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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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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Sunday, May 14, 2017
But What If He's Not an Idiot?
Turns out, the first word a lot of people think of when it comes to President Donald Trump is this one: idiot . The White House’s handling of the Comey firing looks a lot like a clip from The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight . The Press Secretary hiding in the bushes, Trump sending virtually his...
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Saturday, May 06, 2017
Why Progressives Need a Long-term Strategy, Built on Values
Ever since Trump got elected, there’s been a lot of talk about resistance. As the country marked Trump’s first 100 days, it reached a crescendo. Then Republicans in the House passed Trump care—one of the cruelest Bills in recent memory. The reason they can screw so many people with relative...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Record-Breaking CO2 Levels, Tax Cuts, and Catastrophe: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You
On March 10, 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced some bad news. Humans were hurtling toward unknown territory with regards to global warming. Concentrations of CO 2, the main greenhouse gas (GHG),averaged 405 parts per million in 2016, up 3 ppm from 2015; which was...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
If the Answer is 'Tax Cuts for the Rich; More Pain for the Rest of us,' What Was the Question?
Well, where Republicans and Trump are concerned, it could be any question you ask. Take health care. Replacing Obamacare with the Republican’s version will cut taxes on the 400 richest households in America by about $7 million apiece on average. By decoupling the tax credits from income, the...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Beyond Protest: What Are We in Favor Of?
George Costanza of Seinfeld famously tried to sell a show about nothing to NBC executives. It didn’t go too well. When you get right down to it, that’s what the Democrats have been doing for decades now; it’s why they lost in 2016 to the most disliked, most distrusted candidate in the history of...
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Saturday, February 04, 2017
Ready... Fire... Aim: How an Unhinged Trump Is Threatening US National Security
Trump doesn’t do nuance. He got elected by overtly exploiting fear, spreading hate, and promising to make us safer. Unfortunately, his simple-minded approach to the Presidency is making us less safe. Here’s how. Going Off Half-Cocked Trump’s first act as commander-in-chief reveals how his off-hand...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Meet the New Swamp, Same as the Old Swamp
Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington D.C.. Instead, he’s dredging the swamp of its old sewage and filling it with even more fetid waters. But here’s the thing neoliberals and Democrats seem unwilling to acknowledge, let alone understand: From Clinton to Obama, Democratic...
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