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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The Oligarchs have accumulated massive power, all at the expense of the people. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 03, 2019
When the Fringe Is Mainstream and the Mainstream Is Fringe: On Orwell and US Oligarchy
In 1984 , George Orwell said, “And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth.” The Democratic Party and the mainstream press are doing their best to make all records tell the same tale, and they’re...
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media at the Capitol Building September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry today after allegations that President Donald Trump sought to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate leading Democratic presidential contender, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, which was the subject of a reported whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Ima Views
Thursday, September 26, 2019
In the End, Trump Left Pelosi No Choice on Impeachment
Readers of my columns know there's very little I agree with Nancy Pelosi on. But I thought her reluctance to impeach Trump was warranted. It will inflame his base, the Senate is unlikely to act on the House's findings, and it could be dismissed as a partisan attack by those who are tired of...
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Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speak during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Waton/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Here We Go Again: Neoliberal Centrists Are Anointing One of Their Own—and It Could Cost Us
The post mortem on the latest Democratic debate tells us all we need to know. The fix is in. Choose your so-called liberal media— New York Times , NPR , Washington Post , MSNBC , or any of the other members of the neoliberal media mafia—and you’ll be told either that Biden did well, that he was the...
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The list of problems getting buried by money is nearly endless.  Gun control; health care; a living wage; the high cost of education; endless war; each is rooted in the power of the oligarch’s coup, and each is a function of money in politics. Views
Saturday, September 14, 2019
The Plutocratic War on People: Centrists and Conservatives are Ignoring the Giant Elephant in Our National Living Room
The best analogy I can think of to characterize what passes for political “debate” in America these days, is a bunch of people stuck in a rubber life raft with a big leak hissing away, drifting in the midst of a vast ocean surrounded for as far as they can see by starving sharks, while a few “...
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Warming of 3 or more degrees C would—literally—create a world that is alien to human experience. (Photo: Screenshot/Tumblr) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
What Corporate Media and the Neoliberal Establishment Can't Admit About the Climate Emergency
With the possible exception of an all-out nuclear war, humanity has never encountered a threat that comes close to that posed by climate change. In fact, the crisis is already upon us, but the media refuses to cover it as the clear and present danger it is now, and the virtual apocalypse it will...
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A prominent Donald Trump sign on display in West Des Moines, Iowa in 2016. (Photo: Tony Webster/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, September 05, 2019
Neoliberal Democrats Need to Stop Blaming the Internet and Take Some Responsibility for 2016
Ever since the 2016 elections, neoliberals have been looking for reasons to explain why Hillary Clinton lost and why Donald Trump won. They've blamed the Russians, Bernie Bros, the media … anything but themselves. Now, a new study gives them another reason—blame it on the Internet. In his latest op...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Views
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Neoliberals' Attack on Sanders' GND Plan Is a Clear and Present Danger
Last week Bernie Sanders released his version of the Green New Deal—a $16.3 trillion 10-year plan to get down to zero carbon in the power industry and in transportation. Right on schedule, the neoliberal establishment pounced on it as "too expensive," not "realistic" and not "prudent."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Views
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Centrists Are Going to Kill Us
Centrists are going to kill us. Literally. They’ll do it in two ways. First, they’re saying that we can’t afford the kind of far reaching solutions like Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal that are needed to tackle the climate crisis. Second, they’re spreading the dangerous myth that Democrats need to...
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Trump won because he promised to do something about it, but asking Donald Trump to fix our international trade policy is about as sane as asking your six-year old to perform brain surgery. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, August 16, 2019
It Looks Like We're Heading For a Recession: Which Would Make Republicans' Favorite Economic Policies 0 FOR 4
The three biggest economic dislocations in US history were preceded by what has become the Republican’s go-to economic policy: deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, and benefit cuts for the poor and middle class. Oh, and deficits. Yes, that’s right. The party that shuts down government over debt and...
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Democratic presidential hopeful Former Vice President Joe Biden (C) gestures as he speaks flanked by US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) and US Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The DNC Confederacy of Dunces Is Back at It for 2020
The Democratic debates turned into exactly what they should have—a war between the progressives and the neoliberal centrists (aka corporatists). Guess which side the corporate media, the pundits, the think tanks, foundations, the DNC, and the rest of the Democratic establishment is lining up behind...
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