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, February 05, 2013
Voodoo Economics Redux
Despite gains made in the 2012 election, the US is in many ways running its economy using an operating manual written by madmen. Here’s list of five deadly delusions that are still seen as conventional wisdom inside the beltway.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Land of the Free? Home of the Brave? Only When It’s Convenient
These days, it’s almost mandatory for public figures to laud our men and women in the military with praise and gratitude. “Thank you for your service,” rolls off the tongues of Republicans and Democrats alike.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Our Dumb Democracy: Why the Untied States of Stupid Still Reins Supreem
Astoundingly, Mr. Obama – the supreme pragmatist and compromiser – gave an inaugural address that was as strong a defense of progressivism as we have seen in thirty years.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Pain in Spain: Austerity Falls Mostly on the Middle Class, And Yet…
Scratch the surface of any austerity policy, and chances are you’ll see a bank protection program masquerading as good economic policy.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Fool Us Again: 30 Years of Bait and Switch Budget Politics
Once again we go to the cliff. Once again Republicans are threatening brinksmanship. Once again, Democrats are practicing preemptive capitulation. Once again, the media is missing the real story.
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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Reality's Revenge: Will 2013 Be the Year Climate Change Deniers Get Hoisted on Their Own Petard?
In 2007, then Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman, Rejendra Pachauri said: “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.”
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Christmas, Winter Solstice, A Time of Renewal, and the Beginning of End of the World As We Know It
Scholars agree that the timing of Christmas has more to do with the end of winter than the birth of a savior. The evidence that people celebrated the death of winter is literally everywhere. Five thousand year old structures designed to track the sun can be found in England, Ireland, and the Americas; the ancient myths of the Druids, Japan, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, Crete, Greece, and Rome all speak of and celebrate the rebirth of sun as the days lengthened.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Wanted: A President With Bush's Balls, Obama's Brains and Biden's Heart
Uhmm. Don’t look now, Mr. President, but you’re taking a mandate and turning it into mush. Ordinarily that might not matter much. The importance of the goings on inside the Beltway are notoriously overestimated. But as you yourself said, this election was an unusually clear and important choice between two fundamentally different views of government. And as you noted, the stakes were high.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Let Them Eat Bullets: The Corporate Gun Tyrants
On December 13th, a mentally ill man entered an elementary school and attacked 22 students and at least one adult. On December 14th, a mentally disturbed young man entered another elementary school and began to randomly attack students and adults. The first one happened in Chengping China. All of the victims of the assault are expected to live.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Conservative Myths and the Death of Marlboro Man
Those of a certain age remember TV ads featuring the Marlboro Man – a rugged individual who rode a horse through an America that even then had long since disappeared. He was self-reliant. No moocher. Didn’t need government handouts. Didn’t need government. What he needed was cigarettes.
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