John Atcheson

John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections, tentatively titled, WTF America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back on Track, which will be released in the Spring.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
In Memoriam: Putting American Democracy on Sale
Well, another Memorial Day has come and gone. Another day when we were supposed to remember those who gave their lives to preserve our democracy by working ourselves into a shopping frenzy to get really great friggin’ deals on stuff.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Fire Next Time: Media Advice for Reporting this Year’s Climate Change Stories
It’s noon in Southern California… a place known for its friendly climate and pleasant temperatures. But today, the thermometer already reads 97 degrees. Not very hospitable.
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013
On 400 PPM, Mass Stupidity, and the Suicidal Language of Climate Lemmings
OK, lemmings don’t commit mass suicide. But they do reproduce chaotically, and periodically consume their way out of sustainable habitats, and into mass migrations that result in most of their population dying. Sound familiar? We’re cavalierly headed for our own cliff – 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere sometime in the next couple of months, if not sooner.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Day After Earth Day
Well, glad that’s done. The speeches are over; the sermons delivered; the demonstrations dispersed.
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Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Keystone XL's Impact Statement: How Stupid Do They Think We Are?
This just in: building a pipeline to carry the dirtiest oil ever used, creating 17% more greenhouse gasses than conventional oil and hastening the greatest environmental disaster ever faced by humanity, has no negative environmental impact. At least that’s the conclusion of the Environmental Impact Statement issued by the State Department …
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Capitalism as Psychosis (or No One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Can a society become psychotic? Certainly a quick look at our national political dialogue would suggest that’s precisely what’s happening. Let’s start with what passes for rational discussion on the economy.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Economics and the Twin Horsemen of the New Apocalypse
What is the purpose of the economy? When you get down to it, this is the question of our time. How we answer it determines whether we will be able to sustain civilization as we know it beyond the mid-century.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Folly of Endless Growth on a Finite Planet
Ask any policy wonk, politician or pundit – Republican, Independent or Democrat – about the sine qua non of economic policy, and the chances are pretty good their answer will boil down to one word: growth. No matter what their stripe, a growing economy is practically synonymous with a good economy.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Why Saving the Planet Means Saving the Economy, Too
Washington is obsessed with the deficit, and fixated on austerity. Boehner, McConnell and a chorus of know-nothing fear-mongers raise the issues of debt and deficits as if they were an imminent and substantial danger. Obama is sabotaging the social safety net in order to get a “grand bargain” so we can shrink the deficit. The press can talk about nothing else.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The People's Will Be Damned
So here we are again, approaching another self-inflicted economic cliff. This time it’s the sequester – a truly stupid idea that will result in a mindless meat cleaver approach to cutting the budget in order to solve a problem that’s disappearing, using the same tactics that caused the problem in the first place.
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