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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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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Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 6:38am
Reality? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Reality
Imagine you were handed a map, and on that map, right where the Western Hemisphere was supposed to be, you saw a sharp jagged line and a caption that read, “Here, there be dragons.” Probably, you wouldn’t want to use that particular document to circumnavigate the globe.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 8:25am
The Fall of the United States
We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling… the United States. --Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Monkey Trial. Welcome to the late great United States – a country in economic and moral free fall. A country in thrall to a cult of greed, selfishness, and ignorance.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 7:42am
Organizing to Fight the Plutocracy
Yet what force on Earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one? -From Solidarity Forever by Ralph Chaplin, 1915 Before Labor Day fades into memory, let’s remember that most of the economic gains workers have made in the US, came about because people organized to secure their economic rights.
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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 7:49am
Atlas Mugged: The Ayn Rand Six Step
Imagine your landlord coming to you one day and saying, “It’s everyone for himself. We’re not going to supply heat or water or electricity any longer, and we’re not going to conduct repairs.” Of course, you and the rest of the tenants wouldn’t stand for such a thing . You’d kick him out if you could and move out if you couldn’t.
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Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 11:07am
Keystone XL Pipeline: Why I Got Arrested
On August 25, I was arrested in front of the White House along with 46 others in an act of civil disobedience protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 9:38am
The Beast Is Starved: Welcome to the Next Great Depression
Since Reagan, Republicans have been on a “starve the beast” campaign – by which they mean eviscerate the government by taking away as much revenue as they can.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 8:18am
The People's Budget vs. The Plutocracy
Increasingly, the debate in Washington about budgets and deficits is looking like little more than a kabuki dance, with each Party playing its part, and the press orchestrating the choreography to make it appear authentic. The real issues and questions America faces are being ignored, while hypocrisy and duplicity take the stage. This raises questions that are begging for answers. Here’s a few worth considering.
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Friday, June 3, 2011 - 8:36am
Puff the Mighty Deficit Dragon: Holding the American Economy Hostage
Republicans are engaged in a dangerous game of brinksmanship over raising the debt ceiling. It’s a game that could end in disaster. The US is a debtor nation, and as such, we are desperately dependent upon good credit. So far, we have been able borrow and borrow at favorable rates because “the full faith and credit of the US government” stands behind every bond, every borrowed dollar. But that could change if Republicans continue their cynical game of economic chicken.
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