John Feffer

John Feffer

John Feffer is the author of the dystopian novel Splinterlands and the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His new novel, Frostlands, a Dispatch Books original and book two of his Splinterlands series, has just been published. His podcast is available here.

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It wasn’t supposed to be this way. There was supposed to have been greater uniformity in response. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, March 20, 2020
What the Coronavirus Says about Us
A crisis, according to self-help and leadership books, reveals much about a person’s character. The same can be said of a nation’s character. Since the latest pandemic began to spread out of China in 2020, countries responded in very different ways to the challenge. There was ingenuity,...
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Trump believes that he already owns the island, that he’s now the survivor-in-chief. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 09, 2020
President Trump as a Political Hit Man
Donald Trump filed his paperwork to run for reelection only hours after his inauguration in January 2017, setting a presidential record, the first of his many dubious achievements. For a man who relished the adulation and bombast of campaigning, it should have surprised no one that he charged out...
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President Donald Trump looks on next to Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Views
Saturday, March 07, 2020
Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?
At a dinner party in mid-February, an architect told me that he was having a problem finishing his building projects. It was the carpets. It might seem ridiculous to expect that a pathogen, even one that spreads at the rate of a pandemic, could reverse an economic trajectory that's more than a...
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Trumpism is what happens when a compromised immune system meets an unusual pathogen. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 30, 2020
America’s Coronavirus: Containing the Outbreak of Trumpism
The epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak is widely thought to be a wet market in Wuhan. At such markets, seafood, chicken, and other conventional foodstuffs are on sale alongside live animals. You can buy more than just dogs and cats there. Local epicures also shop for more exotic fare like...
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The Space Force is a huge white elephant, worse than the Reagan-era missile defense system dubbed Star Wars. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Trump's Space Force Means Trump Not Satisfied Being Terrible Only on This Planet
With a stroke of a pen, Donald Trump created an entirely new branch of the armed forces last year. It’s the first new branch of the U.S. military since 1947. The Space Force is not exactly a new idea. It’s a revival of a Reagan-era initiative that had been set up to oversee missile defense, which...
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The administration justified the killing of Soleimani by suggesting that he and Iran’s surrogates throughout the region were on the verge of attacks that threatened U.S. soldiers. It has not provided evidence for these imminent attacks.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 09, 2020
The Endless War With Iran
The United States has been in a 40-year cold war with Iran. Just like the cold war with the Soviet Union, the conflict between Washington and Tehran has been fought largely through proxies: in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq. Iranian-aligned organizations like Hezbollah have attacked U.S. targets, such as...
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It would be a different matter if the U.S. military were plotting to unseat Trump and replace him with a four-star general.(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Whose Coups?
Coups have been one of the greatest threats to democracy. The people elect a daring leader willing to take on the status quo. And then, as in Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973, the military pushes the leader aside to take control. Sometimes the generals remain in power; sometimes they restore a royal...
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The new right has set about reordering the political landscape. Mainstream parties have lost credibility. Politics have become even more polarized. Not just liberalism but democracy itself is under attack. (Photo: The Battle for Another World / Institute for Policy Studies) Views
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Inside the Battle for Another World
A succession of social upheavals over the last decade has radically realigned political power throughout the world. As a result of these tectonic shifts, what had once been on the furthest fringes of the right has now moved toward the center while the left has been pushed to the margins. “Things...
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?
One of the hallmarks of a democratic political system is that voters change their minds. In North Korea, 100 percent of voters support the ruling party coalition in election after election. In South Korea since 1998, voters backed 10 years of progressive candidates followed by 10 years of...
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As Trump’s latest interventions into the military justice process suggest, he is determined to keep these attacks on civilians beyond prosecution. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home
It’s a cliché in Westerns. The bad guys ride into town only to be met by a sheriff who stands tall. “I am the law,” the sheriff says, “and you boys better move on.” This line appears in King Vidor’s 1930 film, Billy the Kid . But the speaker, sheriff William Donovan, is one of the bad guys, using...
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