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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Saturday, April 28, 2018
Beyond Trump: How the US Went Off the Rails
Trump is not the source of our problems; he’s the result of them. Wait, you say, how can having a president with all the impulse control of an infant’s alimentary canal—a man with all the strategic sense of a six-year-old ADHD patient; a narcissistic, mendacious, sexist, bombastic, thug—not be the...
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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Trump Is Cornered - Now Comes the Dangerous Part
With the FBI’s raid on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room, the net is being narrowed, and Trump is, in all likelihood, trapped. And like any creature that operates from the limbic system, now is when he becomes most dangerous. For example, there can be little doubt that he will fire Mueller...
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Saturday, April 07, 2018
Trump is Still the Most Unpopular President Since Polls Have Been Kept; But It May Not Matter in 2018 or 2020
Trump recently bragged that his approval ratings were higher than “Cheatin Obama” at this point in his Presidency. As it turns out, only Rasmussen – a right wing polling organization that has consistently put Trump’s approval ratings above those of other polling organizations – had Trump...
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Monday, March 19, 2018
Some Democrats Drawing All the Wrong Lessons from Conor Lamb's Victory
The leadership of the Democratic Party seems determined to cling to their elite, corporatist position headed into the 2018 elections. Last week, for example, they basically punted on whether to adopt a set of recommendations from the party’s Unity Commission which would have wrested control of the...
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Friday, March 09, 2018
Did You Hear the One About the Party That Self-Destructed?
The United States is no longer a Democracy, it's an oligarchy. The Democratic National Committee is meeting in Washington, DC this week, and one of the main things on their agenda is to decide on whether to adopt rules that could change that. The proposed rules were unanimously approved by the...
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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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