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The Sorrows of Empire Militarism Secrecy and the End of the Republic the American Empire Project by Chalmers Johnson - Breaks Through the Deliberate Obfuscation of Our Government and Media

The Sorrows of Empire Militarism Secrecy and the End of the Republic the American Empire Project by Chalmers Johnson - Breaks Through the Deliberate Obfuscation of Our Government and Media

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The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project) by Chalmers

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Since September 2001, the United States has undergone a transformation from republic to empire that may well prove irreversible, writes Chalmers Johnson. Unlike past global powers, however, America has built an empire of bases rather than colonies, creating in the process a government that is obsessed with maintaining absolute military dominance over the world, Johnson claims. The Department of Defense currently lists 725 official U.S. military bases outside of the country and 969 within the 50 states (not to mention numerous secret bases). According to the author, these bases are proof that the United States prefers to deal with other nations through the use or threat of force rather than negotiations, commerce, or cultural interaction. This rise of American militarism, along with the corresponding layers of bureaucracy and secrecy that are created to circumvent scrutiny, signals a shift in power from the populace to the Pentagon: A revolution would be required to bring the Pentagon back under democratic control, he writes. In Sorrows of Empire, Johnson discusses the roots of American militarism, the rise and extent of the military-industrial complex, and the close ties between arms industry executives and high-level politicians. He also looks closely at how the military has extended the boundaries of what constitutes national security in order to centralize intelligence agencies under their control and how statesmen have been replaced by career soldiers on the front lines of foreign policy--a shift that naturally increases the frequency with which we go to war. Though his conclusions are sure to be controversial, Johnson is a skilled and experienced historian who backs up his claims with copious research and persuasive arguments. His important book adds much to a debate about the realities and direction of U.S. influence in the world. --Shawn Carkonen Features:

* BUY WITH CONFIDENCE, Over one million books sold! 98% Positive feedback. Compare our books, prices and service to the competition. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed * Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark. Most American should, by this point, be experiencing a great level of cognitive dissonance. As they read and watch the rhetoric sold to them by their government, and the equally complicitous corporate media, they should intuitively feel that reality is a far cry from what is being represented. In the last eight years especially, what we are being told is taking place is the exact opposite of what is really transpiring: protecting freedom by abolishing the 4th Amendment; war for peace; fighting for our way of life as a euphemism for fighting for private corporate interests; protecting free markets by providing corporate welfare and bailouts of corporate practitioners of maleficence; fighting for the human rights of our fellow man, but only those that reside over oil reserves. The list goes on ad nauseam. What Chalmers Johnson does in The Sorrows of Empire is break through the disinformation campaign being perpetrated on the world and expose our practices for what they really are: maintenance and expansion of empire. The word empire is taken by many as a pejorative, and they recoil from any serious consideration of the possibility that America may actually be one. When they think of an empire, they think about the Romans, Alexander, or Khan, and then they contrast their understanding of those ancient empires with their own contemporary lifestyle. They subsequently discount the notion that America has become an empire and continue to support the politicians who depend on their ignorance. This book allows such a reader to see beyond the world he perceives through the blinders of corporate media obfuscation and government propaganda. It permits him to look beyond the smoke and mirrors and to see the world as it actually is. From his recounting of the historical events that have brought us to empire, to his reporting of contemporary events that compel us to maintain empire, Chalmers Johnson is able to provide valuable insight to the American citizen who clings to the false notion that we remain the constitutional republic intended by our founders.

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