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Chalmers Johnson: “Blowback” “covert activity” and US liabilities

Posted by Jesse on January 18, 2008

Blowback is a term that refers to unintended consequences through covert actions by governments.
Listen to a great interview here.

Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley. He first visited Japan in 1953 as a U.S. Navy officer and has lived and worked there with his wife, the anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson, every year between 1961 and 1998.

Johnson has been honored with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation; and in 1976 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written numerous articles and reviews and some sixteen books, including Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power on the Chinese revolution, An Instance of Treason on Japan’s most famous spy, Revolutionary Change on the theory of violent protest movements, and MITI and the Japanese Miracle on Japanese economic development. This last-named book laid the foundation for the “revisionist” school of writers on Japan, and because of it the Japanese press dubbed him the “Godfather of revisionism.”

He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series “The Pacific Century,” and he played a prominent role in the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Losing the War with Japan.” Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000) and The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, which was published by Metropolitan in January 2004. Blowback won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation.

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Here’s some polls that show the division between issues and party

Posted by Jesse on December 11, 2007

Republican issues.Free Trade issuesBased on Likely Republican Voters.  (new Hampshire)

So it looks like Paul has a good showing. Everyone is aware of the fact that he is critical of so-called “free trade agreements.” These polls indicate both parties see them as a ‘bad thing.’

People obviously want to talk about the Iraq issue. He’s been outspoken and very prophetic about it.
And Iran? Take a look for yourself.
He’s an economist so that plays well into his understanding of the dillema America finds itself in. Which is, how are we going to pay for all the things we want?!
And he has a very strong stance on Immigration. That’s a given for the GOP.
Healthcare is huge and an economic issue, plus he’s a physician. Hard sell to the Dems, but when they match up his opposition to Big Pharma and government protection, and his appeal towards freedom of choice according to health treatment (i.e. alternative healthcare), how hard could it be?

As for experience. Ten terms. Knows the Consitution and votes accordingly.
Intelligence. He’s been telling congress what the CIA knows about Iraq and Iran. Do they listen?
He’s been trying to get through to Bernanke/Greenspan about bad monetary policy. Do they listen?
Honesty? Geez. Do you really have to ask? Some people are voting for him based on just that fact!

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