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Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope By Chalmers Johnson Dismantling the Empire America s Last Best Hope The author of the bestselling Blowback Trilogy reflects on America s waning power in a masterful collection of essaysIn his prophetic book Blowback published before Chalmers Johnson warned that
  • Title: Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope
  • Author: Chalmers Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780805093032
  • Page: 431
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  • Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope By Chalmers Johnson The author of the bestselling Blowback Trilogy reflects on America s waning power in a masterful collection of essaysIn his prophetic book Blowback, published before 9 11, Chalmers Johnson warned that our secret operations in Iraq and elsewhere around the globe would exact a price at home Now, in a brilliant series of essays written over the last three years, Johnson meThe author of the bestselling Blowback Trilogy reflects on America s waning power in a masterful collection of essaysIn his prophetic book Blowback, published before 9 11, Chalmers Johnson warned that our secret operations in Iraq and elsewhere around the globe would exact a price at home Now, in a brilliant series of essays written over the last three years, Johnson measures that price and the resulting dangers America faces Our reliance on Pentagon economics, a global empire of bases, and war without end is, he declares, nothing short of a suicide option Dismantling the Empire explores the subjects for which Johnson is now famous, from the origins of blowback to Barack Obama s Afghanistan conundrum, including our inept spies, our bad behavior in other countries, our ill fought wars, and our capitulation to a military that has taken ever control of the federal budget There is, he proposes, only one way out President Obama must begin to dismantle the empire before the Pentagon dismantles the American Dream If we do not learn from the fates of past empires, he suggests, our decline and fall are foreordained This is Johnson at his best delivering both a warning and an urgent prescription for a remedy.
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    1. Chalmers Johnson

      Chalmers Ashby Johnson was an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego He fought in the Korean war, from 1967 1973 was a consultant for the CIA, and ran the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley for years He was also president and co founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia.

    704 thoughts on “Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope”

    1. This was very good I was expecting it to be pretty much a repeat of everything said in his Blowback series and, to be honest, there was some of that but there was also enough new and interesting material to keep me reading The part I enjoyed the most was the reference to Legacy of Ashes a book I ve now started reading, even though I don t really have time and already think is a must read, absolutely amazing His argument is that the US has basically two options on its road forward one is give up [...]

    2. Looking for the philosophical underpinnings of the necessity for U.S leadership in the world, I came to Chalmers Johnson through Perry Anderson s book, America s Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers This series of essays Johnson wrote from 2004 through 2009 for TomDispatch, a website that features very loud criticisms of the government and everything else , mainly describe Johnson s distaste for U.S militarism around the world, including massive numbers of bases on foreign soil About three quarters o [...]

    3. The low rating is not because I disagree with what Johnson is saying On the contrary, I admit that I picked up this book so that it can reconfirm my own standing on the issue, that is, we need to roll back the empire before it brings about our demise No orchestrating military coups, no manipulating foreign governments, no wars, no regime changes, no military bases anywhere in the world, no military interventions even for humanitarian reasons, no taking side in other countries conflicts, no pushi [...]

    4. Another classic book that confirms my belief set and is therefore something of a challenge as regards an objective review I very much enjoyed Blowback and need to return to that trilogy, although the line that CJ takes with all his books obviously follows a very similar line of argument This book addresses the pervasive and, in the authors view, insidious and destructive rise and domination of the military industrial complex and how that fuels the US empire.The book is dated somewhat and despite [...]

    5. In order to understand where we are now in the scheme of the international community, we must read the books of Chalmers Johnson Dr Johnson is remarkable as a raconteur of the miserable state of affairs the USA has bungled into by way of deceit, media manipulation so citizens build no context out of which to judge the current events, and in the fog of confusion and lack of truthful information permit our taxes to fund cruel interventions and takeovers of foreign nations by force in order to usur [...]

    6. A frightening look at America s base imperialism I hadn t realized how omnipresent our military bases are Johnson claims that the D.O.D defense budget for 2008 was larger than that for ALL other countries combined A lot of that, of course, would be spent in support of those bases I do try to be skeptical of such large claims no matter the politics of the person making them so I would have to do some research before I would state that as a fact The book, like many such collections of essays, is r [...]

    7. The overall message is important and I think Johnson is right However, some of his analysis when he gets into the nitty gritty of defense platforms and Pakistan Afghanistan is lazy at best or misleading to prove his point at worst He is absolutely right though about the overall message and ultimately, these are just short essays.

    8. Good advice for a nation that needs it Too bad Chalmers is not around any, to tell us what we re in for next.

    9. This is a terrific series of essays by Professor Chalmers Johnson on the hidden costs of maintaining America s military influence across the globe While Johnson does stray into some weaker morality arguments, his focus is mostly on the economic realities that aren t widely debated in the mainstream media, that America can simply no longer afford its Military Industrial Complex aka domestic jobs programs.Johnson does stray into a rather searing and hilarious critique of former Congressman Randy D [...]

    10. This is my first Chalmers Johnson book While I thoroughly enjoyed and would award 5 stars for his cogent, well supported arguments and observations, I did not enjoy the format Johnson deconstructs our military bureaucracy to reveal self defeating imperialism, profiteering, and profligate spending, among other trends he identifies as threatening to the well being of the US He argues eloquently that no country in history has been able to remain democratic and economically provide for its civil soc [...]

    11. I m in love I was born decades too late This guy takes complex and dark subjects like terrorism and corporate corruption and secret illegal torture by spies and makes it as understandable, compelling, and funny as Molly Ivins essays Admittedly the humor is even drier than Ivins and perhaps a tad cynical Johnson was probably one of the best writers anglophone academia has ever had He also seems to have been insightful, idealistic, and appreciative of the absurd I have faith in our institutions ca [...]

