Jeffrey Sachs on JFK's Quest for Peace

Monday, June 10, 2013

Jeffrey Sachs highlights the foreign policy triumphs of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and the crusade for world peace that he focused on in office. The last great campaign of John F. Kennedy’s life was not the battle for reelection he did not live to wage, but the struggle for a sustainable peace with the Soviet Union. To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace looks at October 1962 to September 1963, when JFK used his political skills to establish more peaceful relations with the Soviet Union and to slow down the proliferation of nuclear arms.


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Comments [5]

jack francis winn from cambridge,ma

I have a difficult time understanding why the American public is far more interested with JFK's extracurricular consensual marital affairs than the "Unsolved Murder of the Century...The Assassination of an American President" by his own Government mainly because he refused to start wars in Cuba and Vietnam and was very close to negotiating an end to the Cold War....millions have died who otherwise would have lived and untold Trillions have been spent on armaments and wars b/c he was successfully terminated.

Aug. 14 2013 01:11 PM
John A

When I first saw the title of the segment, I had to think 'frustration-regression, now that Zucotti park has been shut down'.
After listening, I get it that the problem of political will can be solved by the right willful politician. Will give the book a look.

Jun. 10 2013 02:02 PM

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Sachs has also been criticized by leftists for having an overly neoliberal perspective on the economy. Nancy Holmstrom and Richard Smith pointed out that, in advising implementation of his shock therapy on the collapsing Soviet Union, Sachs "supposed the transition to capitalism would be a natural, virtually automatic economic process: [...]They go on to cite the drastic decreases in industrial output over the ensuing years, a near halving of the country's GDP and of personal incomes, a doubling of the suicide rate, and a skyrocketing unemployment rate.[21] [...]

While dubbed an economic success, the transition orchestrated by Lipton and Sachs in Poland has been met with criticism.[8][...]
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Jun. 10 2013 01:39 PM

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Jun. 10 2013 01:24 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Looking back we would probably call 1961-3 the time of most intense conflict between the U.S. and Soviet Union: the Soviet Union's economy hadn't weakened that much yet, and Vietnam hadn't distracted both countries from direct conflict. (And at that time of tremendous danger the Church was issuing the calm, peaceful, beautiful documents of Vatican II.)

Jun. 10 2013 05:52 AM

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