with Chris Hedges
Originally on RT America on Nov 26, 2017
The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 6, 2022
Alfred McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the decline of the United States as a global power and the rise of the Chinese empire.
From the archives:
Abby Martin: All This Shit Doesn’t Matter–Every Issue Must Be Seen Through the Lens of the US Empire
John Pilger: Propaganda and Censorship Is the Real Problem in the US
John Pilger: The Problem is Not North Korea, Not Russia, Not China, The Problem is The United States
Strengthening Corporate Power–New NAFTA Worse Than the TPP by Pete Dolack
John Pilger: The Coming War On China
Abby Martin and Lawrence Wilkerson: The US Empire Is Ready To Collapse
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This is a brilliant episode; it should have been extended as a double interview. Despite the brevity, the content is deeply and acutely relevant. Alfred McCoy’s work is exceedingly interesting. I think he warrants far greater recognition, than he has hitherto enjoyed. Perhaps this book will stir a few of those self-congratulatory & docile minds that have been lulled into that smug, solipsistic trance of exceptionalism, that infests the American political imagination.
The fact is the calculus of global (planetary) power has shifted forever. The old frontier, garrison mentality is virtually useless and obsolete. Nothing can any longer be taken for granted, when the very oxygen we need to breathe is slowly being asphyxiated by persistent ocean acidification, just as the risk of nuclear pollution is irrevocably growing to imminent threat levels.
We should not be so conceited as to suppose, that the crust of our Sacred Earth would never convulse in a spasm of seismic adjustment to swallow half of civilization ‘overnight.’ What use will be the hubris of nations then?
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