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 Progressive for 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

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 "Fox News, the Republican Party, and the right edge of evangelicalism take the lead, often inspiring each other to new levels of extremism." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, September 21, 2020
The Many Ugly Faces of Climate Science Denial
In the midst of a global pandemic, forest fires now take unprecedented area of West Coast real estate, and several hurricanes have battered the East and Gulf Coasts. The continuing and intensifying episodes of climate crisis may provide the sort of shock Naomi Klein has identified as tools to...
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Tax policy can and should address anti-democratic extremes of wealth distribution, but governments must not wait for success in that endeavor to address the climate crisis Views
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In Praise of Public Debt
Even as California burns, the states of the Gulf of Mexico brace for another hurricane, a global pandemic rages, an influential segment of DC political opinion wants the populace to focus on the national debt. Employing arguments that go back at least as far as Andrew Mellon, Herbert Hoover’s...
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"Monopoly power and concentrated wealth do immense harm to the bottom third of the wealth spectrum," writes Buell. (Cartoon: Khalil Bendib/OtherWords) Views
Monday, August 24, 2020
The Triumph of Monopoly Capitalism is Hurting American Workers’ Life Expectancy
As summer comes to an end the economic news is strangely bipolar. Business Insider reported that From March to June 2020, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos saw his wealth rise by an estimated $48 billion. The journal might also have added that 40 million workers had filed for unemployment compensation and...
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) arrives at the Senate chamber as the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues at the U.S. Capitol on January 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 03, 2020
Republican Senators Commit Political Suicide by Holding Up Stimulus in Election Year
Be thankful for small favors. When the Covid-19 depression hit like a brick, almost no one advocated austerity as a cure. For the first time since Richard Nixon proclaimed that we are all Keynesians, budget deficits and a burgeoning national debt were accepted as crucial to mitigate the extent and...
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With tens of billions of nonhuman animals either hunted or farmed in the world’s current world system of food production, future pandemics are all but certain. (Photo: Tim Geers/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 13, 2020
Unless We Take Urgent Action, Covid-19 Won't Be the Last Virus That Jumps From Animals to Humans
President Trump's misinformation campaign regarding Covid–19 serves only to highlight his gross incompetence and callous disregard for human life. It also has the unfortunate consequence of obscuring some of the deeper causes of pandemics, perspectives that will require much more attention if...
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These new minimum wage standards are a s step toward a more egalitarian society, one better equipped to counter the onslaught of disease. (Photo: Strikefor15) Views
Monday, June 29, 2020
Amid Pandemic and BLM Protests, Why Minimum Wage Must be Defended and Expanded
You can’t fault them for lack of effort. Having lost a series of political, legislative, and legal battles to defeat minimum wage increases in cities and states all across the nation, business lobbies are turning to an innovative strategy.. Covid-19 leaves businesses so burdened as to be unable to...
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McConnell’s moralistic reference to the profligacy of state governments is an initial shot over their bow in the political struggle over state debt. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Is Mitch McConnell Blocking State Aid to Enrich Vulture Funds and Bolster Corporate Control of the Economy?
Has the Senate Majority Leader lost his faith in the wisdom and predictability of markets? Crude partisanship may underlie his reluctance to enact further Covid Depression relief assistance, but the reason given was extraordinary. The Senator professed a desire to wait for the effects of the first...
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Attacks on the welfare state from the seventies on along with racial polarization fostered at least among some citizens characterization of the unemployed as lazy and unmotivated. The consequence was further denigration of the government perceived as helping these others.  (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
The Trump Depression Could Be Worse Than the Great Depression
Friday May 8 unemployment statistics were as dire as many had expected. The US Department of Labor released an unemployment rate for April of 14.7%, the worst since the Great Depression and far surpassing the worst days of the Great Recession. In light of these numbers it is not surprising that...
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An intensive care nurse treat a patient at intensive care unit at the Klinikum Bad Hersfeld hospital on March 20, 2020 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. (Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Ventilators: Even Equal Access Leaves Vital Questions
As the bodies in New York City, the world’s media and financial capital, accumulate it is understandable that physicians, nurses, and medical technicians would strive to do all in their power to close the wound. Nonetheless these very pressures can lead healers to take dangerous risks and—worse yet...
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Humans and the ecosystems of which they are a part are volatile and not always predictable. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, March 30, 2020
Corporate Media Ignores How Privatization of US Hospitals Explains Lack of Beds, Ventilators
The escalating total Covid 19 deaths in New York City and the frantic quest to obtain life saving medical gear has rightly captured media attention. New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s impassioned plea for more federal assistance and a need-based system for allocating aid among the states was covered...
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