Creating people's geographies
Three recent interrelated pieces on US Empire vs Republic worth a look.
The first is Democracy Now’s interview with Chalmers Johnson, in which this scholar and CIA analyst argues in his new book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic that US military and economic overreach may lead to the nation’s collapse as a constitutional republic. Johnson’s latest book is the last volume in his Blowback trilogy, following Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire. In this trilogy, Johnson argues that clandestine and military activity has led to unintended disaster in the United States. See also his article in Harper‘s Magazine and at TomDispatch.
The second is Laurence M. Vance’s brief but valuable survey ‘Update on the Empire’ at Lew Rockwell.
The third is BBC Four’s award winning documentary Why We Fight, with thanks to Ed for pointing it out. The historical context it provides on the military-industrial complex and the range and quality of guests from Gore Vidal to Karen Kwiatowski to Chalmers Johnson is excellent. I’ve posted a video clip (below) that shows the first 22 minutes only; for the documentary in its entirety (99 minutes) see Google Video here or visit the dedicated website Why We Fight.