John Atcheson

John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and a book on our fractured political landscape entitled, WTF, America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back On Track, both available from Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @john_atcheson

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Protester holding a sign at the rally in Times Square. The night before the House of Representatives takes a somber vote to impeach Trump, hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the "Nobody Is Above the Law" coalition at more than 500 rallies planned around the country, calling on the U.S. House to vote to impeach President Donald Trump. In New York City thousands of protesters took to the streets, gathering at Father Duffy Square in Times Square, and marched down Broadway to Union Square. (Photo: Erik M Views
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Just Because Republicans Are Spewing Nonsense on Impeachment Doesn't Mean the "Big Lie" Won't Work
Republicans are mounting an effective defense against impeachment that is without foundation, but is likely to prove effective. Essentially, they are all repeating the same lies in unison, over and over again, taking advantage of something called the “ illusory truth effect ,” which causes people...
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Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday delivered a fiery attack on the FBI during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into report produced by the DOJ Inspector General over the probe into 2016 election interference by the Russian government. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 13, 2019
The Influence of Liars and the Failure of Corporate Media
If Democrats say one thing, and Republicans say another, and it’s obvious one of them is intentionally lying, what is the “big story?” For most of the mainstream media, it’s not the lying. Their big story is the conflict. This is, literally, a complete failure of the press’s obligations to a free...
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participants in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign Views
Sunday, December 08, 2019
The Missing Stories: Three Big Issues the Media Is Missing
If journalism is the first draft of history, the press is missing three of the biggest stories of our time. Of course, the Democrats’ inability to articulate anything like a coherent message doesn’t help. Let’s take a look at what they’re missing. Republicans ’ blockade of legislation Mitch...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Views
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Why We Need a Green New Deal and Half Measures Won't Work
Last week there were two reports released on climate change. The first warned that most nations were falling short of their commitments under the Paris agreement and that time was running out to avoid going above a 1.5°C increase in temperature. The second warned of impending tipping points and...
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Fortunately, leading a progressive rebellion against the oligarchy is not only the moral thing to do; it’s smart politics, too. (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Sorry, President Obama—But We Do Need To Tear Down The System
There are two ways to practice politics: you can either follow polls or shape them. For four decades now, Democrats have been poll followers, and Republicans have been poll shapers. Recently, President Obama urged the Democrats to continue being poll followers, saying, "The average American doesn't...
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It’s not that Trump understands rhetoric. He doesn’t. But he’s like an idiot savant, in that he has an innate capacity to use rhetoric effectively. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 11, 2019
Trump Is Controlling the Narrative On Impeachment
Remember “no collusion,” Trump’s go-to line on the Mueller investigation? It was brilliant in its own way. Trump’s crimes were pretty clear: soliciting aid from a foreign government and obstructing justice—and there was ample evidence that he’d done both. But “no collusion” avoided mentioning...
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Saturday, November 09, 2019
The Neoliberal Assault on Warren's Plan to Pay for Medicare for All
Both Sanders and Warren have come up with viable plans for funding Medicare for all. The neoliberal establishment and the conservatives have been going after Sanders’ approach by raising the specter of-middle class tax increases. Sanders seems to trust that people will understand that if the tax...
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We the People Views
Sunday, November 03, 2019
Politics as a Food Fight: The Media Is Feeding the Political Divide
The other day, while listening to that liberal bastion, NPR, the newscaster mentioned that another witness had given testimony that would be damaging to Trump in the House’s impeachment inquiry. In a transition so seamless it was an integral part of the story, the anchor immediately went on to say...
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Today, the majority of Americans favor the GND, free tuition, a $15 minimum wage, sane gun laws, a repeal of Trump’s tax cuts for the rich, overturning Citizen’s United and getting money out of politics and a host of other "socialist" priorities.  (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The Revolution Is Here: Democrats Ignore It at Their Peril
Despite the yammering by the mainstream media and the neoliberals running the Democratic Party—not to mention Republicans and Fox News—the overwhelming majority of voters support progressive issues on a case-by-case basis, and the majority support the candidates who espouse them. Doubt that? See...
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When the centrist neoliberals tell you that change is incremental, what they’re really saying is they don’t want that much change. And the reason they don’t is that they are beholden to corporations and rich folks. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 25, 2019
Centrists—Or Neoliberals–Control the Party and the Media and They're Risking Losing to Trump Again in 2020
Neoliberal centrists either don’t understand why Trump won, or they’re so desperate to stay in control of the Party they’re willing to risk four more years of Trump. So let’s look at the arguments they’re mounting against the progressive candidates and policies. Let’s get one thing clear: the...
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