BTS 5/2/2005 - British Elections; From Globalization to Imperialism

We go beneath the surface on US foreign policy in tonight’s program: Thomas Ferguson and Robert Johnson have written a fascinating and provocative analysis of the political economy of American Unilateralism, from globalization to Imperialism. Their account fleshes out what is often bandied about but little understood about the apparent momentous shift in US foreign policy with the advent of the two GW Bush administrations, raising provocative questions about the US role in the world now and in the years to come.

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We then turn to the British elections, which take place on May 5th. Labour Party Prime Minister Tony Blair’s popularity has sunk since he became Bush’s partner in war, yet polls show he will probably win again. A secret document leaked over the weekend revealing Blair privately committed Britain to war in Iraq in July 2002 and then set out to lure Saddam Hussein into providing the legal justification. It is explosive, but apparently not enough to unseat Blair. Has Blair become the Teflon candidate, the British Reagan and Clinton rolled into one? Robin Blackburn joins us from London to discuss the issues, ideas and likely outcome of Britain’s general election on Thursday.

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Our Guests:

1. From “Globalization” to “Imperialism”: The Political Economy of American ‘Unilateralism’

Thomas Ferguson is a contributing editor of The Nation, is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems (Chicago).

Robert Johnson was formerly Managing Partner at Soros funds management and chief Economist of the Senate Banking committee. He is now a Partner in Haven Entertainment/Impact Artist management, NYC.

2. Robin Blackburn

Robin Blackburn, distinguished professor in the graduate faculty of the New School University in New York and former editor of New Left Review, is the author of Banking on Death: Or, Investing in Life: The History and Future of Pensions (2002), The Making of New World Slavery (1997)and The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery (1988) (all Verso), plus “1968,” The Nation (2004);“The Imperial Presidency,” Constellations (2002); “Cuba Under the Hammer,” New Left Review (2000). Robin has written widely, including several books on Latin America and especially Cuba, the 1960s radicalization, was a founding member of New Left Review and has been a long time activist.