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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Poll Driven Spin Doctors in the Age of Big Money Elections
For too long, candidates from both parties have been conducting a cynical game of asking us what we want to hear, then feeding it back to us in carefully managed sound bites, while they dance to the tune of corporations and the uber rich. Leadership? At its best, this is like using a hood ornament...
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Will We Save the World? The Paris Summit and the Last Exit Before Armageddon
This December the world’s nations will gather in Paris to attempt to come to grips with climate change. The stakes are high, and all signs point a massive collision between the physics of what is required to limit climate change to safe levels, and the politics of what’s achievable. Unfortunately,...
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Saturday, July 04, 2015
Americans Have a Chance to Declare Independence from the Corporate Oligarchy
For the first time in a very long time, a candidate who represents the average citizen appears to have an outside shot at winning the Presidency. Will we have the good sense to elect him? First the facts. If you were to examine which candidate most closely represents the expressed will of the...
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Saturday, June 13, 2015
It's the Planet Stupid!: Capitalism and The Destruction of the Commons
There is a war going on right now between those who are working to protect the commons and the hard-core capitalists, who are working to privatize our economy, culture, ecology, environment and government. The stakes are high. The outcome will determine whether we live in a dystopian chaos, or a...
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Friday, May 22, 2015
As Long as We're Talking about Bush, Iraq, and the Patriot Act...
Republican Candidates have been tripping over their own tongues when it comes to Iraq. Rubio and Jeb Bush have been blithering idiots when asked if they would have invaded Iraq knowing what we know now. For the most part, the press is continuing to pretend Bush and the US were misled by “bad...
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Capitalism in America: Giving Crazy a Bad Name While Subverting Democracy
Ever since Milton Friedman’s series of essays on Capitalism and Freedom , conservatives have tried to link democracy and capitalism into essential handmaidens. But as the evidence shows, it’s a reality-busting bundle that only a psychotic could love. Or believe. The fact is, capitalism as practiced...
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Monday, March 30, 2015
There's a Reason the Big Banks Aren't Mad with Hillary
The Banks are hopping mad at Elizabeth Warren. So mad, they’re threatening to stop contributing money to the Democrats unless she stops being so … so … accurate in her criticisms. Translated, this means they realize she can’t be bought. Small wonder – Warren has been outspoken, plainspoken and...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Partners in Stupidity and the War on Terror
Casus belli anyone? So Obama wants Congress to authorize a war on ISIS. They’ll do it, of course, but not before the usual partisan sniping. So far the “debate” has been a festival of irrelevance. Should it be sun-setted? Is three years right? What about the open-ended authorization for Al-Qaeda...
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Saturday, November 29, 2014
Backing Hillary in 2016: Bad for Progressives and Bad Politics, Too
A closer look at the 2014 mid-term elections shows why the “inevitability” of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate is not only ethically questionable, it’s bad politics as well. Here’s why. First , it would be a mistake to think of 2014 as a typical mid-term election in which...
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Friday, October 31, 2014
Ten Things You Should Know Before Voting (Or Deciding Not To)
For going on 30 years now, politicians in general and Republicans in particular, have been using a variety of wag-the-dog issues based on fear, bigotry, and hatred to distract, deceive, or inflame voters. The end game is ignorance – not stupidity, but lack of awareness or knowledge – of how badly...
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