    12. This along with the other 2 books in the triogy, Blowback and Nemesis, is an important read for anyone concerned about the future of the US, both economically and politically Will we gracefully dismantle our empire of some 747 military bases not including Iraq and Afghanistan over 500,000 troops, spies, contractors, dependents, and other on military bases located in 130 countries there are only 192 countries in the UN and the bloated military budget that goes with it, or will we take the suicide [...]

    13. This book should be read by the Left and the Right if we don t want to go the way of former Empires What Chalmers Johnson goes into here should not be labeled Left or Right It s obvious he is comfortable as a Leftist with his Bush bashing in the first part of the book He is right about Bush, however it s not gonna get a typical neo conservative to go on reading the book, which is to bad because almost everything in here is so vital to the future of this country and the world World domination act [...]

    14. The revelations are not entirely unknown The issue that really surfaced from reading this book concerns the relationship of private enterprise to government Public Private Partnerships Chalmers Johnson adeptly portrays how some, seemly unethical, large corporations are able to override and dominate the existing democratic systems, in this case, in the USA His conclusion, if I recall correctly, is that only national bankruptcy or some significant catastrophe, can arrest this phenomenon, and that [...]

    15. This is a collection of essays concerning the state of the American empire Johnson demonstrates that the military industrial complex not only exists, not as a conspiratorial sort of existence, but as a real, and entrenched system of military Keynesianism where the government uses the Department of Defense, defense contractors, the CIA, and so on as a means for job creation and economic growth But what Johnson argues is that this is economic suicide Building bombs and weapons systems destroys wea [...]

    16. This is Chalmers Johnson s final book and it is a concise analysis at the out of control military spending and the ridiculous number of US military bases, and how this is hurting the American economy It debunks the myth of military Keynesian which states that military spending stimulates the economy All of this spending is inflationary and results in no exports or imports of goods In other words, there is nobody to sell all of this useless military equipment to It s really amazing to think that [...]

    17. provocative, prescient, a good read a little too leftist on some issues for instance, abolish the CIA draw down our embassy initiatives in the middle east Johnson seems to think that US foreign policy is all governed by what he calls the military industrial complex, a conspiratorial nexus linking the republican party and defense industries most of his research is sound and very insightful, but some of his conclusions are astonishingly naive and radical still, his general line of thought is highl [...]

    18. Good analysis of our overreaching American empire but because of the essay style format it gets a tad repetitive As short as this book is, it felt like it could have been even shorter Also, I felt the way sources were addressed was a little weak It basically says if you want sources, look them up on TomDispatch Seems kinda lazy if you ask me Nevertheless this book sends a powerful message, despite its flaws There s really no excuse not to read this.

    19. A good ol fashioned liberal leaning rant that s content could have been adequately covered in 2 pages instead of 200.Still, the I think about it, the it bothers me that foreign military spending isn t debated nearly as much as domestic spending issues, and for that reason I appreciate this book It s hard for me to not compare the US to a fading Roman empire It s an uncomfortable thought.I think I m becoming a libertarian

    20. First of all, I was sadned by the death of the brilliant Chalmers Johnson As of the book, it had good points, which I ve always agreed with, I mean just from the title, the acknowledgment of the existence of an American empire, denied by most Americans was enough for me It s just that sometimes it s a bit boring when the author gives irrelevant examples to illustrate, and that have nothing to do with the matter in question But anyhow, it was a good read

    21. Author Chalmers Johnson is the president of the Japan Policy Research Institute I had read his Sorrows of Empire and was very impressed with his thinking This book is a compilation of his essays written from 2004 2009 Johnson is an incisive thinker who is unafraid of talking truth to power and his ideas should at least be on the table for consideration It is interesting to see how many of his ideas from past years are still valid and important than ever.

    22. I have read Johnson s trilogy preceding this book this is a great summary of his perspective on the contemporary over extension of American imperial power in 200 or so pages as opposed to the perhaps 1400 or so in the other texts though the research and information in those books is invaluable Essential reading.

    23. Audiobook continued education, this book should be mandatory in schools Politics, Militarism I am ashamed at how little I know This book is written so it is easy to understand, maybe not comprehend why things are the way they are.Beware the Industrial Military Complex, none heeded Eisenhower and now we are in a big dodo.George you have to read this book

    24. The format of the book as a collection of essays is limiting, as some of the writing is repetitive Sample quote If we cannot cut back our long standing, ever increasing military spending in a major way, then the bankruptcy of the United States is inevitable We do not have much time left.

    25. I love Chalmers Johnsons exposes of government misdeeds particularly this about our military empire , but the book would have been far interesting if it had been written from scratch, rather than a reprint of already published essays.

    26. Another good book by Chalmers Johnson This book is part of his Blowback trilogy He does a great job again by explaining how our foreign policy and the military industrial complex is leading our nation down the path of other failed empires.

    27. I love Chalmers Johnson, but this was by far not one of his best books There were no footnotes, the prose was ranting at times, and the articles most reposted from the internet were repetitive and not much different from his earlier books Blowback was 100% better.

    28. An important message I already agreed with almost everything this author said before reading this book, but it was elegantly put Completely worth reading if you have any questions or concerns about how much money the US spends on defense.

    29. In the tradition of Kevin Phillips Wealth and Democracy , Johnson reiterates the mainstream media s ignoring of the economic consequences of empire and concentration of wealth the demise of our democracy, as predicted by Louis Brandeis.

    30. This book laid out a convincing argument strongly argued that the current direction of our nation in the global perspective is not only wrong headed it is self destructive and destructive of the rest of the world as well.

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