John Feffer is the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His dystopian novel, Splinterlands, a Dispatch Books original (with Haymarket Books), was published in December 2016. He is a TomDispatch regular.
The states of the future will marry the least savory aspects of collectivism and capitalism.
Ferguson has put America’s racial apartheid on the global stage.
Both thrive on the breakdown of the existing social order.
If inequality sells in bookstores and box offices, it will sell at the polls as well.
Plagued by poor infrastructure, climate denialism, unregulated fracking wells and nuclear waste sites, the United States is poised to topple itself with self-inflicted wounds.
Even as we condemn the introduction of Russian troops in Crimea, we have to remember that the Cold War is over—and both sides must act that way.
The Obama administration's strategic rebalance is really just a retreat.