John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, an eco-thriller and Book One of a Trilogy centered on global warming. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Jose Mercury News and other major newspapers. Atcheson’s book reviews are featured on Climateprogess.org.

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:15am
Progressive 3.0: Beware the Latest Version of Hillary Clinton
Listening to Hillary last night trying to pass herself off as a progressive is like watching a chameleon change colors to match its surroundings. Not quite the same, however. The chameleon’s move is defensive. Hillary’s is strictly offensive. The poll-tested, focus-grouped phrases like “a...
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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 1:00pm
It's a Movement, Stupid: Why Bernie Can Deliver on Promises of Change, While the Sensible Centrists Can’t
The Democratic Party is engaged in an epic battle about how change happens. On one side is the establishment who are backing Hillary’s cautious, pragmatic, and incremental approach. On the other are the Sanders supporters who are calling for a revolution. There’s an irony in this debate. The...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 8:45am
A Confederacy of Dunces: The Democratic Establishment’s Assault on Sanders Begins
"When a true genius appears in your world, you may know him by this sign; that all the dunces are against him in a confederacy." —Jonathon Swift Well, it’s started. You knew it would. The Democratic establishment is going into attack mode as their anointed one – Hillary Clinton – is in danger of...
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Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 10:15am
What the Mainstream Doesn’t Get About Bernie Sanders
The normally perspicacious Paul Krugman wrote a column on Friday entitled “ How Change Happens .” The last paragraph sums up his argument nicely: Sorry, but there’s nothing noble about seeing your values defeated because you preferred happy dreams to hard thinking about means and ends. Don’t let...
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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 9:00am
A Tale of Two Debates
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Well, maybe not the best, but the Republican debate last week was certainly about as bad as it gets. Let’s look at some of the worst of times– that is to say, the Republican debate. It’s clear they live in an alternate universe; one that is not...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 8:45am
The Oligarchy is Using Our Lizard Brain to Enable a Silent Coup
Once again, the fear machine is going into full force as the Presidential primary campaign heats up. If there’s one thing the politicians in general and Republicans in particular don’t want, it’s people going to the polls with their wits about them. They need people to think and vote with their...
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Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 9:45am
COP 21: What It Does—And Doesn't—Accomplish
The deadline for coming up with an agreement at COP 21 has been extended until Saturday. But the penultimate draft of the agreement has been published, and we now know the basics of what will emerge. There are some positive things coming out of the meeting, but it’s important to understand what it...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 8:30am
The Oligarchy vs. The People: Why We Need a 'Political Revolution'
Hillary Clinton is racking up endorsements from large unions and other groups that used to represent the interests of the people they served. Now they’ve joined the press, the political parties and government as tools of the oligarchy. It’s been apparent for decades that the US is no longer a...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:45am
Idiocracy Arrives Five Centuries Early
Watching the debate last night, it’s hard to keep your head from exploding from the accumulation of outrage and consternation at the utter stupidity of a third of our fellow citizens, who swallow this bunk. But the sheep-like passivity of the rest is no less infuriating. The whole political scene...
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Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 11:45am
The Fingers on the Trigger
Here we are again. Another tragedy. Our souls cry out for justice, in the vain hope of erasing our collective national grief and shame. In the last decade, there have been 316,545 deaths from gun violence, more than 1,000 times as many as have been caused by terrorism in the same time period. But...
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