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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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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It’s almost unbelievable, but in Tuesday’s Democratic debate, Marianne Williamson, better than anyone on the stage, captured the number one issue that has been sabotaging democracy in America for decades.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 02, 2019
Moscow Mitch and Yada, Yada, Yada: Progressives Need to Do a Better Job at Messaging
Joe Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman cum pundit, labelled Mitch McConnell “Moscow Mitch” and it may have done more to expose McConnell as the dangerous autocratic hypocrite he is. But McConnell is just a symptom of a much larger malady, one that has been brewing for four decades – the...
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Trump is a puppet master, his tweets, rants, and outright insanity are the strings and Democrats and the mainstream media are his puppets, as day-after day, the headlines and political debate are dominated by his latest theater of the absurd. Views
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Trump is Sucking the Air Out of the Political Debate - And Democrats and the Media Are Enabling Him
Another Monday, another day devoted to Trump’s insane tweets, racist rants, and faux outrage . Just as he wants it. Trump is a puppet master, his tweets, rants, and outright insanity are the strings and Democrats and the mainstream media are his puppets, as day-after day, the headlines and...
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Friday, July 19, 2019
Trump's a Racist—But We Knew That. Now What?
Trump's racist rant about four freshman congresswomen of color is getting a lot of play in the press and from Democrats. They're doing everything they can to get the fact that Trump is a racist into the headlines and on the news. But really, didn't we already know this? Trump threw the dog whistle away a long time ago, and he's been making explicit what had been for 40 years the implicit racism of the Republican Party.
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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during a press conference at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on November 6, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
Pelosi's War on Progressives Risks Another Trump Victory
If Trump wins in 2020—and right now, he stands a good chance of doing it—you can thank Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the neoliberals in charge of the Democratic Party. At the moment she and her allies are waging a war against progressives in order to hold onto a mythical centrist majority that doesn...
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Supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders supporters cheer and chat outside the James Clyburns World Famous Fish Fry in Columbia, South Carolina June 21, 2019. (Photo:  Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
It's Time to Redefine Left, Right, and Especially "Center" in US Politics
One of the most persistent—and destructive—myths in politics is that America is a center right country politically. It is reinforced by both parties, the press, and pundits and it has become generally accepted by much of the public. This myth explains why folks warn against going too far to the...
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Joe Biden speaking at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton at a September 27, 2016 rally at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Here's What Neoliberal Democrats Who View Bernie Sanders as an 'Existential Threat' Have Yet to Realize
Over the past few days, the mainstream Democrats’ war on Bernie Sanders has come out of the closet. Recent articles in Politico and the Guardian , detail how centrist organizations like Third Way have been pushing the narrative that Sanders is unelectable. The reason, according to Third Way leaders...
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The Remorseless Working of Things: A Political Tragedy in Three Parts
“The essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things…” —Alfred North Whitehead Part One — The Climate Crisis Imagine a world heading—remorselessly, inexorably—towards tragedy. A world in which a clear alternative to tragedy was...
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Monday, June 03, 2019
Neoliberalism Is Dead—But the Neoliberal Elite Didn’t Get the Memo
The evidence keeps piling up. Neoliberalism is dead. Just look at the record. Trump—a cross between a carney barker and a conman—beat a neoliberal in 2016. Right-wing populists have scored big in Austria, Italy, Britain, and Brazil since then. Just recently, Australia’s right-of-center Labor...
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