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America's Superpower Status May Threaten its Democracy

Former cold warrior Chalmers Johnson seemed to foretell the attacks of 9/11 in his book Blowback. In his latest book, Nemisis, he warns that U.S. efforts to maintain its sole superpower status could l

America's Superpower Status May Threaten its Democracy

Tom Fudge: Empire. It's not a word we like to use to describe U.S. influence in the world. But Chalmers Johnson, a retired professor at UCSD, says it describes America's global influence quite well. He's not just talking about Iraq, but also about the hundreds of U.S. military bases spread all around the world.

In his latest book, he argues that this country will soon have to choose between keeping its democracy and keeping its empire. Johnson's latest book is called Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. The book is the third in a trilogy he's written that includes Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire. In Blowback, many people believe Chalmers Johnson foretold the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Will his book, Nemisis, also prove to be prophetic?

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Chalmers Johnson,author of Nemesis: The last days of the American Republic.

He is also the author of Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire.

Dr. Johnson is professor emeritus of the Graduate School of International Relations at UCSD. In the 1960s, he was an intelligence analyst who contracted with the CIA.