Scott Horton Interviews Mark Ames

Scott Horton, April 29, 2010

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Mark Ames, co-editor and writer for The eXiled, discusses the money-making business of war (for the politically connected few), why halfhearted government deregulation of the thoroughly rigged banking system does not create a free market, Alan Greenspan’s lucrative consulting business with the Paulson & Co. hedge fund and how the post-Cold War “peace dividend” was scuttled by the neocon-inspired “unipolar moment.”

MP3 here. (29:27)

Mark Ames is the founding editor of The eXile and co-editor of The eXiled. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Playboy, Daily Beast, Alternet, Radar, The New York Press, and elsewhere. He is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion from Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond which became the basis for the critically-acclaimed 90-minute BBC documentary film Going Postal.

Ames is co-author with Matt Taibbi of the book The eXile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia. Ames has made guest appearances on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, Dylan Ratigan’s ABC radio program, Chuck Mertz’s “This Is Hell” show, Scott Horton’s Antiwar Radio show, Michelangelo Signorile’s radio show, KFPK radio, Air America and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a new book for Wiley.

8 Responses to “Mark Ames”

  1. ‘War is a Racket’ – rich men make profits while poor men fight and die – it is the way of all wars!

  2. The War Nerd is John Dolan, a peripatetic contract English professor and writer. There's really no question about it any more. It was a mystery until about two years ago.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Brecher#Brecher

    If that doesn't convince you, there's also podcasts out there of Dolan and of the War nerd–it's the same voice. Same guy.

  3. The best American writer. Can't wait for the new book.

    (Mark, missed your take on the Kaczynski crash.)

  4. this was a great discussion until you got to the part about nerds

  5. Hey! You can diss Greenspan all you want but dissing Saint Johnny Neumann is going too far. Game Theory is not about being negative. It's about being realistic. That's why the prisoners in the prisoner's dilemma should cooperate for max payoff.

  6. Great interview! Which War Nerd article were you referencing on the Iraq Iran war? I want to read it!

  7. "North Korea SMUGGELING weapons to Iran." I forget if Clinton or Net in Yahoo said it but it is really funny. Since when is government to government trade smuggeling? It is really more like snuggeling.

  8. My fave Mark Ames article is the one where he boasts, in his 30s no less, of fucking a 15-year-old (search for the word "pervometer"):
    http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/beast-in-the

    My fave article about Mark Ames is the one written by a former associate of his who accuses him of being a rapist:
    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/the-go

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