John Buell

John Buell

John Buell 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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A fireworks display in London marks the start of 2018. (Photo: Amanda Slater/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, January 07, 2018
2017: Corporate Sins of Commission and Omission
As 2017 drew to a close, corporate media often presented some retrospective commentary on the most significant stories of the year. I would like to take the beginning of the new year as an occasion to award our media for some of the most outrageous, even reckless performances of the year. My lead...
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"Things have not worked out and privatization has become a means by which politically and socially well positioned have increased their power." (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Will Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Become Another Attack on Democracy?
President Trump promises rapid economic growth compliments of his tax cut. Even if he is correct, however, the private sector expansion he celebrates will likely leave huge holes acknowledged even by many conservative economists. California is burning. Our highways, sewers, bridges, and tunnels are...
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"Not only did the Kennedy Administration pour fuel on the fire of the arms race, it practiced nuclear brinksmanship of the most dangerous sort." Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
President Trump: Nuclear Business As Usual?
Last winter when President-elect Trump tweeted: “United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” the tweet was portrayed as shockingly new and threatening. As President, Trump continues his inflammatory...
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Naomi Klein and the Quest for Environmental Justice
More than a program for economic and ecological renewal Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need is a thoughtful analysis of how we have arrived at this point in our politics. Both rigorous and readable it is hard to put down. It spares no one,...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan an Attack on Democracy?
President Trump has pledged that his administration will soon propose a really big infrastructure program. Congress will likely debate its size and whether it will be financed through deficits or taxation. There are other issues at least as important. With our highways, sewers, bridges, and tunnels...
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Monday, May 01, 2017
Rural Consciousness and Democratic Politics
The loss of the so-called flyover states was the key—and very surprising—factor in Hillary Clinton's loss of last year's presidential election. Some pundits attributed the outcome to racism among white rural voters and even blamed these voters for supposedly making choices harmful to their own...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Fake News and the New McCarthyism
One of the most potent worries about the coming Trump presidency is concern about free speech. Trump’s willingness to tolerate or even encourage violence against nonviolent critics of his agenda and personnel choices is alarming. The Washington Post recently carried a chilling cautionary tale about...
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Trade, Democracy, and the Politics of Backlash
One bit of good news came across my computer screen in the days leading up to the termination of this repellant campaign. It appeared that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe (CETA) was headed for defeat. That good news was soon reversed as treaty advocates made...
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Monday, February 22, 2016
The Supreme Court’s Ultimate Coup: It Makes the Most Consequential Decisions
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should be an occasion to re-examine one of his favorite themes: the intent of the Founding Fathers. In one sense, Scalia did serve their principles in his Citizens United decision. Frequent invocations of the Constitution by the corporate media in...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Is Latest Threat to Our Democracy
Conservatives warn us that deficit spending will turn the U.S. into a fiscal basket case, like Greece. No longer truly independent, Greece is ruled by the IMF, the ECB, and the European Commission. What conservatives seldom point out is that membership in the Eurozone cost Greece control of its own...
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