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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"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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While Trump may be expendable, Trumpism—which lies at the intersections of racial and sexual anxiety, hatred of government and the expert class, and opposition to cosmopolitan internationalism—is not so easily rooted out.  (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 26, 2020
What Will It Take to Defeat Trumpism?
Let’s assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November. Yes, that’s a mighty big assumption, despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump’s reelection prospects...
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The G7 nations don’t have the guts to stand up to the United States. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Is It Time to Boycott the United States?
In his infinite ignorance, Donald Trump has invited world leaders to the White House for a face-to-face meeting at the end of June. Unlike the other countries in the G7, the United States has yet to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. One of the hotspots that the White House itself has...
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The coronavirus crisis has thrown the global economy into cardiac arrest, and now you are acutely aware of the very markets that you had previously just assumed would function as normal. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, May 01, 2020
The Black Death Killed Feudalism. What Does COVID-19 Mean for Capitalism?
You pay little attention to the systems of your body—circulatory, digestive, pulmonary—unless something goes wrong. These automatic systems ordinarily go about their business, like unseen clockwork, while you think about a vexing problem at work, drink your morning cup of coffee, walk up and down...
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America, too, will live on. But it will have lost some further measure of its greatness thanks in no small part to the man who, however cynically, wanted to make it great again. Views
Friday, April 17, 2020
Living in Dystopia
In retrospect, it’s no surprise that, after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, dystopian fiction enjoyed a spike in popularity . However, novels like George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which soared on Amazon, would prove more horror stories than roadmaps. Like so...
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We are now in the early stages of another world war, call it World War III, this time against the common enemy of pandemic. Views
Thursday, April 02, 2020
We Need a Coronavirus Truce
During World War I, soldiers all along the Western front held a series of informal truces in December 1914 to commemorate Christmas. It was early in the war, and opposition had not yet hardened into implacable enmity. The military command, caught by surprise, could not impose complete battlefield...
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