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, February 25, 2011 - 8:47am
The Plutocrat's Coup d'Etat, Their Republican Allies and Their Democratic Enablers
For thirty years, now, Republicans have been yammering about small government, deficits, the glories of the free market, and the incompetence and wastefulness of government. It’s all been a big lie, part of a well funded and cleverly executed coup d'etat , designed to enable the ultra rich and corporations to literally take power out of the hands of government and money out of the pockets of individual citizens.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 8:15am
A Five Step Program for Democrats: How to Win in 2012
Want to know why Democrats took such a “shellacking” in the midterms?Because Republicans ran unopposed. And if Obama and the Democrats want to regain power, they better make some radical adjustments in their worldview. Here’s a 5 step plan for doing just that.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 8:49am
"Pledge to America": Drinking Sand
The Republican "Pledge to America" doubles down on the Bush/Reagan policies which brought this country to its economic and ethical knees. And yet, one of the great paradoxes of politics in this silliest of seasons is how Republicans, whose policies created the Great Recession, can be getting traction in the polls because people are angry about the recession the Republicans created.
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Monday, August 2, 2010 - 11:01am
Republicans in the Land of Oz
Holy cow, Auntie Em. Stockman and Greenspan committing heresy on the same day. What's going on? Well, basically, the Republicans have boxed themselves in. For all but true believers like Stockman and Greenspan, cutting taxes was never really about supply side economics, it was a stealth way to gut and cut government -- to shrink it until they could "drown it in a bathtub." They needed a stealth approach for two reasons.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:24am
Trusting the Scorpion: BP, the Legacy of Republican Hypocrisy and Democratic Cowardice
The progressives are up in arms over the oil spill. Like a scene from Frankenstein, the good citizens are storming the hydrocarbon castle with torches ablaze, and pitchforks held high.
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Friday, March 26, 2010 - 4:15pm
March Madness: Why Progressives Always Lose
Hurling Hail Mary's -- When is a victory more like a defeat? At the risk of being churlish, passing this health care bill was the palest of victories. Yes, it's better than nothing, but as the President himself has pointed out, it's largely made up of proposals the Republicans advocated a little more than a decade ago. So, while this is certainly a political victory, it is far from a triumph of progressive ideals. Indeed, this Legislation is a sign of how far the political center has drifted to the right in the last three decades.
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Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 1:34pm
Fear, Ignorance and the Summer of Our Discontent
Fear To those of us in the reality based community, watching the tea-baggers, death panelist propagators, birthers and assorted other whackjobs conjure up government fascism out of whole cloth, even as they unwittingly defend the unbridled fascistic behavior of corporations, defies logic.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 11:48am
Global Warming and the Only Question that Matters
"...you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?" You know the question. It's iconic. Asked of a scumbag by Dirty Harry, who was pointing a .44 magnum at him; the question referring to whether there was one bullet left in the chamber or whether Harry had fired all six shots. Our current failure to seriously address climate change raises a similar question. Why?
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 4:09pm
William Kristol and the NYT: Symptom of a Greater Malady
The decision by the New York Times to put William Kristol on their op-ed page exposes all that is wrong with the Mainstream Media. Kristol's introduction into the MSM is what phlegm is to the flu- a symptom of a far worse pathology. Andy Rosenthal - NYT editorial page editor - reacted to criticism of the Time's decision by claiming not to understand "this weird fear of opposing views." Actually, Mr. Rosenthal, I suspect the fact that you're hiring a proven idiot and a liar has more to do with the anger you're seeing.
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Monday, November 26, 2007 - 2:41pm
The High Price of Arrogance and the Bitter Harvest of Hypocrisy
The Twin Horsemen of the New Apocalypse: Slowly, the nuclear genie escapes from the carefully constructed bottle of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, threatening the world with annihilation. Inexorably, global warming advances across the decades as temperatures climb, fires rage, glaciers melt, droughts escalate, hurricanes intensify, habitats shrink, species disappear. These, then are the twin horsemen of the new apocalypse: the prospect of nuclear war and the reality of global warming.
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