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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Saturday, January 23, 2016
A Tale of Two Debates
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Well, maybe not the best, but the Republican debate last week was certainly about as bad as it gets. Let’s look at some of the worst of times– that is to say, the Republican debate. It’s clear they live in an alternate universe; one that is not...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Oligarchy is Using Our Lizard Brain to Enable a Silent Coup
Once again, the fear machine is going into full force as the Presidential primary campaign heats up. If there’s one thing the politicians in general and Republicans in particular don’t want, it’s people going to the polls with their wits about them. They need people to think and vote with their...
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Saturday, December 12, 2015
COP 21: What It Does—And Doesn't—Accomplish
The deadline for coming up with an agreement at COP 21 has been extended until Saturday. But the penultimate draft of the agreement has been published, and we now know the basics of what will emerge. There are some positive things coming out of the meeting, but it’s important to understand what it...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Oligarchy vs. The People: Why We Need a 'Political Revolution'
Hillary Clinton is racking up endorsements from large unions and other groups that used to represent the interests of the people they served. Now they’ve joined the press, the political parties and government as tools of the oligarchy. It’s been apparent for decades that the US is no longer a...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Idiocracy Arrives Five Centuries Early
Watching the debate last night, it’s hard to keep your head from exploding from the accumulation of outrage and consternation at the utter stupidity of a third of our fellow citizens, who swallow this bunk. But the sheep-like passivity of the rest is no less infuriating. The whole political scene...
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Saturday, October 03, 2015
The Fingers on the Trigger
Here we are again. Another tragedy. Our souls cry out for justice, in the vain hope of erasing our collective national grief and shame. In the last decade, there have been 316,545 deaths from gun violence, more than 1,000 times as many as have been caused by terrorism in the same time period. But...
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Reaganism Has Been The Problem — Bernie Sanders Is The Solution
One of the great mysteries in politics is how a country that polls well to the left of center , on an issue-by-issue basis keeps electing politicians from both parties who are to the right of center. The Best Movement Money Can Buy A big part of the reason is that for decades, a right-wing cabal of...
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Sunday, September 06, 2015
Not Quite All Things Considered: Why the Mainstream Media Discounts Bernie Sanders
Recently, on All Things Considered—you know, that bastion of liberal media—Mara Liasson , talking about the prospect of Joe Biden running for President said: There are many Democrats who think it would be good for Hillary Clinton because she'd have a serious opponent , and it would help her become...
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The Paris Climate Conference: Playing Craps With Our Planet's Future
The climate change talks to be held in Paris this December (COP 21 in UN lingo) are all about how much risk to the livability of our planet we’re willing to accept. And the dirty little secret is, we’re accepting a hell of a lot right now, and we’re imposing even more on our children and future...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Hillary's Real Problem: The Emails Are a Symptom, Not the Issue
There’s been a lot of talk about Hillary’s private email system. Most of it has centered on whether she used it to send classified information. A few have noted that it exposes an hubris that is toxic politically. And even fewer have noted that—whether or not there was classified material sent over...
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