Douglas Lummis

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C. Douglas Lummis is a writer, former professor at Tsuda College in Tokyo[1] and former U.S. Marine.[2]


Lummis was born in 1936 in San Francisco. He attended UC Berkeley on a Navy ROTC contract, and later did three years active duty in the Marines - the last year in Okinawa.[3] He retired from teaching at Tsuda College in 2000.[3]

Lummis' writings - many of which concern Japan's relationship to the United States - are extremely critical of US foreign policy.[2][4] His works include the books Radical Democracy, A New Look at The Chrysanthemum and the Sword and Japan's Radical Constitution.[3][5] He has also published numerous pieces in journals such as The Nation[6] and Japan Focus.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Susan Sontag has called Lummis "one of the most thoughtful, honorable, and relevant intellectuals writing about democratic practice anywhere in the world,"[3] while Karel van Wolferen has referred to him as an "eminent observer of the American-Japanese vassalage relationship."[4]

Lummis' ideas have been criticized by Francis Fukuyama and others in Foreign Affairs and other journals.[7]


  • Charles Douglas Lummis, Sang-jung Kang, and Toshihito Kayano. Kokka to Aidentiti wo Tou [An Inquiry into the State and Identity] (in Japanese). Iwanami Shoten, 2009.
  • Charles Douglas Lummis. Radical Democracy. Cornell University Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0-8014-8451-3


  1. ^ Sung-won Suh. Book Review Global Asia: A Journal of the East Asia Foundation, Fall, 2010
  2. ^ a b c Japan Focus: Douglas Lummis
  3. ^ a b c d Radical Democracy book
  4. ^ a b Karel van Wolferen. "The most monstrous lie of the twenty-first century", jottings, articles, books, 19 Sep. 2011
  5. ^ Douglas Lummis. "Round up The Usual Suspects...and Shoot Them" counterpunch, WEEKEND EDITION, MAY 11-13, 2011
  6. ^ Author Bios: C. Douglas Lummis
  7. ^ Francis Fukuyama. "Radical Democracy, C. Douglas Lummis" Foreign Affairs, September/October, 1996