Resistance Against Empire (Flashpoint Press)
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A scathing indictment of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, this collection of interviews gathers incendiary insights from 10 of today’s most experienced and knowledgeable activists. Whether it’s Ramsey Clark describing the long history of military invasion, Alfred McCoy detailing the relationship between CIA activities and the increase in the global heroin trade, Stephen Schwartz reporting the obscene costs of nuclear armaments, or Katharine Albrecht tracing the horrors of the modern surveillance state, this investigation of global governance is sure to inform, engage, and incite readers.
were so malnourished that they could no longer run. KB: Things were not good. Then the military borrowed heavily to support nuclear and mining projects, and finally everything went bust in the 1980s. Hyperinflation wiped out savings, and servicing the $120 billion foreign debt crippled the economy. Today, Brazil and its neighbor Paraguay have the greatest economic disparities on the planet. Fifty thousand Brazilians out of 165 million own almost everything, especially the land. Many millions
go. It’s just that it wouldn’t necessarily get them out of the system that enslaved them in the first place. It wouldn’t necessarily give them the skills or the economic basis to maintain freedom. You make a very important point, though, and a hopeful point, in that they could be freed for easily raisable amounts of money. But it’s also true that if you look at what happened in the United States after the Civil War, where the government dumped two million people into freedom without any
of debt relief, which is just another version of the white man’s burden. These backward people, the argument goes, just can’t seem to figure out how to run their countries or their economies, and we need to keep perpetually giving them food and money. But I’m not interested in debt relief. I’m interested in reparations. The Third World does not owe anyone anything. In fact, the industrialized nations owe us money. DJ: How so? AM: Take the case of my country, India—although any other country
land reforms, which improved living standards. This is the little-known truth about the Green Revolution. Yes, food production increased, but did it have an impact on hunger? No. We also need to examine the environmental costs of the Green Revolution. Use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers has resulted in the loss of almost a quarter of the topsoil in the U.S., and farming communities around the world have been devastated by salinization, waterlogging, and pests that have developed resistance
inequalities structured in law. And even if things were to collapse completely, there would be those who are tied into the system, who really cannot think any other way, who will back building up the same sort of system. That’s all they know. The change will be violent, no matter what. But if we don’t restructure to create equal economic rights, we will continue to see increasing control of the entire world by a smaller and smaller number of people and organizations. Another way to say this is