War and Empire: The Instruments of 21st-Century Tyranny

Traces of Reality
September 29, 2014

 

Abby Hall“War and Empire: The Instruments of 21st-Century Tyranny” with Abby Hall

On this edition of Demanufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Abigail Hall, a research fellow at the Independent Institute and a graduating PhD student at George Mason University. We discuss Abigail’s latest paper published in the Independent Review titled “Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control.”

Abigail explains how coercive foreign interventions can produce a “boomerang effect” that leads to a loss of liberty for the domestic population. We discuss how war and the expansion of the American empire have given rise to the police and surveillance state in the United States.

What does the US invasion and occupation of the Philippines in 1898 have to do with the NSA and the modern-day domestic surveillance apparatus? How did the Vietnam War lead to the creation of SWAT teams and the militarization of local police? How can the public cope with the “paradox of political power,” and retrain the US government internationally and domestically?

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