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, 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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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 7:41am
A Redo on the Walmartization of America, Redux
Readers responded to my December 16 th article, entitled The Walmartization of America, Redux , with a fascinating and informed discussion about the evils of box stores. Well, yes, but the article was meant to be a metaphor; the high cost of cheap spreads way beyond the walls of the box stores.
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Friday, December 16, 2011 - 8:42am
The Walmartization of America Redux: How the Relentless Drive for Cheap Stuff Undermines Our Economy, Bankrupts Our Soul, and Pillages the Planet
If you want to know why the middle class disappeared and where they went, look no further than your local Walmart. People walked in for the low prices, and walked out with a pile of cheap stuff, but in a figurative sense, they left their wages, jobs, and dignity on the cutting room floor of the House of Cheap.
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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 8:37am
It's the 1% Doctrine, Stupid
As week seven of Occupy Wall Street dawns, much of the media and the establishment continue to act as if everything about the protests were an ineffable mystery. Well, it’s really not that mysterious. To paraphrase James Carville yet again, it’s the 1% Doctrine, Stupid.
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