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#325#326#327#328 Episode #329 - Deconstructing the "Good" Empire
(Underground History of Empire)

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Sun 22 October 2006  John Marciano, John Taylor Gatto (reading)
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 This week John Marciano asks what does it mean to live in an empire? What is the nature of empire and what must people believe in order to participate in the process of building and maintaining it? How do people come to think certain ways, believe certain things, and how important to maintaining an empire, this empire, are the stories we tell ourselves about our society?
We'll begin with a new public class series with social historian John Marciano on empire as a way of life, and we'll resume readings from John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education which dovetails nicely with Marciano's presentation. As you will hear, the education Americans receive about the actions and motivations of the American state lays the groundwork for a national state of mind, and this has global consequences. The media takes up where school leaves off, by amplifying the official stories from the centers of power. An example - if you were alive during the Reagan years you would have often heard the phrase "evil empire" used by the administration to describe the USSR. Never confronted in the parade of pundits on the corporate media was the implication that there can be a good empire.
Music: David Rovics
Thanks to the LA Sound Posse
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