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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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during a press conference at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on November 6, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
Pelosi's War on Progressives Risks Another Trump Victory
If Trump wins in 2020—and right now, he stands a good chance of doing it—you can thank Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the neoliberals in charge of the Democratic Party. At the moment she and her allies are waging a war against progressives in order to hold onto a mythical centrist majority that doesn...
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Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders supporters cheer and chat outside the James Clyburns World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina June 21, 2019. (Photo:  Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
It's Time to Redefine Left, Right, and Especially "Center" in US Politics
One of the most persistent—and destructive—myths in politics is that America is a center right country politically. It is reinforced by both parties, the press, and pundits and it has become generally accepted by much of the public. This myth explains why folks warn against going too far to the...
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Joe Biden speaking at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton at a September 27, 2016 rally at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Here's What Neoliberal Democrats Who View Bernie Sanders as an 'Existential Threat' Have Yet to Realize
Over the past few days, the mainstream Democrats’ war on Bernie Sanders has come out of the closet. Recent articles in Politico and the Guardian , detail how centrist organizations like Third Way have been pushing the narrative that Sanders is unelectable. The reason, according to Third Way leaders...
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The Remorseless Working of Things: A Political Tragedy in Three Parts
“The essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things…” —Alfred North Whitehead Part One — The Climate Crisis Imagine a world heading—remorselessly, inexorably—towards tragedy. A world in which a clear alternative to tragedy was...
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Monday, June 03, 2019
Neoliberalism Is Dead—But the Neoliberal Elite Didn’t Get the Memo
The evidence keeps piling up. Neoliberalism is dead. Just look at the record. Trump—a cross between a carney barker and a conman—beat a neoliberal in 2016. Right-wing populists have scored big in Austria, Italy, Britain, and Brazil since then. Just recently, Australia’s right-of-center Labor...
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Sunday, May 26, 2019
Law and Disorder: Why Corporatism Will Dominate US Policy for Decades to Come
Remember when Republicans ran on a law and order platform? Well, nowadays, we’ve got a President – in fact an entire Party -- at war with the idea of the rule of law in general, and any constraints on corporations in particular. Democrats console themselves with the idea that this can all be...
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Monday, May 13, 2019
The So-Called "Middle Ground" and the Tyranny of Capitalism
You read a lot these days about polls telling us why— gasp —socialist could never win the presidency, about how “radical” progressives will make it impossible for Democrats to take the Senate, or pretty much accomplish anything else. There are two things wrong with this. First, it’s simply not true...
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 U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Tax March D.C. event on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for "a fair economy that works for all Americans," to "demand" Congress repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and "demand" President Donald Trump to release his tax returns Views
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win Second Term
Many in the mainstream media are telling us that the “good economy” favors Trump in 2020, and the Democrats are mostly mum on the subject, with Nancy Pelosi and the neoliberals hoping an anti-Trump campaign will win the day in the next election. But simply running against Trump won’t work...
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Just How Many Times Are Establishment Democrats Willing to Make the Same Mistakes?
The Confederacy of Dunces is at it again. Having failed to learn the lessons of 2016, and hell bent on ignoring the lessons from 2018, they’re doubling down on the same strategy that put Trump in office. And the confederacy runs broad and deep. It includes most of the mainstream media, the...
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 Nancy Pelosi’s staff assures the health care and pharmaceutical lobbyists that Medicare for All is going nowhere, and Ms. Pelosi herself ridicules the Green New Deal. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 15, 2019
Why the US Elected a Despot, and Why It's Poised To Do It Again
There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that says the way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to move to the center and pick up some of those centrist votes. This is the perspective being pushed by the neoliberal establishment, the mainstream media, and the bulk of the paid political pundits. There are...
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