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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Sunday, May 26, 2019
Law and Disorder: Why Corporatism Will Dominate US Policy for Decades to Come
Remember when Republicans ran on a law and order platform? Well, nowadays, we’ve got a President – in fact an entire Party -- at war with the idea of the rule of law in general, and any constraints on corporations in particular. Democrats console themselves with the idea that this can all be...
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Monday, May 13, 2019
The So-Called "Middle Ground" and the Tyranny of Capitalism
You read a lot these days about polls telling us why— gasp —socialist could never win the presidency, about how “radical” progressives will make it impossible for Democrats to take the Senate, or pretty much accomplish anything else. There are two things wrong with this. First, it’s simply not true...
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 U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Tax March D.C. event on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for "a fair economy that works for all Americans," to "demand" Congress repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and "demand" President Donald Trump to release his tax returns Views
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win Second Term
Many in the mainstream media are telling us that the “good economy” favors Trump in 2020, and the Democrats are mostly mum on the subject, with Nancy Pelosi and the neoliberals hoping an anti-Trump campaign will win the day in the next election. But simply running against Trump won’t work...
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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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