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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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:45am
In Order To Form a Less Perfect Union: The Politics Of Fear, Outrage and Distraction
Once again, the Republicans are managing to distract the country from their extremely unpopular economic positions – positions that help the uber rich and corporations at the expense of low and middle income wage earners. While Ryan’s stance on rape is getting scrutinized with a micrometer, his nation raping budget is flying under the radar.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:16am
A Book Every Progressive Should Read
Want to know why progressives keep losing elections even though the majority of Americans support progressive positions ?
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Friday, August 3, 2012 - 7:40am
We're Mad as Hell and We're... Psychotic?
Well, it’s finally happened. The Republican Party has gone from mildly psychotic to full on crazy. Stark raving mad.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 7:54am
March of Folly: The Debate We’re Not Having and What it Costs Us
There are times when the march of history is marked by fundamental choices that shape forever what follows.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 12:07pm
The New Company Store: The Final Step in the Corporate Takeover of America
Well, here we are, slouching toward another national garage sale in which corporations bid on and buy candidates the way futures traders bid on commodities – or as our founders used to call it: an election. As we go to the polls, it might be wise to remember the song Sixteen Tons. Here’s a few lines to refresh your memory: Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt; and
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Friday, July 6, 2012 - 7:05am
The Future as a Commons: Capitalism and an Ecologic Tragedy in Time
In 1968 Garret Hardin published his now famous essay, The Tragedy of the Commons , in which he demonstrated that the inevitable result of unconstrained growth on a commonly held pasture was a “tragedy” of consumption.
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Friday, June 22, 2012 - 7:03am
Capitalism and the Mad Uncle in the Attic
Listen. Can you hear the Mad Uncle in the attic? His muffled shriekings are getting louder as the myths, deceptions and delusions we’ve been living on evaporate one by one in the face of reality. Can you feel that sickening thrill as we poise atop this Sisyphean peak we call capitalism, right before the inevitable, nauseating plunge back down into reality?
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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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