Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter

Scott Horton, January 19, 2011

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Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses Ike Eisenhower’s extraordinary (but too little too late) farewell address; how the overblown Soviet threat and missile gap hoax scared Americans enough to boost the bottom line of defense contractors; how the unlimited supply of government money corrupts otherwise solid businesses that are forced to compete with insiders and cheats; how the perquisites of government/military employment, though relatively harmless in isolation, drive the entire “permanent war state;” revelations that the British mission in Afghanistan was simply to “give the Army something to do;” and the three choices for fighting back against state militarism: abolish government, protest for change, or expatriate.

MP3 here. (33:06)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and

4 Responses to “Gareth Porter”

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  2. Gareth and Scott always have great talks. Another excellent two-panel discussion on the M.I.C. can be found on CSPAN:

    Peace be with you.

  3. Anyone knows what kind of warhead they´ll put on the missiles on ships in the Black Sea and in Romania and Poland by 2015 ???

  4. Goddamn hippies – you almost made me stop hating America for a second…


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