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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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Sanders Showed Values Matter, But Democrats Continue to Focus on Tactics and Gimmicks
The Democrats have just unveiled their new slogan: " A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages ." It looks like they were trying to do a rift on Roosevelt’s New Deal, but ended up with something that sounded more like a pizza slogan. This follows their much-mocked attempt to have...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Our Aversion to Doom and Gloom Is Dooming Us
I worked for over 35 years in the environmental field, and one of the central debates I encountered was whether to "tell it like it is," and risk spreading doom and gloom, or to focus on a more optimistic message, even when optimism wasn't necessarily warranted. The optimists nearly always won this...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Greatest Story Too Rarely Told: America Is an Oligarchy
OK. Enough. It’s time to quit being “balanced” or “non-partisan” or whatever other euphemism the elite establishment media uses to justify ignoring the two biggest elephants in our national living room. After Trump was elected there was a lot of concern about allowing his idiocy to become the “new...
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Party of Disaster: Explaining the Republican Train Wreck
OK, let’s not be fair and balanced. Let’s be honest. And let’s not allow ourselves to start thinking of these last six months as anything like “normal.” Let’s face it, the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration have been an unmitigated disaster. From healthcare to immigration to foreign...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Power or Principles: How the Establishment Branch of the Democratic Party Is Choosing to Lose Both
"The Democratic Party must finally understand which side it is on …" —Sen. Bernie Sanders addressing The People's Summit There’s a war on for the soul of the Democratic Party. On one side are the neoliberal elitists who make up the establishment wing of the party – many of whom pose as progressives...
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Sunday, June 04, 2017
Dropping Out of Paris Even Worse Than You Think – Way Worse
No matter how bad you think Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris Agreement was, the reality is worse. It is, in fact, by far the worst thing from the very broad list of bad things he’s doing. This article outlines why we have less time to act to avoid catastrophic climate change than we’ve...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The Long Road to Surviving Trump Begins With ... Rejecting Neoliberalism
So, no sooner is Trump back from his disastrous G7 meeting than he starts mugging the press. Nothing new here—simply another distract, discredit and deceive tactic—something every would-be despot does. But Trump and his Republican allies could be facing a moment when the reality of their corporate-...
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Friday, May 26, 2017
Democrats – Lemmings in Search of a Cliff: Why You Shouldn’t Bet the Ranch on 2018
Republicans should be on the run. Trumpcare is toxic, the White House stumbles from disaster to disaster, Trump's budget is a giant slap in the face to the people who voted for him, and Russiagate just gets worse and worse. But Democrats—rather than catching what should be a progressive tsunami—are...
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
But What If He's Not an Idiot?
Turns out, the first word a lot of people think of when it comes to President Donald Trump is this one: idiot . The White House’s handling of the Comey firing looks a lot like a clip from The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight . The Press Secretary hiding in the bushes, Trump sending virtually his...
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Saturday, May 06, 2017
Why Progressives Need a Long-term Strategy, Built on Values
Ever since Trump got elected, there’s been a lot of talk about resistance. As the country marked Trump’s first 100 days, it reached a crescendo. Then Republicans in the House passed Trump care—one of the cruelest Bills in recent memory. The reason they can screw so many people with relative...
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