Bill Moyers Endorses the Book Nemesis

Bill Moyers, journalist
Bill Moyers,

 … I know many people bridle at the word ‘Empire’ — ‘America’s a Republic, not an Empire,’ they say.  I once used the word in a speech and afterward a man came up to me and said in a very nice way, ‘Friend, there’s only one American empire—and if you haven’t tasted it, you’ve missed out on the best apple in the world.’  I didn’t get his name and address, or else I would send him a copy of NEMESIS. 

— Bill Moyers' Journal, Best Books of 2009, aired December 18, 2009, accessed August 19, 2011.  Video & transcript (preferred) or Permalink.

The Book, Nemesis, Reviewed by Its Author, Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson, author. Source:
Chalmers Johnson,
author. Source:

In Nemesis, I have tried to present historical, political, economic, and philosophical evidence of where our current behavior is likely to lead. Specifically, I believe that to maintain our empire abroad requires resources and commitments that will inevitably undercut our domestic democracy and in the end produce a military dictatorship or its civilian equivalent. The founders of our nation understood this well and tried to create a form of government—a republic—that would prevent this from occurring. But the combination of huge standing armies, almost continuous wars, military Keynesianism, and ruinous military expenses have destroyed our republican structure in favor of an imperial presidency. We are on the cusp of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire. Once a nation is started down that path, the dynamics that apply to all empires come into play—isolation, overstretch, the uniting of forces opposed to imperialism, and bankruptcy. Nemesis stalks our life as a free nation. 

– Chalmers Johnson, Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 278-9.

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Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, by Chalmers Johnson

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