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Chalmers Johnson– War Veteran, Professor, Author and Critic of U.S. Empire; Dead at 81

Chalmers Johnson, a vociferous critic of American imperialism and its impact on the world, has died following years of declining health.

Johnson served his country, both as a Korean War veteran and CIA consultant. He also fiercely criticized it, most notably in books like Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.

American imperial overstretch and crimes against humanity were prominent themes.

“The American people may not know what is done in their name,” he wrote, “but those on the receiving end surely do.”

A renowned expert on China and Japan, Johnson was president and co-founder of the San Francisco-based Japan Policy Research Institute and taught classes at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Diego.

He was 81 years old.

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