David Barsamian on "Imperialism: Old Wine, New Bottles"
27 March 2014 - 27 March 2014
COLLEGE OF ARTS presents the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, DAVID BARSAMIAN. One of America's most respected independent journalists, he has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and others. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
Lecture Title: Imperialism: Old Wine, New Bottles
Joseph Schumpeter in a 1919 essay entitled "The Sociology of Imperialisms," wrote, "There was no corner of the world where some interest was not alleged to be in danger or under actual attack. If the interests were not Roman, they were of Rome's allies, and if Rome had no allies, then allies would be invented. When it was utterly impossible to contrive such an interest-why, then it was the national honor that was insulted. The fight was always invested with an aura of legality. Rome was always being attacked by evil-minded neighbors. The whole world was pervaded by a host of enemies, and it was manifestly Rome's duty to guard against their indubitably aggressive designs." Just substitute United States for Rome today and see if there is some resonance and echo. Imperialism changes its clothes but its body remains intact. Old wine is poured into new bottles.
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