Posted by: goatberg | March 31, 2008

Sunday Video (Chalmers Johnson on the fall of America)

On Monday this week. Just one video: An episode of Conversations with History from University of California Television, more than a year old but quite relevant. The youtube description:

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Chalmers Johnson for a discussion of his new book, Nemesis. In the interview, Johnson, an Emeritus Professor of the University of California, analyzes the impact of the American empire on democracy at home. Comparing the United States to Rome and Great Britain, he argues that a combination of military Keynesianism, the Bush administration’s attempt to implement a unitary presidency, and the failed checks on executive ambition point to political and economic bankruptcy.

The portrait Johnson paints is indeed grim. He goes as far as to say the entire situation may be hopeless and that the best a consciencious citizen can do is secure a life outside the states to escape to once the real collapse begins. The interview may seem dry at the beginning, but it’s one of the most vital discussions I’ve heard about just how far we’ve fallen and how far we still have to fall. (I came to it via this article, a worthwhile read.)


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