Maintaining heightened militarism "suggest(ed) that the Cold War was, in fact, a cover for something else; that something else being an American empire intentionally created during World War II as the successor to the British Empire. The Cold War was not the clean-cut conflict between totalitarian and democratic values that we had claimed it to be."
Most ominous about US imperialism is that "militarism is so central to ours....not (for) national defense....but as a way of life, as a way of getting rich or getting comfortable. (Yet it's) bankrupting the country...This is not free enterprise. (It's) state socialism," heading us for ruin. "And the precedents for this should really terrify us."
Johnson ended the interview quoting Pogo's observation, saying: "We have met the enemy and he is us."
On November 21, Steve Clemens wrote about the man he knew, worked with, and admired, his article titled, "The Impact Today and Tomorrow of Chalmers Johnson." Calling him "incorruptible and passionate about policy, theory and their practice," he can't "fathom him being gone....I just can't imagine that this blustery, irreverent, completely brilliant force won't be there to challenge Washington and academia." He "defied society's and life's rules and commanded an enormous following of acolytes and enemies."
His wife and lifelong intellectual partner, Sheila Johnson, a Ph.D in anthropology, a distinguished scholar in her own right, wrote this on her husband's passing:
"At about 1PM on Saturday, November 20, Chal breathed his last. Chal was in hospice care here at home for ten weeks. We tried to keep him as comfortable as possible, and many evenings our cat Seiji slept on his bed to keep him company."
Noting his last four books, she said "They paint a gloomy picture of a way of life grown old, and they perhaps cannot change the course of history, but they were written with the hope that readers would gain greater understanding as to what is happening to our Republic and the world." More on his books below.
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