The End of the American Empire: Chalmers Johnson Compilation - 2000-2007

Chalmers Ashby Johnson (August 6, 1931 – November 20, 2010) was an American political scientist specializing in comparative politics, and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. Listen to a Chalmers Johnson audiobook for free:

He served in the Korean War, was a consultant for the CIA from 1967 to 1973 and chaired the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1972. He was also president and co-founder with Steven Clemons of the Japan Policy Research Institute (now based at the University of San Francisco), an organization that promotes public education about Japan and Asia.

Johnson wrote numerous books, including three examinations of the consequences of what he called the "American Empire": Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis; The Last Days of the American Republic. A former Cold Warrior, he notably stated, "A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can't be both. If it sticks to imperialism, it will, like the old Roman Republic, on which so much of our system was modeled, lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship."

Johnson, Chalmers A (1962). Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power. Stanford University Press.
— (1999). An Instance of Treason: Ozaki Hotsumi and the Sorge Spy Ring. Diane Publishing Co.
— (1966). Revolutionary Change. Little Brown & Company.
Azrael, Jeremy R; Johnson, Chalmers A (1970). Change in Communist Systems. Stanford University Press.
Johnson, Chalmers A (1973). Conspiracy at Matsukawa. University of California Press.
Israel, John; Johnson, Chalmers A (1972). Ideology and Politics in Contemporary China. University of Washington Press.
Johnson, Chalmers (1978). Japan's Public Policy Companies. Aei Pr.
Johnson, Chalmers A (1982). MITI and the Japanese Miracle. Stanford University Press.
Johnson, Chalmers (1984). The Industrial Policy Debate. Ics Pr.
Johnson, Chalmers A; D'Andrea Tyson, Laura (1989). Politics and Productivity: The Real Story of Why Japan Works. HarperBusiness.
Johnson, Chalmers (1994). Japan: Who Governs? – The Rise of the Developmental State. W. W. Norton & Company.
Johnson, Chalmers (1999). "The Developmental State: Odyssey of a Concept". In Woo-Cumings, Meredith (ed.). The Developmental State. Cornell University Press. pp. 32–62.
— (2004). Blowback; The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (2nd ed.). Holt Paperbacks.
— (2004). The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic. Metropolitan Books.
— (2007). Nemesis; The Last Days of the American Republic. Metropolitan Books.
— (2010). Dismantling the Empire; America's Last Best Hope. Metropolitan Books.

Johnson was born in 1931 in Phoenix, Arizona, to David Frederick Johnson Jr. and Katherine Marjorie (Ashby) Johnson. He earned a BA in economics in 1953 and an MA and a PhD in political science in 1957 and 1961, respectively. Both of his advanced degrees were from the University of California, Berkeley. Johnson met his wife, Sheila, a junior at Berkeley, in 1956, and they married in Reno, Nevada, in May 1957.

During the Korean War, Johnson served as a naval officer in Japan.[6] He was a communications officer on the USS La Moure County, which ferried Chinese prisoners of war from South Korea back to ports in North Korea.[5] He taught political science at the University of California from 1962 until he retired from teaching in 1992. He was best known early in his career for his scholarship on the subjects of China and Japan.[7]

Johnson set the agenda for 10 or 15 years in social science scholarship on China, with his book on peasant nationalism. His book MITI and the Japanese Miracle, on the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, was the pre-eminent study of the country's development and it created the subfield of what could be called the political economy of development. He coined the term "developmental state." As a public intellectual, he first led the "Japan revisionists" who critiqued American neoliberal economics with Japan as a model, and their arguments faded from view as the Japanese economy stagnated in the mid-1990s and later. During that period, Johnson served as a consultant to the Office of National Estimates, part of the CIA, and contributed to analysis of China and Maoism.
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