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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Trump, too, has an apocalyptic view of the world: American carnage, international chaos. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Ayatollah Trump: The Global Rise of the Christian Right
If Donald Trump goes to church regularly, he’s kept it a pretty good secret. He and his wife have made sure to alert the press on the few times he does attend services, for instance on Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day . Otherwise, the president seems to worship regularly only at the Church of the...
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Progressives need to join with lots of other political actors in the United States to capitalize on the widespread fear that Donald Trump — or someone very much like him — could win the presidential election in 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
After Trump
Donald Trump has shaken up U.S. foreign policy. Most of what he has done has been disastrous, like pulling America out of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. He has been erratic, unprincipled, aggressive, and unilateral. And yet, he has also created some interesting opportunities,...
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Climate change will, for instance, disproportionately affect the poor since the rich can use their money to cushion the effects.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal
It’s become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the “loony left.” These pundits, who usually place themselves in a comfortable “moderate” position, adopt a tone of consummate reasonableness. The...
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Trump and his supporters want that wall to prevent all these privileges—individual, communal, national —from leaking out. It’s the architectural equivalent of a gun. As with guns, the sense of safety and security is almost entirely illusory. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Psychology of the Wall
Geopolitics, like thermodynamics, has its laws of conservation. If a wall comes down in one place, you can bet that it will go up somewhere else. It wasn’t long after the Berlin Wall fell that different kinds of walls went up in Eastern Europe. New borders separated the Czech Republic from Slovakia...
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Venezuela’s economic miseries are largely homegrown, and they are particularly painful given the huge oil resources at the country’s command.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro
Thousands of people, mostly women, protested the food shortages in their country by banging on pots and pans as they marched in the streets. They loudly opposed the socialist policies of the government. The police eventually dispersed the protestors, but pressures on the government were mounting...
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Trump is desperate to demonstrate that he can successfully negotiate with someone, anyone.(Photo: Marina Linchevska via Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Next US-North Korea Summit
The second meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un is scheduled for next month. The most likely location will be Vietnam. The agenda is much the same as before: how to get North Korea to denuclearize and the United States to dismantle its sanctions regime. The question remains: which side will...
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The Reichstag fire, a tragedy Hitler used to seize almost unlimited power. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Friday, January 11, 2019
Will Trump Rule by Decree?
The Republican Party, since its takeover by Reaganauts in the 1980s, has long favored shrinking the federal government to the point at which it can be “drowned in the bathtub,” to use Grover Norquist’s colorful phrase. Tax cuts reduce the federal budget. Budget cuts weaken social programs. Even...
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In 2019, Trump will face greater pressure from the investigation by Robert Mueller.(Gage Skidmore via Flickr) Views
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Peak Trump
As he nears the end of his second year in office, Donald Trump has reached the high point of his influence and power. For the last two years, the president has relied on a Congress controlled by the Republican Party. He took advantage of this congressional control to appoint two Supreme Court...
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A New World Order is indeed beginning to tyrannize America and Donald Trump is encouraging the globalists responsible to do even more of the same. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, December 17, 2018
The New World Order Is Here
You know the story: the globalists want your guns. They want your democracy. They’re hovering just beyond the horizon in those black helicopters. They control the media and Wall Street. They’ve burrowed into a deep state that stretches like a vast tectonic plate beneath America’s fragile government...
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Tear gas is only the latest indignity visited upon the people waiting in Mexico for safe passage out of the horror that had become their lives. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, November 29, 2018
It’s a Borderful World
Nation-states: what a quaint notion. As a means of organizing territory, they seem to be a brief transition period between large empires and an even larger, borderless world. Sure, nation-states might live on in the form of anthems and flags and independence days, but the idea of fixed borders just...
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