Alfred McCoy


Alfred McCoy, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses his article on the US empire of failed states at TomDispatch; the post-WWII breakup of European empires into 100 new countries, shifting the balance of world power; how empires require cooperative foreign elites to keep the natives under control; the transition from imperial Britain’s dominant naval power to US air supremacy, which requires many more military bases (which are slipping away as the US loses its empire mojo); and how competition from BRICS and the global economy make US client states less dependent on their benefactor.

MP3 here. (25:38)

Alfred W. McCoy is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a TomDispatch regular, and author most recently of the award-winning book, Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State. He has also convened the “Empires in Transition” project, a global working group of 140 historians from universities on four continents. The results of their first meetings were published as Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State, and the findings from their latest conference, at Barcelona last June, will appear next year as Endless Empires: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, and America’s Decline.

15 thoughts on “Alfred McCoy”

    1. I agree with you smithy100. It is particularly annoying when Scott talks over his guest. I'm more interested in the guest's opinion than Scott's.

      1. scott only interviews people who write relevant books and articles so if you are "more interested in the guest's opinion than Scott's." go read their articles /books

        1. You don't have any knowledge of my reading habits paulBass. I'm well acquainted with the writings of most of Scott's guest. The interviews give the guest an opportunity to expand upon their works when Scott doesn't shout and talk over them.

    2. Beg to differ. Y'all have been spoiled. Use a stop watch so your complain has a factual basis. And then compare the numbers with other interview programs.

      Now, if you were commenting about Charley Rose….

    3. that's a valid point. In his defence, it must be hard for Scott to hold his tongue because he is so passionate, and lives and breathes these issues; so he's always got a lot to add. I'm sure Scott is mindful of his interviewing style and I hope he takes this constructive feedback onboard. Keep up the excellent work nonetheless! ps. have you ever tried to get Robert Fisk for an interview?

  1. This is nothing, Scott has gone more cockeyed crazy than this. Good job for letting this guy talk, but he is boring. This might have more to do with the quality of the sound.

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