Which Will It Be America, Empire or Democracy?

by Chalmers Johnson, Tomdispatch.com
www.alternet.org , February 2, 2007
In my usual hunt across the internet looking for links of interest I came upon an article by Chalmers Johnson that I feel I should mention here. He goes into a rather scholarly view of the American Military Bases across the world and a chilling scenario regarding our democratic ways. I feel the article is an eye-opener and well worth reading.

The dream of the Bush administration — eternal global domination — disappeared in Iraq. But it remains to be seen if the American people will choose to keep their empire or return to a constitutional democracy.
History tells us that one of the most unstable political combinations is a country — like the United States today — that tries to be a domestic democracy and a foreign imperialist. Why this is so can be a very abstract subject. Perhaps the best way to offer my thoughts on this is to say a few words about my new book, Nemesis, and explain why I gave it the subtitle, “The Last Days of the American Republic.” Nemesis is the third book to have grown out of my research over the past eight years. I never set out to write a trilogy on our increasingly endangered democracy, but as I kept stumbling on ever more evidence of the legacy of the imperialist pressures we put on many other countries as well as the nature and size of our military empire, one book led to another.
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Chalmers Johnson is a retired professor of Asian Studies at the University of California, San Diego. From 1968 until 1972 he served as a consultant to the Office of National Estimates of the Central Intelligence Agency. Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, the final volume in his Blowback Trilogy, is just now being published


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