John Atcheson

John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections, tentatively titled, WTF America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back on Track, which will be released in the Spring.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Day After Earth Day
Well, glad that’s done. The speeches are over; the sermons delivered; the demonstrations dispersed.
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Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Keystone XL's Impact Statement: How Stupid Do They Think We Are?
This just in: building a pipeline to carry the dirtiest oil ever used, creating 17% more greenhouse gasses than conventional oil and hastening the greatest environmental disaster ever faced by humanity, has no negative environmental impact. At least that’s the conclusion of the Environmental Impact Statement issued by the State Department …
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Capitalism as Psychosis (or No One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Can a society become psychotic? Certainly a quick look at our national political dialogue would suggest that’s precisely what’s happening. Let’s start with what passes for rational discussion on the economy.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Economics and the Twin Horsemen of the New Apocalypse
What is the purpose of the economy? When you get down to it, this is the question of our time. How we answer it determines whether we will be able to sustain civilization as we know it beyond the mid-century.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Folly of Endless Growth on a Finite Planet
Ask any policy wonk, politician or pundit – Republican, Independent or Democrat – about the sine qua non of economic policy, and the chances are pretty good their answer will boil down to one word: growth. No matter what their stripe, a growing economy is practically synonymous with a good economy.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Why Saving the Planet Means Saving the Economy, Too
Washington is obsessed with the deficit, and fixated on austerity. Boehner, McConnell and a chorus of know-nothing fear-mongers raise the issues of debt and deficits as if they were an imminent and substantial danger. Obama is sabotaging the social safety net in order to get a “grand bargain” so we can shrink the deficit. The press can talk about nothing else.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The People's Will Be Damned
So here we are again, approaching another self-inflicted economic cliff. This time it’s the sequester – a truly stupid idea that will result in a mindless meat cleaver approach to cutting the budget in order to solve a problem that’s disappearing, using the same tactics that caused the problem in the first place.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The New Know Nothing Party and the High Price of Willful Ignorance
Ignorance: The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed. Here in the 21 st Century the Republicans have become the new Know Nothing Party. Just as the original Know Nothings employed fear, bigotry, ignorance and hate to motivate its base, so too does the Republican Party. Look at the litany of the new Know Nothing’s commitment to willful ignorance.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Real Debt Issue: It’s Not How Much We Will Owe, It’s Who Will Hold the Note
There’s a dirty little secret lurking behind the Republican’s debt and deficit hysteria.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Voodoo Economics Redux
Despite gains made in the 2012 election, the US is in many ways running its economy using an operating manual written by madmen. Here’s list of five deadly delusions that are still seen as conventional wisdom inside the beltway.
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