Chalmers Johnson, RIP

Chalmers Johnson

The great Chalmers Johnson is no more. An examplary scholar, Johnson metamorphosed from a hardline Cold Warrior into one of the most formidable critics of the American Empire, mapping its ever expanding imperium of bases. His 2000 book Blowback was prophetic, and his subsequent books The Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis have been equally prescient. Each one is a must read.

Here is (to the best of my knowledge) the last recorded interview with Johnson in which he discusses his latest book, Dismantling the Empire, which I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet:

And here is an earlier conversation:

8 thoughts on “Chalmers Johnson, RIP”

  1. Says some sensible things, particularly about military overreach and the perils of debt, but for the most part just another tree-hugging intellectual.

  2. “To God we belong, and to Him is our return.”

    I literally just started reading his work a couple of weeks ago and I cannot express how his works have influenced my own thoughts. “Revolutionary Change” is a masterpiece, which I cited in my dissertation. “Blowback” is brilliant.

    To the OP, “Dismantling Empire” is a captivating read. There are SO many golden pieces of information in it.

    This really is heartbreaking.

  3. I have long admired Chalmers Johnson for his deep, informed and brilliant analyses and have used his book in teaching students in many parts of the world, including the U.S. and China. This was a great man, who has left us all too soon. Thanks for posting this excellent video. I urge those who haven’t done so to read Chalmers Johnson’s books. They take time, but you won’t come away from them unchanged.

  4. RIP. What a lovely man he was. Left behind some brilliant work which will continue to do good around the world even in his absence.

  5. I knew Chalmers, and have read many of his books. On several occasions I heard him speak at my Rotary Club, The La Jolla Rotary Club. He was a gifted intellectual who had the balls to say things exactly the way he saw them, and was able to research and see things that were not always obvious to most of us. We would be wise to heed his advise for the long term survival of the United States.

    Chalmers laid the foundation for the debate of “managed capitalism,” of the type practiced by China, Japan, Korea in his book, “MITI and the Japanese Miracle.”

    He was a wonderful human being.

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