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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Monday, February 20, 2012
US Running on Myths, Lies, Deceptions and Distractions
The United States is headed for a plutocratic dystopia where a few gated communities sit like islands amidst a sea of bitterness, misery, and want. Why? Because the country is running on lies, myths, deceptions and distractions. Not surprisingly, they aren’t working very well for us. Let’s run through a few of the most destructive lies and myths.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A Redo on the Walmartization of America, Redux
Readers responded to my December 16 th article, entitled The Walmartization of America, Redux , with a fascinating and informed discussion about the evils of box stores. Well, yes, but the article was meant to be a metaphor; the high cost of cheap spreads way beyond the walls of the box stores.
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Friday, December 16, 2011
The Walmartization of America Redux: How the Relentless Drive for Cheap Stuff Undermines Our Economy, Bankrupts Our Soul, and Pillages the Planet
If you want to know why the middle class disappeared and where they went, look no further than your local Walmart. People walked in for the low prices, and walked out with a pile of cheap stuff, but in a figurative sense, they left their wages, jobs, and dignity on the cutting room floor of the House of Cheap.
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Monday, October 31, 2011
It's the 1% Doctrine, Stupid
As week seven of Occupy Wall Street dawns, much of the media and the establishment continue to act as if everything about the protests were an ineffable mystery. Well, it’s really not that mysterious. To paraphrase James Carville yet again, it’s the 1% Doctrine, Stupid.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Reality? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Reality
Imagine you were handed a map, and on that map, right where the Western Hemisphere was supposed to be, you saw a sharp jagged line and a caption that read, “Here, there be dragons.” Probably, you wouldn’t want to use that particular document to circumnavigate the globe.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Fall of the United States
We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling… the United States. --Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Monkey Trial. Welcome to the late great United States – a country in economic and moral free fall. A country in thrall to a cult of greed, selfishness, and ignorance.
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Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Organizing to Fight the Plutocracy
Yet what force on Earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one? -From Solidarity Forever by Ralph Chaplin, 1915 Before Labor Day fades into memory, let’s remember that most of the economic gains workers have made in the US, came about because people organized to secure their economic rights.
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Friday, September 02, 2011
Atlas Mugged: The Ayn Rand Six Step
Imagine your landlord coming to you one day and saying, “It’s everyone for himself. We’re not going to supply heat or water or electricity any longer, and we’re not going to conduct repairs.” Of course, you and the rest of the tenants wouldn’t stand for such a thing . You’d kick him out if you could and move out if you couldn’t.
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Keystone XL Pipeline: Why I Got Arrested
On August 25, I was arrested in front of the White House along with 46 others in an act of civil disobedience protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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Thursday, August 04, 2011
The Beast Is Starved: Welcome to the Next Great Depression
Since Reagan, Republicans have been on a “starve the beast” campaign – by which they mean eviscerate the government by taking away as much revenue as they can.
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