"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Nemesis Rising

Just a short post today. I feel this is a good time to introduce the work of one of America's most important scholars. Chalmers Johnson is a retired professor of Asian Studies at the University of California San Diego, and served from 1968 to 1972 as a consultant to the Office of National Estimates of the CIA.

Dr. Johnson has just completed the third work of his trilogy on American Empire which began in 2000 with Blowback, followed shortly by The Sorrows of Empire. His latest book, Nemesis: Last Days of the American Empire, gets a preview at TomDispatch.com. So without further ado...


Anonymous said...

Dr.Johnson makes valid points. We will either end up like the Roman or British empires.(preferably the latter.) But America as we percieve it today is nothing but a illusion. This country is already bankrupt we just don't want to admit it yet.

Coldtype said...

You are correct and unfortunately for many of us we will have no choice but to admit it when the cost of capital (credit) becomes prohibitive. For many Americans their lifestyles are built on a foundation of sand, smoke, and mirrors. Once this nation's leading creditors (China, Japan, Great Britain) decide that they can no longer support our debt--the party's over.

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