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Chalmers Johnson

For a Few Weeks After 9/11, We Read and Thought. After Paris, This Reading/Viewing List Might Be Helpful.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.16.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

For those who want to understand where terrorism comes from --- or, bluntly: Why do they hate us? --- here's a reading/viewing list.

Not Noticing American Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Is it that a genuine acknowledgement of the existence of a vast network of global garrisons would lead to uncomfortable conclusions about the imperial nature of this country? I'm not sure myself. That they remain largely surrounded by an accepted and acceptable silence, however, continues to be an American reality.

One Thing Americans Should Know About Iraq

Nan Levinson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Nan Levinson

So it's 10 years later and Iraq is splintering, probably regardless of what the U.S. does. Does it matter who screwed the pooch? Yes, for a number of reasons, and the sweetness of saying, "I told you so," is the least of them.

What?? Michael Oren Going to Scowcroft Center

Steve Clemons | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Steve Clemons

There are some exceptions, but one of the major failings of Washington's think tank and policy communities is a general unwillingness to embrace the people and ideas that run counter to an institution's own. They are contributing to the political and intellectual fragmentation dividing and paralyzing this town.

If You Really Want to Understand Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria (and More), You Need Context. Try Blowback

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The message that our military has exported for the last half century --- America as a super-nation, as the exception to all rules --- has made its way around the world and has returned home. Too bad so few of us have read Chalmers Johnson.

What Would Chal Think?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

"Chal" was Chalmers Johnson, who died in November 2010. I've regularly wished that I could just pick up the phone and get his mordant take on the vast global surveillance state Washington is building, another instance of what he called "military Keynesianism" run amok.

Filling the Empty Battlefield

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.23.2013 | Books
Tom Engelhardt

There was a secret history of twenty-first-century American war crying out to be written. Now, we have it in the form of Jeremy Scahill's latest book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.

The Military Industrial Complex: The Enemy From Within

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having been co-opted by greedy defense contractors, corrupt politicians and incompetent government officials, America's expanding military empire is bleeding the country dry.

The Blowback World of Chalmers Johnson: Remembering the Man and His Work

Sheila K. Johnson | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Sheila K. Johnson

In going through my husband's files, books, and papers after his death, I've been forcibly struck by how, contrary to what many of his obituaries said, his writings and thoughts were remarkably consistent throughout his life.

"Blowback" and "Baseworld": Remembering Chalmers Johnson

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

On November 20, Chalmers Johnson, scholar of East Asian development and critic of American empire, died at age seventy-nine.

Blowback

John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

We owe the way we know the world to school-masters droning over the map of the day, blurbing stories of how empty space gets magically replaced wi...

The Impact Today and Tomorrow of Chalmers Johnson

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Chalmers Johnson led the way in understanding the dynamics of how states manipulated their policy conditions and environments to speed up economic growth. Johnson passed away Saturday; He was 79.

Deficit Commission Recs: We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Rob Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Johnson

These are money party recommendations from a Commission appointed by two money parties that survive on money to conjure votes through media expenditure in a money politics distorted framework.

Contemporary Poverty and theTasks of the Left

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

There is certainly trouble looming at home, trouble for which we all need to be prepared, and trouble that we would do well to avert by systematic and extensive social reform before it occurs.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Iraq

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Brit Hume of FOX News once compared Iraq's murder rate to California's to downplay the level of American casualties because the two places are similar...