The Last Days of the American Republic

Book - 2007
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The long-awaited final volume of Chalmers Johnson's bestselling
"Blowback" trilogy confronts the overreaching of the American empire and the threat it poses to the republic
In his prophetic book "Blowback," Chalmers Johnson linked the CIA's clandestine activities abroad to disaster at home. In The Sorrows of Empire, he explored the ways in which the growth of American militarism and the garrisoning of the planet have jeopardized our stability. Now, in "Nemesis," he shows how imperial overstretch is undermining the republic itself, both economically and politically.
Delving into new areas--from plans to militarize outer space to Constitution-breaking presidential activities at home and the devastating corruption of a toothless Congress--"Nemesis" offers a striking description of the trap into which the dreams of America's leaders have taken us. Drawing comparisons to empires past, Johnson explores in vivid detail just what the unintended consequences of our dependence on a permanent war economy are likely to be. What does it mean when a nation's main intelligence organization becomes the president's secret army? Or when the globe's sole "hyperpower," no longer capable of paying for the vaulting ambitions of its leaders, becomes the greatest hyper-debtor of all times?
In his stunning conclusion, Johnson suggests that financial bankruptcy could herald the breakdown of constitutional government in America--a crisis that may ultimately prove to be the only path to a renewed nation.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Co., 2007
ISBN: 9780805079111
Branch Call Number: 973 .931 JOH
Characteristics: 354 p


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May 14, 2016

// Imperial overstretch \\ - - // unintended consequences \\ ???
Whatever is this author, a member of the patrician class, prattling on about????
Of course, if someone attacks me or steals from me and I fight back, that is NOT an unintended consequence!
The Great Obfuscatators: Chomsky and Chalmers and Krugman, et cetera!
It took Chalmers just how long before he began to see the light, but still he makes things murky?
America cannot go bankrupt as long as the US dollar is the world's reserve currency, but Russia and China are working on that - - or if Trump becomes the prez and actually goes back on Treasuries valuation - - similar and predictable outcome! [Nothing unintended about that either!] But I'm sure there are many Americans and Canadians who believed Chalmers poop!

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