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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AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Views
Saturday, February 24, 2018
No, The Founding Fathers Didn't Give You a Right to Bear Arms
For most of US history, all the way through to the end of the 20 th Century, the introductory phrase “a well-regulated militia” was seen by courts to constrain the clause “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” In short, that individual “right” was contingent on the need to keep a well-...
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"Eviscerating the SCC, lowering taxes on corporations and the ultra-rich, rolling back environmental and other regulations, and increasing the deficit is like putting the economy on steroids, and it’s no surprise that the stock market responded.  But the fact is, these measures actually impoverish us over the long term." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 19, 2018
“Trump's Economy” Started On January 21, 2018
Trump and the Republicans have been passing off the recent gains in employment, the modest increase in wages, and the growth in GDP as their handiwork. It wasn’t. To the extent government had anything to do with it, it was for the most part the policies of the Obama administration that made it all...
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"The majority of Americans know Trump is unfit to be president, but if they’re not offered a substantive alternative, the passionately ignorant minority will control the elections once again." (Photo: Kyle/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, February 09, 2018
Democrats Can't Run and Win on the Fact That Trump's an Idiot
Democrats are marching, lemming-like, towards disappointment in November. They seem to think that all they need to do is point out that Trump is an idiot, a plutocrat, a liar, and that he probably colluded with Russians in the 2016 elections, and they’ll win. They’re wrong, and here’s why. This...
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Sunday, February 04, 2018
Taxation by Another Name: Our Devotion to Privatization Will Cost Us
Trump used the State of the Union address last week to ballyhoo his infrastructure initiative, and folks jumped all over it, and rightly so. What the critics are missing is that all the problems they identify with the infrastructure plan, are just specific examples of what’s wrong with the small-...
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"Tribalism, then, was not an inevitable result of technological changes in the media; rather it was the product of a conscious effort to splinter the majority into groups and pit them one against the other, and deregulating the media was one of the primary tools used to accomplish this." (Photo: Shawn Thew, European Pressphoto Agency) Views
Friday, January 26, 2018
Tribal America
Increasingly, pundits, politicians, and columnists are attributing America’s ills to tribalism. Google “tribal politics” and you’ll get pages of articles detailing how tribalism is turning us against one another or showing just how divided we are, most of them written within the last year. It’s...
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Saturday, December 30, 2017
No, Mr. Trump, the World Does Not Need 'a Little Bit of That Good Old Global Warming'
Thursday afternoon as yet another frigid cold snap worked its way across the continent, smashing records on its way, Trump displayed the depths of his ignorance when he tweeted: In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global...
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"As bad as 2017 was, it’s important to understand that Trump is merely a symptom of a far worse malady; one that has been brewing for a long time.  Specifically, he is the logical end point of a decades long campaign by the oligarchy to take over America." Views
Friday, December 29, 2017
A Year That Will Live In Ignominy
The New Year is always a time for reflection on the year past and hope for the year yet to come, but it’s hard to look back at 2017 without a sense of despair. We have a deranged president who is in all probability guilty of multiple impeachable acts and who is dismantling any program or policy...
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"The polls overwhelmingly show that people strongly favor progressive policies designed to rein in Wall Street and big banks; reduce or eliminate the influence of money in politics; end subsidies to oil and gas companies; support single payer health care;… this list could go on and on." (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Republicans Are Trying To Buy Off Americans For Peanuts
When it comes to messaging, Democrats are like a heard of illiterate lemmings, and Republicans are like pack of disciplined wolves. In their campaign to stop the Republicans tax scam, they never settled on a single argument, and the one thing they did say in unison over and over again is likely to...
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Confederacy of Dunces: Neoliberals Jump the Shark in The New York Times
Last Monday , the New York Times carried what has to be one of the most ludicrous, Orwellian pieces of propaganda in recent memory. The title sums it up: “Is the Democratic Party Becoming too Democratic?” First, a Little Background This op-ed didn’t appear in a vacuum. The Party’s Unity Reform...
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"They are gutting the energy industry sector that is actually creating the most jobs.  Why? Because they are indebted to the coal, oil and gas industry." (Photo: Megan Behm/Twitter) Views
Friday, December 08, 2017
Tax Reform as a Trojan Horse and the Muffled Mumblings of the Democrats
No matter how horrible you think the Republican’s tax bill is, it’s worse than you think. This is not simply a reform of the tax system to favor the rich – although it is certainly that – it is the culmination of an organized assault on progressive governance that began nearly four decades ago. A...
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