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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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Just How Many Times Are Establishment Democrats Willing to Make the Same Mistakes?
The Confederacy of Dunces is at it again. Having failed to learn the lessons of 2016, and hell bent on ignoring the lessons from 2018, they’re doubling down on the same strategy that put Trump in office. And the confederacy runs broad and deep. It includes most of the mainstream media, the...
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 Nancy Pelosi’s staff assures the health care and pharmaceutical lobbyists that Medicare for All is going nowhere, and Ms. Pelosi herself ridicules the Green New Deal. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 15, 2019
Why the US Elected a Despot, and Why It's Poised To Do It Again
There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that says the way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to move to the center and pick up some of those centrist votes. This is the perspective being pushed by the neoliberal establishment, the mainstream media, and the bulk of the paid political pundits. There are...
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Trump is a master at faux outrage – witness his oft repeated claim that the Mueller investigation was “disgraceful,” “outrageous” or a “witch hunt.”(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 05, 2019
Hyperbole and Outrage as Substitutes for Thought, Facts, Accuracy and Truth
These days you can’t pick up a paper or tune into the news without hearing someone expressing their outrage about something or other and usually it is about as newsworthy as the sun rising in the East. The reason it gets reported is the outrage itself, not the topic. Trump is a master at faux...
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In 2018, Progressive candidates and progressive ballot initiatives won across the nation. (Photo: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Nobody Likes Trump, But He Could Still Beat a Centrist Democrat in 2020
One of the most stunning numbers in politics is the fact that some 40 percent of those polled still approve of Trump. Pundits, politicians and the media seem to walk around in a state of disbelief that this buffoon retains any support at all. In reality, it’s no mystery. Look, nobody actually likes...
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Members of the Sunrise Movement and allies stand outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2019 demanding the California Democrat back the Green New Deal legislation. Views
Sunday, February 24, 2019
"Realists" Are Courting Global Devastation
In a recent confrontation with representatives of the Sunrise Movement , Senator Diane Feinstein referred to herself as a “realist” when challenged to support the Green New Deal. She’s not alone. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi referred to the GND as a dream, and nearly every article about it...
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Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Real Danger to the Green New Deal—and the Planet—Comes From Neoliberal Democrats
Predictably, Trump came out against the Green New Deal with a bombastic – and ill-informed – rant in a campaign style rally in El Paso. Here’s what he had to say: "I really don't like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California,' of...
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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Dear Democrats, Stop Substituting the So-Called "Possible" for What's Morally Necessary
In a recent column in the New York Times , David Leonhardt cites a Kaiser survey on Medicare for all, and concludes that supporting it would be an "unforced error" for Democrats. Sherrod Brown, a genuine progressive, made the same observation . Richard Eskow, writing in Common Dreams last week...
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Mainstream Democrats and the punditocracy seem surprised and shocked to learn that nearly 60 percent of Americans support a top marginal rate of 70 percent on the ultra-rich. (Photo: Yuri Keegstra/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
AOC’S 70 Percent Solution Shows US the Progressive Majority Has Been There All Along
On several occasions, now, progressive candidates have endorsed the idea that we should tax the rich more, in contrast to the Republicans who have been on a decades long mission to reduce taxes on the rich and corporations. Usually, pundits have reacted as if the progressives had lost their mind to...
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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Why 'Fact-Checking' Gives Liars a Free Pass
Look, let’s face it, the press has been enabling Trump in particular and the conservatives in general by the way it has been addressing the blatant lying, deception, misdirection, and other forms of lying. The fact that the controlling party in our country consistently lies to the American people,...
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Sunday, January 06, 2019
With Self-Inflicted Pay-Go Rule, Democratic Victory in 2020 Just Got Harder
The day after I wrote this , "… Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer are doing everything in their power to keep the progressive insurgency in check, and keep their neoliberal/corporate money machine in power," Nancy Pelosi and the neoliberals in Congress committed political harikari and gutted the entire...
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