John Atcheson

John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections, tentatively titled, WTF America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back on Track, which will be released in the Spring.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Beyond Protest: What Are We in Favor Of?
George Costanza of Seinfeld famously tried to sell a show about nothing to NBC executives. It didn’t go too well. When you get right down to it, that’s what the Democrats have been doing for decades now; it’s why they lost in 2016 to the most disliked, most distrusted candidate in the history of...
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Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 1:30pm
Ready... Fire... Aim: How an Unhinged Trump Is Threatening US National Security
Trump doesn’t do nuance. He got elected by overtly exploiting fear, spreading hate, and promising to make us safer. Unfortunately, his simple-minded approach to the Presidency is making us less safe. Here’s how. Going Off Half-Cocked Trump’s first act as commander-in-chief reveals how his off-hand...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 1:30pm
Meet the New Swamp, Same as the Old Swamp
Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington D.C.. Instead, he’s dredging the swamp of its old sewage and filling it with even more fetid waters. But here’s the thing neoliberals and Democrats seem unwilling to acknowledge, let alone understand: From Clinton to Obama, Democratic...
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Howard Dean speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July. Views
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:15am
No, Dr. Dean, Democrats Do Need to Fight It Out
While he was bowing out of the contest to head up the Democratic National Party, Howard Dean said the election of the next chair should not become a fight between Hillary supporters and Bernie supporters. With all due respect to Dr. Dean, the selection of the next chair is all about resolving that...
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Friday, November 11, 2016 - 9:45am
Taking a Bullet
There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader. - Mahatma Ghandi Pundits seem shocked by Trump’s victory. They shouldn’t have been. As I said here , here , here and as I’ve been saying for years, America is a left of center country, and Democrats have been ignoring it at their...
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 8:30am
Time for Some Mea Culpas from the Clinton Camp?
Donald Trump is doing everything he can to lose this election, and yet he remains within striking distance because too many people believe the lesser of two evils is still too evil to vote for. As the Wikileak emails increasingly reveal her obvious duplicity on big banks and Wall Street, the myth...
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 8:30am
Empire in Decline: When the Oligarchy Inherits the Wind
The unthinkable may well happen. The US may elect as President a racist, xenophobic, narcissistic, con man with no knowledge of policy or governance. As of now, Trump holds a slight lead over Clinton in the latest poll. Real progressives could be forgiven for feeling a healthy dose of schadenfreude...
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Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:30am
Making 'Our Revolution' Ours
One of the most remarkable things about Sanders’ campaign was how it electrified the young, reinvigorated progressives, and forced Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party to lurch desperately to the left. Of course, once she got the nomination, she wasted no time in tacking back to the right of...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 8:45am
Clinton Wins in A Cakewalk? Don't Bet the Ranch on It
If you listen to the media and the pundits, most are predicting a surefire Clinton victory – if not a landslide. One of the reasons for this misplaced optimism is that they seem to believe Sanders’ revolutionaries are all prepared to join hands with the PACster politicians and DLC types dominating...
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
What the Democrats Don't Get (And Why It Could Cost Them the Election)
If you’re a Democrat, you probably think the Democratic Convention was a big success. Not only did they silence the Bernie die-hards, but they dispatched some serious heavy artillery on Trump by calling out his fear mongering and his megalomanic, “Only I can fix it.” And, yes, the first post-...
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