John Atcheson

John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections, tentatively titled, WTF America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back on Track, which will be released in the Spring.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Empire in Decline: When the Oligarchy Inherits the Wind
The unthinkable may well happen. The US may elect as President a racist, xenophobic, narcissistic, con man with no knowledge of policy or governance. As of now, Trump holds a slight lead over Clinton in the latest poll. Real progressives could be forgiven for feeling a healthy dose of schadenfreude...
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Friday, September 02, 2016
Making 'Our Revolution' Ours
One of the most remarkable things about Sanders’ campaign was how it electrified the young, reinvigorated progressives, and forced Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party to lurch desperately to the left. Of course, once she got the nomination, she wasted no time in tacking back to the right of...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Clinton Wins in A Cakewalk? Don't Bet the Ranch on It
If you listen to the media and the pundits, most are predicting a surefire Clinton victory – if not a landslide. One of the reasons for this misplaced optimism is that they seem to believe Sanders’ revolutionaries are all prepared to join hands with the PACster politicians and DLC types dominating...
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
What the Democrats Don't Get (And Why It Could Cost Them the Election)
If you’re a Democrat, you probably think the Democratic Convention was a big success. Not only did they silence the Bernie die-hards, but they dispatched some serious heavy artillery on Trump by calling out his fear mongering and his megalomanic, “Only I can fix it.” And, yes, the first post-...
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Clinton's F-You to Progressives: This is How Trump Could Become President
Here’s what Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine as her VP tells us: She suffers from a possibly fatal mix of arrogance and political cluelessness that may well hand the election to Trump; She is totally beholden to the Oligarchy she claims to want to reign in; She’s not a progressive – and her...
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Monday, July 04, 2016
Put Away the Fireworks... You Don’t Live in a Democracy Anymore
Within the last 30 years, while we’ve chased bogeymen overseas and here at home, our Democracy has fallen. We have been taken over; defeated; our voices neutered; our freedoms trampled; our democracy vanquished. No invading force accomplished this; no jackboots echoed across our republic; no alien...
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Friday, July 01, 2016
Why Democrats Don't Get Sanders' Endgame (and Why It Will Hurt Them in the End)
The Democratic Party establishment’s response to Sanders’ staying in the race ranges from perplexed to downright hostile. For example, Sam Stein reports that Senator Kent Conrad recently said : So far [Sanders] has been riding a wave of good feelings in the sense he ran an incredible campaign … But...
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Sunday, June 12, 2016
The Revolution Isn't Over: Here’s How It Can Be Sustained – and Why It Must Be
After the June 7 th primaries, it looks like Clinton is going to be the Democrats’ nominee. Political operatives in the Party are declaring the Sanders revolution to be finished, salivating over his donor list, and calling on him and his supporters to close ranks and join the Party in the fight...
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Friday, June 03, 2016
Bernie Sanders and the Fundamental Crisis of U.S. Democracy
Think of a problem or challenge facing us, and then trace it back to its roots. If you’re honest, you’ll arrive at the role of money and its undue influence in politics and on the media. Gun control? There is no chance for sensible laws ending the genocide without first reducing the NRA’s influence...
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Monday, May 30, 2016
Establishment Democrats Courting Disaster
In the 1964 film classic, Dr. Strangelove, Slim Pickens is seen riding a nuclear bomb down to his certain death – and perhaps to the end of us all – while he calmly inventories his survival equipment. The Democratic Party Establishment’s commitment to Hillary Clinton is a lot like that. As Hillary...
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