Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 59

Kissinger, Brzezinski, and Albright, Oh My!

EPPAn important - and interesting - subject to study, is that of the role and institutional function of imperial strategists. Within government, the main imperial planners are usually in the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council. But what happens when they leave government, and equally important, how did they get to these positions? There is a network of think tanks which nurtures "strategic thinkers" - a euphemism for 'imperial planners' - and brings them together with top corporate, financial, media, military, and academic elites to work, research, and plan together. Among the most prominent are the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Brookings Institution. When these individuals enter government, they come with training and preparation, and a great deal of planning, and an even larger number of connections. After they enact imperial policies and leave the government, they re-enter think tanks as management, directing future generations of government advisers, they maintain "independent" advisory roles to government officials, and establish consultancy firms to make themselves rich advising multinational corporations and banks, offering their "insight" and "connections" as lucrative investments.

Three of some of the most prominent "strategic planners" in recent decades are Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Madeleine Albright, who all remain arguably as influential today as when they were close advisers to past presidents.

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  1. don’t want to sound offensive but Gavin Marshall is so quiet, can’t you guys up the sound levels so we can hear him? Better still get him to speak more loudly. The information is great the presentation makes it difficult to listen to.

  2. tonywicher says:

    I don’t think there’s any need to tip-toe around here. Yeah, I have to strain to hear the interview too even at high volume.

  3. While I don’t have any problem getting a decent volume with my computer, I think it’s worthwhile to have the recordings done with the right amount of gain. I don’t think Andrew needs to talk any louder; he should be able to talk at whatever level he’s comfortable with.

    I’m going to contact Andrew and Sibel and try to make my BFP contribution directly towards a new USB mic with a gain. I’ve tried the consumer model of the Blue Yeti (16 bit conversion) and think it works just fine. I know Sibel recently upgraded to the Pro version (24 bit conversion with additional analogue routing/port) of the same mic and I think it sounds good. This would allow Andrew to adjust the gain and monitor the record level.

    If anybody has any alternative suggestions, please share. I think I can get the Blue Yeti for around $80 or $90 US.

  4. tonywicher says:

    When I plug some decent speakers into my laptop and turn them up I can get it loud enough to hear OK

  5. I should clarify: I don’t want to ask Sibel to earmark any contributions I’ve made. I just want to see if I can buy a mic for Andrew, since his podcasts are so awesome!

    I meant to thank you, Andrew, for you last episode, when you effectively described true socialism as anarchy. Wow. Talk about building a bridge here.

    Here’s an interesting point. I looked up the definition of the word “collectivism” and found that there are multiple perspectives and, as you will see, one is much more of a subjective judgement than the others.

    From the Free Online Dictionary
    The principles or system of ownership and control of the means of production and distribution by the people collectively, usually under the supervision of a government.

    From Merriam-Webster
    1: a political or economic theory advocating collective control especially over production and distribution; also : a system marked by such control
    2: emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity

    From the Ayn Rand Lexicon
    Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group—whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called “the common good.”

    Andrew is very good at explaining the variety of these terms and creating more of an understanding than an attack/defense. I really value his contribution to BFP and would like to provide a Blue Yeti with a gain control to help get a better record level and quality.

  6. andrewgmarshall says:

    Sorry folks, that was my mistake, I checked the recording levels used, and it was an editing/recording error on my part. For some reason, it sounded fine on my end, but the recording levels were way too low. I’ll remedy that for future episodes. Thanks for the feedback,

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