John Buell

John Buell

John Buell has a PhD in political science, taught for 10 years at College of the Atlantic, and was an Associate Editor of The Progressivefor ten years. He lives in Southwest Harbor, Maine and writes on labor and environmental issues. His most recent book, published by Palgrave in August 2011, is "Politics, Religion, and Culture in an Anxious Age." He may be reached at jbuell@acadia.net

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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at Armando Escalon Airbase in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on June 1, 2009—just weeks before the military coup. (Photo: US Department of State/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, March 29, 2021
Neoliberalism Is a Killer
The presidents who control more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear arsenal had a bit of a spat the other day. Though the exchange ended indecisively it serve to highlight important moral issues in both foreign and domestic policy. In an interview with ABC 's George Stephanopoulos, President Joe...
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) departs after the day's proceedings in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on February 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 22, 2021
An Open Letter to Joe Manchin: Care About Workers, Not Inflation
Dear Senator Manchin, Corporate media now portray you as on of the most powerful politicians in DC. Hard bargaining on the amount and length of unemployment insurance chopped 100 dollars a week off the compensation workers will receive. This compromise, which you defended on the grounds it would...
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Moderna, a U.S. biotech firm, announced on November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was almost 95% effective. (Photo illustration: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 08, 2021
Making the Covid Vaccine Less Accessible to Poorer Countries Is Dangerous for Everyone
Our commercial media have followed the ups and downs of the vaccine roll out in the United States even as much less attention is devoted to the experience of poor nations. Pundits and TV anchors periodically acknowledge that lethal viruses don't respect borders but seldom discuss the political and...
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Lifting wages helps overcome ugly stereotypes about the poor. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, March 01, 2021
Opponents of a $15 Minimum Wage Are Dead Wrong
Conservatives in both political parties want citizens to believe opposition to an increase in the minimum wage is a simple matter of supply and demand economics. If government regulators increase the price of hamburgers, consumers will buy less hamburger. Increase the price (wages) of labor and...
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A woman walks past the GameStop store inside the Susquehanna Valley Mall. An online group sent share prices of GameStop (GME) and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (AMC) soaring in an attempt to squeeze short sellers. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
GameStop Fiasco Proves We Need a Financial Transaction Tax
It would be unfair to suggest that the titans of Wall Street are oblivious to poverty. One of their central themes is the role that financial literacy can play in teaching citizens how wealth is acquired and maintained. In their worldview saving and investing in the stock market from an early age...
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Mitch McConnell thinks states have been on a spending spree. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 21, 2020
This Last-Minute Congress Stimulus Package Is Terrorism by Austerity
900 billion dollars is a big amount, Apparently one trillion is a whole order of magnitude greater. Or at least the number is so terrifying that politicians bend heaven and earth to avoid being connected with trillion dollar expenditures. And this allergic reaction is bipartisan. In the early...
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It is well past due to build on the success of the first CARES package. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Where’s the Second Relief Act? The US Safety Net Is Working, but There Are Capitalists Who Don’t Want It To
Why can’t our political leaders learn to live with success? In an era marked by cynicism about politics, both parties managed to enact an initial COVID-19 relief package that if anything exceeded expectations. Last June Jason DeParle , summarized academic research on this act by quoting Columbia...
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Grove further explicates his thesis by presenting the role that genocide has played in state formation and the centrality of war to the industrial revolution. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Why Do We Wage Decades-Long Futile Wars in the Middle East but Refuse to Declare War on the Looming Climate Crisis?
The United States is engaged in forever hot wars. The war in Afghanistan now nears the end of its second decade. Why US history is so saturated—some would say polluted—by war has recently become an object of both academic and activist interest. University of Hawaii at Manoa International Relations...
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If homeowners and government workers are not able to create sufficient demand to restore economic growth the federal government must step in. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 02, 2020
Whoever Wins the Election Will Face Severe Eviction Crisis, as 30 Million Brace for Homelessness
Whoever wins Tuesday’s election is virtually certain to be confronted by a severe foreclosure and eviction crisis as state and local governments face acute budget shortfalls. These crises interact with each other and in ways that intensify the economic damage they inflict. The harm is also...
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Amy Coney Barrett. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
Ask Amy Coney Barrett If Bosses Should Be Free to Fire Workers at Will
What is at stake in the battle over the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett? For most commentators the immediate answer is women’s control over their reproductive health and maintenance of the affordable care act. That is surely true, but excessive focus on those issues can obscure consideration of...
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