Scott Horton Interviews John Feffer

Scott Horton, December 24, 2011

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John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses his article “Two Leaders, Two Deaths,” comparing the legacies of former Czech president Vaclav Havel and N. Korean “dear leader” Kim Jong Il; Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution and Havel’s mixed-bag presidency, where his aspiration of “moral government” fell short in implementation; Kim Jong Il’s ability to defy the US and maintain his hermit kingdom (paid for by Koreans who suffered a repressive police state and starved to death by the millions); and the chance for food-for-nukes negotiations between the US and N. Korea’s successor regime.

MP3 here. (20:05)

John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His webpage is JohnFeffer.com.

He is the author of several books and numerous articles. He has been a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University. He is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. He has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia. He has taught a graduate level course on international conflict at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul in July 2001 and delivered lectures at a variety of academic institutions including New York University, Hofstra, Union College, Cornell University, and Sofia University (Tokyo).

John has been widely interviewed in print and on radio. He serves on the advisory committees of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea. He is a recipient of the Herbert W. Scoville fellowship and has been a writer in residence at Blue Mountain Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation. He currently lives with his partner Karin Lee in Hyattsville, Maryland.

3 Responses to “John Feffer”

  1. http://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/vaclav-havel

    The West was happy with the Havel's bigotry and duplicity to the point that when Russian Government was silent after his death, there were certain forces in the US condemning us for the lack of civility. Havel was showing us the other side of his personality – hatred, rabid intolerance, and bigotry.

  2. EMPIRE BUILDERS — SAVE US FROM THEM ALL

    John Feffer
    “North Korea floated the possibility of ending nuclear
    enrichment and missile launches, there are some
    positive signs if were willing to take them up on it.”

    Unless all the anti-US nations get powerful enough and united enough to stop Empire USA dead in its tracks, surely this would will expire in a convulsion.

    Comes now John Feffer, a charter member in the most wealthy power combine the world has ever known, the voting majority 51% most wealthy who rule Empire USA, and he to call it “positive signs” when enemies of their Empire get weaker, which would make his Empire more powerful, glorious and wealthy.

    NEW LAW
    No American of the voting majority 51% most
    wealthy shall be interviewed by AntiWar.com.

  3. MORALITY — BORN OF SLOW AND CAREFUL THOUGHT

    The dictators of North Korea and Empire USA, they rule not because they have the best brains, but because they have the best ability to kill type brains.

    For be it the ability to kill in combat or to bankrupt your competition in capitalism, it all depends upon the speed at which you can rationalize a problem and take corrective action.

    Problem is, fast speed thinkers are the absolute worse for running a moral and just society. For morality is the slowness at which you rationalize a problem, which gives you the best ability to take no greedy or angry action.

    NEW LAW
    No one shall hold public office who is of the voting majority, the 51% most aggressive and wealthy. In short, government shall be ruled only by those who do the hard manual labor that generates all of society’s wealth.

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