BTS 8/21/06: Groundhog Day; Naked Imperialism

Listen: James K. Galbraith - John Bellamy Foster

On tonight’s Beneath the Surface we begin with James K. Galbraith who flew from the United Kingdom to the US on August 10 – what he calls “Groundhog Day,” – raising questions about the plot that was thwarted, its context, timing and political exploitation.

We then talk to John Bellamy Foster about his new book Naked Imperialism that looks at the political and economic roots of the transformation of US global policy and ideology – and how the politics of fear plays a role.

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1. James K. Galbraith teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He has co-authored two textbooks, The Economic Problem with the late Robert L. Heilbroner and Macroeconomics with William Darity, Jr. He is the author of Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future (1989) and Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay (1998). His most recent book, Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View (Cambridge University Press, 2001), is coedited with Maureen Berner and features contributions from six LBJ School Ph.D. students. His next book is Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire (Palgrave-MacMillan).

2. John Bellamy Foster is Professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Naked Imperialism, Marx’s Ecology and Ecology Against Capitalism (Monthly Review Press), and is co-editor of Monthly Review (http://www.monthlyreview.org).