Book Project Update: 28 December 2011

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays! I went back home to Vancouver to visit friends and family. Thus, in the past week, I didn’t manage to accomplish much work. I managed about 14 hours of work early on in the week, with total donations for the week at $375.00, and thus received a payment of $210.00, leaving a total remaining budget of $220.00 for the Project. So it’s important for the donations to continue flowing in, and thanks to all who have donated and supported the project thus far! This would not be possible without your support and efforts, so thank you very much!

I am currently preparing a sample from the section I have been writing on the formation of Israel and the 1948 ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population. That will be out this week for all to read and disseminate. The chapters that I have been writing on the origins and expansion of the American Empire are fairly detailed and elaborate, as a great deal of research and work is going into them in order to make it into a fairly comprehensive examination of the American Empire and its many facets and functions. I have done some quite extensive research going through the archives of State Department and National Security Council documents made publicly available from their respective online databases. Amazingly, for the incredible information within some of these documents, it appears that a serious lack of scholars and academics have ever gone through the massive wealth of information, as the most important documents and papers within are virtually non-existent in the academic literature and academic journals, save for Noam Chomsky.

I am, however, covering the expansion of the American Empire into Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. The documentation for this analysis comes from a broad array of sources: State Department and National Security Council documents, declassified intelligence documents, think tank reports (such as formerly top secret projects of the Council on Foreign Relations), reports from foundations, and a vast array of academic journals and historical research books. In each region of expanding American power, then, I show the roles played by the American political apparatus (State Department and National Security Council), its military and intelligence apparatus (CIA and Pentagon), the role of think tanks (Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission), and the philanthropic foundations (Rockefeller, Ford and Carnegie Foundations), international organizations (UN, World Bank, IMF), and a host of other institutions and individuals. As much as possible, I try to rely upon using the words of those who decide and implement policy themselves, so that the reader may see the evidence in the words of those who actively sought to create and expand an imperial power around the world. With such striking statements from top officials and elites, it becomes increasingly challenging to attempt to present America as anything BUT an empire, or upon an extensive examination of the effects of the imperial power, it becomes impossible to declare, as several top academics have, that America is a “benevolent” empire.

So, I will be continuing work on this chapters, which will likely make up a significant portion of the second volume of the book, and then I will go back to do a lot of work on the first volume, as the first couple chapters still need to be written, though I have already done the vast majority of research for them, which will make them easier to write.

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Years and thank you again for all your support!

Andrew

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