Friday, January 7, 2011

Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson

Finished reading Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (2008) by Chalmers Johnson last night. I didn't read the earlier books (The Sorrows of Empire (2005) & Blowback (2004)) by Johnson who recently passed away. This one was quite detailed in its documentation of military bases our country has around the world, the money that goes into 'defense' and space 'star wars' programs, the CIA...way too much power to the executive branch which is not checked at all, and the move in the direction of a dictatorship, if not in name, certainly in's all coming from this man who was a scholar, academic

"and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He served in the Korean war, was a consultant for the CIA from 1967–1973, and chaired the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1972.[2] He was also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute (now based at the University of San Francisco), an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia.[3]" (

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