The June 2021 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series helps you understand the problems in U.S. foreign policy and some bold ways to solve those problems and support peace and justice worldwide.
Two guests explored the problems and solutions:
- John Feffer is a Project Director working on a variety of foreign policy issues at the Institute for Policy Studies, an exceptionally savvy non-profit organization based in Washington DC. Their website is ips-dc.org. I enjoyed reading his writings for a long time, even before I recruited him to be a guest for this interview.
- Metta Spencer is a retired professor of Sociology with a long, impressive history of working for peace worldwide. She has dual citizenship (U.S. and Canadian) and lives in Toronto. She has been publishing Peace Magazine for about 40 years, conducts worldwide interviews about peace issues, and hosts the website tosavetheworld.ca
We mentioned the U.S.’s long-standing bi-partisan foreign policy that had existed long before Trump made it horribly worse. We discussed several ways to repair the damage that Trump had caused. We identified some major global dangers (military weapons, climate disruption, famine, pandemics, radioactive contamination and cyber-attacks). We proposed some overall values, ethics and principles that we believe should start guiding U.S. foreign policy. We proposed fresh ways to deal with military spending, the “war on terror,” Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. We discussed and highlighted relationships among a variety of issues such as hunger, pandemics, cyber-attacks, and the increase in right-wing governments around the world. We proposed some macro-level “paradigm shifts” to expand the range of solutions that should be considered “politically feasible.”
We did not have time to discuss our guests’ organizing efforts, but the thorough summary document I’m linking below does mention those and many additional sources of information.