John Atcheson

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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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:30am
Confederacy of Dunces 2: The Democratic Establishment is Sleepwalking Toward Disaster, And Sanders Supporters are Letting Them Do It
Bernie Sanders is trying to start a revolution, and if ever there was a country in need of one, the US is it. But his defeat in South Carolina and the polls heading into Super Tuesday suggest the revolution is in jeopardy. A quick look at the other candidates in the race tells you how desperate we...
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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 1:45pm
Voodoo Journalism: Dr. Krugman Strikes Again—Risking His Credibility
Paul Krugman is at it again. This time, he’s using his position as the leading progressive columnist in the “nation’s newspaper of record,” to ballyhoo a letter from four former heads of the Council of Economic Advisors. Their letter criticizes an economic analysis of Bernie Sanders’ policies...
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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:00am
Establishment Democrats Missing the Moment – And the Point
This is one of those pivotal moments in history when real, fundamental change is possible. When we can shift the terms of the national debate, recapture power from the plutocrats and return it to the people, and restore democracy to our nation. But the Democratic Party Establishment is busy...
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Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 3:00pm
On Sale Now: Your Government
Let the Bidding Begin... What’s happening here, in this campaign, is pretty simple. There’s a bidding war going on for the control of government. For the first time, the masses of people who’ve been left out of the political process are standing on an equal footing with corporations and the uber...
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:45am
Indignation as Distraction: Team Clinton Goes on Offense to Play Defense
In the last Democratic debate, Hillary came out swinging, challenging Sanders on his statements about her “progressivism” and whether the millions she’s getting from Wall Street will influence her decisions should she become president. She hasn’t let up, and now a lot of her surrogates are piling...
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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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