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, 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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Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 12:25pm
An Adult Conversation on Budgets, Revenue, and Deficits
Suppose you told your kids that they could have what they wanted, without having to pay anything or otherwise earn it? What would you get? Spoiled brats. The kind of kids you see running up and down the aisle on airplanes screaming their lungs out; the kind you see in grocery stores, demanding – and getting – the latest choco-sugar-white flower-mutant chemical concoction masquerading as breakfast cereal. The kind who drive a Mercedes to high school, have flat-screen TVs in their bedrooms, and graduate believing the world owes them a living.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 10:40am
Facts, Scmacts: Welcome to the New Age of Unreason
How the hell did this happen? Thirty-five and two hundred years ago, our Founders established a nation and Constitution based on the Enlightenment conviction that science and reason was the ultimate basis for legitimacy and authority. Now we’ve tossed aside the Age of Reason, and we’re plotting our course based on myths, irrational biases, blind faith, and for all I can tell, the random tossing of chicken bones.
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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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