US Corporate Empire & Global Resistance Bringing It To Its Knees

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Above Photo: NATO solders walk towards a Chinook helicopter after a ceremony at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. As Afghan forces take over the lead from the NATO coalition for security nationwide, European nations are drawing down their militaries in response to the ongoing economic crises. AP/Rahmat Gul.

The U.S. empire gives all its predecessors a run for their money, especially in terms of human and resource exploitation. But is resistance building that could bring the U.S. empire to its knees, MintPress Editor-in-Chief Mnar Muhawesh asks Abby Martin, host of “The Empire Files.”

MINNEAPOLIS — Throughout history, some of the world’s most influential empires have also been the most brutal. In turn, their legacy has turned “empire” into a very dirty word, indeed.

The Roman, British, Ottoman, Spanish and Soviet empires come to mind readily. And in school, we learn about the glories of these civilizations, their cultural triumphs and their contributions to the world we live in today. But what’s often left out is the devastating truth that empires are built on the atrocious foundations of sex and migrant slavery, military expansion, land and resource theft, genocide and overall intimidation.

And while history is littered with the atrocities of empires built and toppled, “empire” is certainly not a thing of the past. In fact, today, not only is the United States an empire in every sense of the word, it’s the biggest empire the world has ever seen.

While the look of empire may have changed, empire remains fundamentally the same.  Here to talk to me more about how the U.S. empire operates is Abby Martin, the host of the new show that’s taking on the horrific policies of the empire at home and abroad.

  • John McGloin

    As bad as the U.S. corporate empire was, it has been eclipsed by a global corporate empire that looks on the U.S. as it has looked on other countries: as a resource to be manipulated, used, and looted.
    The global corporations and their billionaires no longer feel constrained by the nation state model which nurtured their rise to power. By owning politicians and all of the biggest media companies around the world, democracies now dance to their tune while we hand them our sovereignty on a platinum platter.
    Through a long series of “trade” deals soon to be multiplied by the Trans Pacific Partnership and it’s Atlantic cousin, economic policy is being handed over to international tribunals that will gut labor and environmental standards for the whole world (including the U.S.). The Federal Reserve Bank privately owned and operated has “printed” trillions of dollars over the last few years to deposit in their bank accounts. Our military has been making the world safe for global corporations for decades and their media can stir up public opinion to demand military action anywhere in the world. (The seeming mystery of how Chinese corporations came to control the oil in Iraq shows how little power the U.S. has in exploiting its military exploits.
    As bad as nation state empire was, if this world corporate revolution succeeds, we could be facing the harshest and most suicidal empire in history, because corporations have no interest except growing large piles of money. They have even less use for community or humanity than Nero or Hitler. Eventually they will even discard their overpaid billionaires.

  • History301

    I’ve seen this reporter on RT News, unless I have her confused with someone else, and she does good work from what I’ve seen of it.

  • AlanMacDonald

    A wonderfully revealing conversation between both these highly informed women about Empire in general, the common factors, crimes, and structure of all Empires throughout history, and the with particular focus on this unique new form of the first truly Global Empire headquartered in America.

    While Mnar notes that, “some of the world’s most influential empires have also been the most brutal”, and mentions such historically infamous Empire as, “the Roman, British, Ottoman, Spanish and Soviet empires coming to mind”, the Nazi Empire is not noted among these Empires — which it should be because of its unique influence on the development of the current Global Empire, IKA (incorrectly known as) the American Empire.

    Yes, the Nazi Empire is actually the closest precursor (or Beta version) of this current Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist Empire, which only hides itself behind the old-fashioned nation-state-centric image of the Empires between 1500 and 2000 [Paul Kennedy “Rise and Fall of the Great Powers”], and which matured (or metastasized) into this DGC-C Empire ‘posing’ as our former country.

    Today’s post-nation-state 21st century DGC-C Empire hiding itself behind the disguised image, facade, or Vichy charade of the country previously known as America, owes its heritage to the Nazi Empire — which was the first Empire to understand and attempt to hide its Empireness, which in Vichy France the US recognized as the authorized government of the “Occupied” territory of France.

    Beyond merely giving official recognition to the facade country of Vichy France, the growing intelligence and covert security-state portion of the militarist-sector of America — which Ike much later ‘outed’ and exposed as the Military Industrial Complex — “learned on Hitlers’ dime” through the OIS (later CIA) that having a believable nation-state facade for the actions of an Empire was fast becoming form of camouflage, which would be critically essential because as Mnar notes the “brutal legacy has turned “empire” into a very dirty word, indeed”.

    So, one of the most crucial factors of the unique new form of this DGC-C Empire is to have the evolutionary advantage of; disguise, stealth, and guile which is the most important asset of predators, parasites, and diseases like cancer — the ability to sneak-up and prey on ‘others’ without detection or diagnosis.

    For, as Zygmunt Bauman hauntingly puts it, “In the case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis…is a crucial, perhaps decisive, part of the disease.”13

    Berman, Morris (2011-02-07). Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (p. 22). Norton. Kindle Edition.

    Certainly, the disease in America today is the cancer of Empire, but the diagnosis is difficult for any but a skilled diagnostic oncologist of the ‘body politic’ — and by hiding behind the vastly “New and Improved Rel 2.0 Vichy Formula” with its dual-party Vichy facades of the neocon ‘R’ Vichy party PLUS its even smoother active ingredient of neoliberal-con ‘D’ Vichy party, this new improved Global Empire can remain sparkling and beautiful with less maintenance whether you are going abroad for a stylish new war or just staying home to take care of affairs with the domestic ‘subjects’, and the real benefit is that “nobody will ever know that you colored” your Empire.