Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep

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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Progressives Have Raised Expectations, and Democrats Have Fought Desperately to Lower Them
When Barack Obama won the presidential election in 2008, expectations were high. What occupied the minds of the president-elect's advisers, however, was not how to live up to those expectations, but how to temper them. "He's got to lower some expectations, indicate the limits he's confronting,"...
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Monday, July 11, 2016
The Alternative to Fervent Nationalism Isn't Corporate Liberalism—It's Social Democracy
In his 1946 essay reviewing former Trotskyist-turned-reactionary James Burnham's book The Managerial Revolution, George Orwell made several observations that resonate just as powerfully today as they did when they were first published. "The real question," he wrote , "is not whether the people who...
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Thursday, July 07, 2016
Elites — Not the "Ignorant Masses" — Pose the Greatest Threat to Global Society
In January, at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — largely a meeting of corporate elites and political leaders — the billionaire CEO Steve Schwarzman courteously granted an interview to Bloomberg Television . When asked about the American political scene, Schwarzman responded...
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Monday, July 04, 2016
Democrats' Refusal to Challenge Capitalism Undermines the Fight for Economic and Racial Justice
A brutal class war is being waged by the rich in the United States and, as billionaire Warren Buffett has so bluntly recognized , they are winning. Republicans, for their part, tend to deny that such a war is taking place — except, of course, when someone observes the obscene wealth that has been...
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wary of Trump, Business Leaders Are Flocking to Clinton-Style Neoliberalism
Elections are, in the words of Noam Chomsky, "occasions on which segments of private sector power coalesce to invest to control the state." Since the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC , this description of corporate decision-making has become increasingly profound, with floods of...
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Monday, June 27, 2016
Hillary Democrats Against Economic Justice
In 1998, during the second term of her husband's presidency, Hillary Clinton led a meeting of high-ranking Democratic officials and leaders of the so-called Third Way movement, by then an influential — perhaps the most influential — flank of the party's establishment. One purpose of the meeting was...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Liberal Elites Hate the Left
In 2013, President Obama, speaking at a fundraiser in Medina, Washington — home to a small community of wealthy donors — expressed a sentiment that has become all too common among Democratic Party liberals. "I'm not a particularly ideological person," the president said in a reassuring nod to those...
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Yet Another Failed Attempt to Discredit Bernie Sanders, Courtesy of the New York Times
Democratic Party liberals have made quite a show of their desire for Bernie Sanders to leave the presidential race so that, the story goes, Hillary Clinton can focus her energy solely on the looming threat of Donald Trump. But, judging by their behavior, and by the writings of pundits and analysts...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Progressives (Not Corporate Democrats) Are Winning the War of Ideas, But the Fight Isn't Over
Now that the 2016 primary season is drawing to a close, many are contemplating the impact the presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will have on the American political landscape, both in the near future and years, perhaps decades, down the line . To start, by articulating and...
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Democrats Against Democracy, Self-Styled Progressives Against Progress
There are many important lessons to be gleaned from this year's primary process, lessons that can have both positive and negative implications across the political spectrum — if, that is, they are taken to heart. They probably won't be. But while much of the obsessive, gaffe-hungry media honed in...
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