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, June 18, 2012 - 8:31am
Dark Ages Redux: American Politics and the End of the Enlightenment
We are witnessing an epochal shift in our socio-political world. We are de-evolving, hurtling headlong into a past that was defined by serfs and lords; by necromancy and superstition; by policies based on fiat, not facts. Much of what has made the modern world in general, and the United States in particular, a free and prosperous society comes directly from insights that arose during the Enlightenment.
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Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 11:13am
Solyndra Redux: Anatomy of a Republican Hit Job
Republicans have launched a full-scale attack on clean energy, and Solyndra always seems to be exhibit A in their assault. Recently, Romney went so far as to fabricate tales of Obama showing favoritism in this Bush-initiated loan – a whopper even by Romney’s record of
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Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 10:50am
Compromise Coming Home to Roost: The Real Problem with Obama’s Capitulation
The stock market’s down. GDP is on life-support. Jobs numbers are cratering. The economy is tanking. And you can bet Republicans will jump on this disaster to push their starve the beast strategy of making government even more ineffective so they can justify gutting it even more. Why? So they can give million dollar tax cuts to millionaires, cut regulations on industry and the financial sector, and eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, student loans, unemployment and virtually anything else that benefits low and middle income Americans.
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Monday, May 28, 2012 - 8:43am
So You'd Like Me to Contribute to the Democratic Campaign?
You get them. The letters from Obama or Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The calls from state Democratic candidates telling you what’s at stake. They show up around election time with increasing frequency – sort of like Obama’s speeches about “change,” and his embrace of progressive principles. In 2007, I gave what was for me, a lot. And I ended up feeling like Charlie Brown after Lucy snatches the football away – fooled again. No more.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 9:10am
'Faster Than We Thought': An Epitaph for Planet Earth
Sometime later this Century, a writer will sit down and attempt to document how his or her grandparents’ generation could have all but ignored the greatest disaster humanity has ever faced. It won’t be a pleasant world she lives in. Cities and countries will be locked in an expensive battle with rapidly rising seas; but after spending trillions of dollars, most of the world’s ports will have been abandoned anyway.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 6:40am
Arsonists Posing As Firemen: US Austerity and the Destruction of a Nation
By now, it should be official: austerity in the midst of a jobs crisis doesn’t work. The elections in the Netherlands, Greece and France show that Europeans have figured this out from bitter experience, even if their leaders haven’t.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 6:10am
Budgets: The Ultimate Lie-Detector
Budgets have a way of slicing through political rhetoric and revealing the truth. For example, Obama’s budget choices show him to be a right of center politician willing to sell out progressive principles, notwithstanding the progressive speeches he makes around election time.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 6:42am
Splitting the Difference Between Myth and Reality Is Not Good Economics
So now can we run our country on facts, not myths?
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Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 6:23am
The Real Invisible Hand: George Orwell, and Why We Got JOBs not Jobs
When Obama took Office on January 20 th , 2009 the stench of failure hung over the conservative’s economic philosophy like a mushroom cloud. For the second time in a decade, deregulation had produced a huge speculative bubble , fed largely by unregulated hedge funds operating in secret and “irrational exuberance” fed in part by fraudulent lending practices in the largely unregulated mortgage lending market.
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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 7:06am
US Running on Myths, Lies, Deceptions and Distractions
The United States is headed for a plutocratic dystopia where a few gated communities sit like islands amidst a sea of bitterness, misery, and want. Why? Because the country is running on lies, myths, deceptions and distractions. Not surprisingly, they aren’t working very well for us. Let’s run through a few of the most destructive lies and myths.
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