economic, monetary and financial upheavals since the Great Depression. They established a forum of cooperation among the large industrial powers of the United States, West Germany, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy and Canada, designed to […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 144

Central Banks & Global Governance What role do central banks play in the process and evolution of ‘global governance’? This episode attempts to provide a loose definition of global governance and briefly look at the role of ‘independent’ central banks in defining and shaping the modern world economy, specifically the global ‘market economy’. What is […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 143

German Economics & Syriza’s Dismal Options Building on the previous podcast’s discussion of Greece and Europe’s crisis, this episode examines German economic orthodoxy, known as Ordoliberalism, and the effects this has on German policy and strategy, as well as that of the European Central Bank. In addition, this episode examines the context of Syriza’s decision […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 142

Europe’s Strategy to Topple Syriza The anti-austerity Greek government of Syriza has signed on to the most invasive and harsh agreement of any Greek government to date: more austerity, more ‘reform’, and more control over Greece to its bailout creditors in Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels and Washington. Greece is an occupied country that has been attempting […]

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 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 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, […]