John Feffer

John Feffer

John Feffer is the author of the dystopian novel "Splinterlands" (2016) and the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His new novel, "Frostlands" (2018) is book two of his Splinterlands trilogy. Splinterlands book three "Songlands" will be published in 2021. His podcast is available here.

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Everything that Hillary Clinton faced during her hypothetical first term in office will apply to Joe Biden in his very real first term. (Photo: Getty) Views
Monday, November 16, 2020
Biden Rushes in Where Clinton Failed to Tread
Imagine for a moment that Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election in 2016. Imagine, in other words, that the "blue wall" of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania had held firm four years ago. Claiming election fraud, Donald Trump would have insisted on a recount and Election Day would...
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Let’s face it: The democracy that Donald Trump dropped on the floor suffered a great deal from the experience. It’s going to take more than an election to put it right. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
U.S. Democracy: The Four-Year Rule?
You know about the five-second rule. According to conventional wisdom, food that has dropped on the floor can be safely eaten if retrieved within five seconds. Some scientists have even set up experiments to confirm this folk saying. Of course, all bets are off if your toast falls on the floor...
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Sunday, November 01, 2020
This Election Is About Trump's Pandemic Failures. But What Happens Next?
In 2008, Americans voted for hope and change. In 2016, they voted for fire and fury—and change. In 2020, the vote for change comes from an entirely different quarter. Americans are rightly upset that their country, with only 4% of the world's population, has suffered 20% of the world's deaths. The...
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Sunday, October 04, 2020
Donald Trump Makes the Swamp Bigger
Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, DC. Instead, he not only brought his own corruption and that of his family to the nation’s capital. He also opened the door of his administration to a whole slew of influence-peddlers, scam artists, and sleazy lobbyists. Here...
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The Proud Boys, a right-wing pro-Trump group, are heavily armed with military weapons gather with their allies in a rally called âEnd Domestic Terrorismâ against Antifa in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The Mobster-in-Chief
The white mobs didn’t care whom they killed as long as the victims were Black. They murdered people in public with guns and rocks. They set fire to houses and slaughtered families trying to escape the flames. In East St. Louis in July 1917 , white vigilantes lynched Blacks with impunity. It was the...
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"Trump is entirely untethered from the truth. He will say whatever it takes to win," writes Feffer.  (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 11, 2020
How Trump Will Try to Win—or Steal—the Election
The party conventions are over. The presidential election is in two months. The polls suggest that Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate, will win by a large margin over the incumbent, President Donald Trump. But this is not an ordinary election. It is the first one in modern memory in which...
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Opposition supporters march to protest against disputed presidential elections results in Minsk on August 23, 2020. (Photo: Sergei Gapon / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
COVID-19 and the End of Autocrats
The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society, and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United States...
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"Trump is down in the polls, and desperate times call for desperate measures," writes Feffer. "It wouldn’t be the first time that Donald Trump rolled the dice in one last bid for the jackpot." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, August 13, 2020
What Will Trump Do to the World to Win Re-Election?
In 2016, Alan Lichtman departed from conventional wisdom to predict a Donald Trump victory in that year’s presidential election. The political scientist was following something he called the “13 keys to the White House.” Using this relatively straightforward metric, Lichtman had correctly predicted...
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Americans increasingly mistrust their institutions because growing numbers of us believe that we derive ever fewer benefits from them. (Photo: AP Photo / Matt Rourke) Views
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
How Covid–19 Could Upend Geopolitics
I don’t trust you. Don’t take it personally. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a friend or a stranger. I don’t care about your identity or your politics, where you work or if you work, whether you wear a mask or carry a gun. I don’t trust you because you are, for the time being, a potential carrier...
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A federal officer tells the crowd to move while dispersing a protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Trump's Use of Federal Paramilitaries Is a Classic Tactic of Autocrats to Test How Far They Can Push Their Authority
Federal agents poured into Portland, Oregon this month to crack down on anti-racism protests. They beat up peaceful protesters and fired impact munitions at demonstrators, seriously injuring one of them. They drove around the city in unmarked vans pulling people off the street. Trump is...
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