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, October 12, 2012 - 7:21am
Five Simple Realities Missing from the Campaign
The campaign lurches on, the adds stream endlessly into our living rooms, the robo-calls clamor incessantly for our dollars, candidates get bought and sold, the press obediently acts as if there’s substantive stuff going on, and the real issues of our times go unaddressed. This is what passes for an election, these days. Let’s look at some of the realities that are lost in this money-fueled nonsense.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:40am
Is Climate Change Hell Now Inevitable?
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!" Ebenezer Scrooge, to The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, in “A Christmas Carol.”
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Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:27pm
The Real Welfare Problem: Government Giveaways to the Corporate 1%
While Romney and Ryan lie about welfare (and just about everything else), and Obama and the Democrats demurely mumble objections, there is a real welfare horror story going on in America.
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Friday, August 31, 2012 - 6:39am
We Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew
The data continue to roll in, and they are telling us we are in the process of bringing an end to the world we evolved in, and creating a new, harsher world. We will be forced to devote more and more of our resources trying to adapt to this new world, and less on development. While politicians fiddle, the world burns. While the press plays he-said, she-said, the ice melts, the seas rise.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:45am
In Order To Form a Less Perfect Union: The Politics Of Fear, Outrage and Distraction
Once again, the Republicans are managing to distract the country from their extremely unpopular economic positions – positions that help the uber rich and corporations at the expense of low and middle income wage earners. While Ryan’s stance on rape is getting scrutinized with a micrometer, his nation raping budget is flying under the radar.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:16am
A Book Every Progressive Should Read
Want to know why progressives keep losing elections even though the majority of Americans support progressive positions ?
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Friday, August 3, 2012 - 7:40am
We're Mad as Hell and We're... Psychotic?
Well, it’s finally happened. The Republican Party has gone from mildly psychotic to full on crazy. Stark raving mad.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 7:54am
March of Folly: The Debate We’re Not Having and What it Costs Us
There are times when the march of history is marked by fundamental choices that shape forever what follows.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 12:07pm
The New Company Store: The Final Step in the Corporate Takeover of America
Well, here we are, slouching toward another national garage sale in which corporations bid on and buy candidates the way futures traders bid on commodities – or as our founders used to call it: an election. As we go to the polls, it might be wise to remember the song Sixteen Tons. Here’s a few lines to refresh your memory: Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt; and
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Friday, July 6, 2012 - 7:05am
The Future as a Commons: Capitalism and an Ecologic Tragedy in Time
In 1968 Garret Hardin published his now famous essay, The Tragedy of the Commons , in which he demonstrated that the inevitable result of unconstrained growth on a commonly held pasture was a “tragedy” of consumption.
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