Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 73

A Turkish Uprising? What caused the current mass protests spreading across Turkey? The spark for the events took place last week regarding the protection of a park that the government planned to demolish and replace with a shopping mall. But the problems in Turkish society – and the anger towards the government – run much […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 72

Protesting the Cosmopolitical Corporate Order From the global march against Monsanto to factory workers in Bangladesh, protests against global corporations and the policies put in place by states to protect them are advancing around the world. This episode briefly identifies some of the protests and acts of resistance against the global corporate order, and looks […]

Twenty-First Century Imperialism: Militarism, Collaborators & Popular Resistance

Imperial Wars by Proxy and Domestic Decay The configuration of 21st century imperialism combines patterns of exploitation from the past as well as new features which are essential to understanding the contemporary forms of plunder, pillage and mass impoverishment. In this paper we will highlight the relatively new forms of imperial exploitation, reflecting the rise […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

“The Revolution will be live.” – Gil Scott-Heron It was the great Irishman Oscar Wilde’s observation that in a universe of infinite possibilities, given the choice to exist or live, most of us would rather opt for the former. Extending this exist/live paradigm further, we could use it to evaluate if we are upholding, or […]

The Reality Principle -Episode 13

“The REAL Martin Luther King” with Professor Tony Monteiro This week, as America marks the birthday of one of its greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Eric sits down with Professor Tony Monteiro to discuss King’s life and legacy. Specifically, Eric and Tony examine who King really was by destroying the false narrative that has […]

A Thousand Mile Journey: Reflections on Being the Alternative

“A thousand mile journey begins with a single step” – Ancient Chinese Proverb By Guy Evans It may be a New Year, but age-old problems and issues still plague our Western societies. While there are many that gravitate to fire-and-brimstone negativity, rejoicing in the idea that a total planetary collapse is imminent and that they […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 37

Counterinsurgency & Concentration Camps Counterinsurgency is a military term used to describe a war against the population, or an “insurgency,” implicitly a counter-revolutionary strategy of “pacification” and domination. As one military planner explained, “the target is the people.” The history of counter-insurgency is a history of colonial empires, and in the late 19th century, a […]

The Rise of Police State & the Absence of Mass Opposition

One of the most significant political developments in recent US history has been the virtually unchallenged rise of the police state. Despite the vast expansion of the police powers of the Executive Branch of government, the extraordinary growth of an entire panoply of repressive agencies, with hundreds of thousands of personnel, and enormous public and […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 21

What is Anarchism? Anarchism is often thought of as synonymous with “chaos” and “disorder,” which is a far cry from its original philosophy and actions. As one of the first anarchist philosophers articulated, “Anarchy is Order.” Articulating a philosophy and envisioning a society free of hierarchical organization and domination, anarchy has set itself against all […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 15

The Road to Revolution What is a Revolution? Is it desirable? How do we get there? Far from the idea of usurping power – whether violently or peacefully – or promoting a single politician to a position of power with the hope of “revolutionizing” society, a true revolution is a coordinated and globally expansive idea […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 12

The College Crisis We are in the midst of a major college crisis: more students than ever before are graduating with professional educations and immense debt into a jobless market with no opportunities. The result of such a scenario, as any historian would warn, is the development of social unrest, dissatisfaction, rebellion, and potentially, revolution. […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 4

What is the Nature of Power? How does power function? What are the effects of power? Is it necessary? This episode seeks to introduce the listener to some thoughts on the concept of power, in both the concentration of it on one hand, and the lack of it on the other. Power can be concentrated […]

The Anti Empire Report: Some Thoughts That OCCUPY My Mind

Admirable Occupy Movement & the Seldom Mentioned US Foreign Policy By William Blum When the Vietnam War became history, and the protest signs and the bullhorns were put away, so too was the serious side of most protestors’ alienation and hostility toward the government. They returned, with minimal resistance, to the restless pursuit of success, […]

State’s Civilians Sponsored Terrorism- Terrorists ‘R’ Us?

State Sponsored Terrorism when the State is of the People “A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn’t have an Air Force” – William Blum In our nation of ‘national security’, where everything is re-defined and justified by the notion of ‘fighting terrorism’, it would be only appropriate to revisit and examine the […]

Ghost-Buster Journalism & Ghost-Chasing Activism

On Doing Something to Stop This Current & Ongoing Rape A few weeks ago I called up an independent journalist friend and asked whether she would like to write articles on topics of mutual interest at Boiling Frogs Post. She said she had been swamped with several projects, including a book in progress, all involving […]