Scott Horton Interviews John V. Walsh

Scott Horton, October 30, 2009

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John V. Walsh, frequent contributor to Counterpunch.org and Antiwar.com, discusses Democratic Left leaders’ frequent visits to Kabul, the inability of a puppet government to be representative, China’s preference for international trade over military confrontation and how the USSR was felled by an unworkable centrally planned economy.

MP3 here. (36:45)

John V. Walsh is Professor of Physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He frequently writes for Counterpunch and Antiwar.com.

9 Responses to “John V. Walsh”

  1. Interesting interview. I hope Walsh went somewhere besides Beijing and Shanghai. Or got away from 5-star hotels and westernized shopping districts in Beijing and Shanghai.

    Scott, why not come visit me in Changchun? It's one of those industrial cities that tourists never visit.

  2. Lester, I'd love to, but my travel across the world budget has been a bit depleted as of late unfortunately. One day…

  3. Scott, next time you need a job, come teach English for six months or a year. XYZ university will pay for your ticket over, if you talk right, and a ticket home is a normal part of the contract. It'd improve your talk show hosting. US media is full of people bloviating ignorantly, whose knowledge comes from visits to restaurants, Charlie Chan movies, Yellow Peril prejudices, Cold War political education. You would have real knowledge, real experience.

    The same goes for anyone reading here. If you're a native speaker and have a college degree, that's all you need to teach English. Plus a can-do attitude.

  4. Scott, from one Star Wars fan to another, I loved your "Star Destroyer" reference. It was apt. West End Games did some great stuff between 1987-1998, but one of their big errors was the claim that the Empire possessed 30,000 such ships. They couldn't even name them all!! 300 is more like it. Otherwise, Endor seems like a manageable defeat (hit pause, there are about 40 Destroyers, plus the Executor and the unfinished Death Star 2, against a similar number of varied Rebel ships) and Lucas has said that the war basically ends there.
    Sure, it's a whole galaxy, but only a tiny fraction of planets are inhabited.

  5. Sott, Some people are unaware of the term "Chinaman" is a racial slur. I am sure you don't intend to use it that way. Please don't use it next time. Thank you.

  6. Scott, I meant Scott, not Sott.

  7. Remember, guys, when righty militias are attacking liberals and lefty militias fight back; when the religious rightniks obey Rod Parsley/Pat Robertson/John Haggee and start turning America back into a Xtn country by killing the Muslims, the Pagans, the Catholics, the Buddhists…, and they fight back; when disappointed Rapture fans start punishing Jews for not rebuilding that Temple like they were supposed to, thus holding back Jesus; when Black/Red/Yellow/Brown militias resist those angry White guy militias, trying to bring back the good old Jim Crow days,; and in general when the whole US is a lot like Kansas and Missouri and Arkansas in 1864, but worse; I'll be in Kunming, having eggs sunny side up with my hash browns and garlic, and wondering if black rum would go good with my coffee.

  8. Noted. And apologies to all due them.

    –Scott

  9. If anyone would like to see if the Chinese government is as oppressive as it has been made out to be do some research on the spiritual movement called Falun Gong. There are so many facets of the systematic attempt to annihilate Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) that I could not clearly illustrate them in a short message. There is a severe misunderstanding of exactly how oppressive the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is. From the CCP's banning of Falun Gong to Its organ harvesting of live Falun Gong practitioners, there seems to be nothing benign about this government.

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