John Atcheson

John Atcheson

screen_shot_2017-07-26_at_9.09.47_pm.pngJohn Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections titled, WTF, America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back On Track, available from Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @john_atcheson

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In 2018, Progressive candidates and progressive ballot initiatives won across the nation. (Photo: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Nobody Likes Trump, But He Could Still Beat a Centrist Democrat in 2020
One of the most stunning numbers in politics is the fact that some 40 percent of those polled still approve of Trump. Pundits, politicians and the media seem to walk around in a state of disbelief that this buffoon retains any support at all. In reality, it’s no mystery. Look, nobody actually likes...
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Members of the Sunrise Movement and allies stand outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2019 demanding the California Democrat back the Green New Deal legislation. Views
Sunday, February 24, 2019
"Realists" Are Courting Global Devastation
In a recent confrontation with representatives of the Sunrise Movement , Senator Diane Feinstein referred to herself as a “realist” when challenged to support the Green New Deal. She’s not alone. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi referred to the GND as a dream, and nearly every article about it...
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Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Real Danger to the Green New Deal—and the Planet—Comes From Neoliberal Democrats
Predictably, Trump came out against the Green New Deal with a bombastic – and ill-informed – rant in a campaign style rally in El Paso. Here’s what he had to say: "I really don't like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California,' of...
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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Dear Democrats, Stop Substituting the So-Called "Possible" for What's Morally Necessary
In a recent column in the New York Times , David Leonhardt cites a Kaiser survey on Medicare for all, and concludes that supporting it would be an "unforced error" for Democrats. Sherrod Brown, a genuine progressive, made the same observation . Richard Eskow, writing in Common Dreams last week...
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Mainstream Democrats and the punditocracy seem surprised and shocked to learn that nearly 60 percent of Americans support a top marginal rate of 70 percent on the ultra-rich. (Photo: Yuri Keegstra/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
AOC’S 70 Percent Solution Shows US the Progressive Majority Has Been There All Along
On several occasions, now, progressive candidates have endorsed the idea that we should tax the rich more, in contrast to the Republicans who have been on a decades long mission to reduce taxes on the rich and corporations. Usually, pundits have reacted as if the progressives had lost their mind to...
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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Why 'Fact-Checking' Gives Liars a Free Pass
Look, let’s face it, the press has been enabling Trump in particular and the conservatives in general by the way it has been addressing the blatant lying, deception, misdirection, and other forms of lying. The fact that the controlling party in our country consistently lies to the American people,...
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Sunday, January 06, 2019
With Self-Inflicted Pay-Go Rule, Democratic Victory in 2020 Just Got Harder
The day after I wrote this , "… Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer are doing everything in their power to keep the progressive insurgency in check, and keep their neoliberal/corporate money machine in power," Nancy Pelosi and the neoliberals in Congress committed political harikari and gutted the entire...
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Tuesday, January 01, 2019
The War for the Democratic Party Continues
Elizabeth Warren just threw her hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. If the Democrats were smart, they’d get in line behind her, or Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately, Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer are doing everything in their power to keep the progressive insurgency in check,...
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Prior to the Bush’s Great Recession in 2008 and 2009, rural America had been undergoing a steady demographic shift in which it was depopulating and growing older, but otherwise they remained mostly white. Since the recession, the pace of change in rural America has become blinding, with depopulation, death, and diversity completely altering the character of rural life.  Views
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Communities Without Consequences: Demographics and the Destruction of Democracy
Even after more than two years, the notion that America elected an ignorant, racist, profane, incompetent, reality show buffoon as President still seems incomprehensible to the rational, reality-based world. What is even more inconceivable is that Trump seems to have taken some 40 percent of...
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activists holds signs asking, "what is your plan?" Views
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Climate Change Is Likely to Come Sooner and Be Worse Than Latest Worst-Case Forecasts Suggest
The news on climate change has been pretty grim lately, but the fact is, it’s possible—even likely—to be far worse than the already sobering news in the latest reports.
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