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, August 07, 2017
The Great Leap Backwards: Trump's Blueprint To Make America Not Great
The Trump administration is doubling down on oil, gas, and coal at a time when the rest of the world is committing to getting off the stuff and investing in renewable energy. Renewable energy, by the way, is the cheapest new source of energy, the cleanest source, and it creates more jobs here at...
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The Terrible Trio: Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump & Paul Ryan Views
Sunday, July 30, 2017
When Reality Exceeds Satire
About 30 years ago, I tried to write a Swiftian satire. Nothing heavy, my target was designer jeans, which had become popular even though they used cheaper, thinner material than old-fashioned Levis, but charged more than 3 or 4 times their price. Did I say popular? Stores couldn’t keep them in...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Sanders Showed Values Matter, But Democrats Continue to Focus on Tactics and Gimmicks
The Democrats have just unveiled their new slogan: " A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages ." It looks like they were trying to do a rift on Roosevelt’s New Deal, but ended up with something that sounded more like a pizza slogan. This follows their much-mocked attempt to have...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Our Aversion to Doom and Gloom Is Dooming Us
I worked for over 35 years in the environmental field, and one of the central debates I encountered was whether to "tell it like it is," and risk spreading doom and gloom, or to focus on a more optimistic message, even when optimism wasn't necessarily warranted. The optimists nearly always won this...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Greatest Story Too Rarely Told: America Is an Oligarchy
OK. Enough. It’s time to quit being “balanced” or “non-partisan” or whatever other euphemism the elite establishment media uses to justify ignoring the two biggest elephants in our national living room. After Trump was elected there was a lot of concern about allowing his idiocy to become the “new...
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Party of Disaster: Explaining the Republican Train Wreck
OK, let’s not be fair and balanced. Let’s be honest. And let’s not allow ourselves to start thinking of these last six months as anything like “normal.” Let’s face it, the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration have been an unmitigated disaster. From healthcare to immigration to foreign...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Power or Principles: How the Establishment Branch of the Democratic Party Is Choosing to Lose Both
"The Democratic Party must finally understand which side it is on …" —Sen. Bernie Sanders addressing The People's Summit There’s a war on for the soul of the Democratic Party. On one side are the neoliberal elitists who make up the establishment wing of the party – many of whom pose as progressives...
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Sunday, June 04, 2017
Dropping Out of Paris Even Worse Than You Think – Way Worse
No matter how bad you think Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris Agreement was, the reality is worse. It is, in fact, by far the worst thing from the very broad list of bad things he’s doing. This article outlines why we have less time to act to avoid catastrophic climate change than we’ve...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The Long Road to Surviving Trump Begins With ... Rejecting Neoliberalism
So, no sooner is Trump back from his disastrous G7 meeting than he starts mugging the press. Nothing new here—simply another distract, discredit and deceive tactic—something every would-be despot does. But Trump and his Republican allies could be facing a moment when the reality of their corporate-...
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Friday, May 26, 2017
Democrats – Lemmings in Search of a Cliff: Why You Shouldn’t Bet the Ranch on 2018
Republicans should be on the run. Trumpcare is toxic, the White House stumbles from disaster to disaster, Trump's budget is a giant slap in the face to the people who voted for him, and Russiagate just gets worse and worse. But Democrats—rather than catching what should be a progressive tsunami—are...
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