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 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 jbuell@acadia.net

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Despite leadership’s rejection of Sanders he won an overwhelming victory in Nevada and appears to have done very well in union households. (Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters) Views
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Why the Nevada Culinary Workers Revolted Against Their Union Bosses to Support Sanders and Medicare for All
In the days leading up to the Nevada Democratic caucus media frequently referred to the “powerful” 60,000 member Culinary Workers Union. In the last quarter century instances when the words powerful and union would be used in the same sentence are all too infrequent. Nonetheless, this union has...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shares a laugh as he warms up before his baseball game field on August 19, 2019 in Dyersville, Iowa. (Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
With Bernie Sanders Now a Frontrunner, Corporate Media Smears Him as Trump-ish
The corporate media and the political establishment have always loathed Sanders, but this distaste has taken different forms. Sanders supporters would do well not only to scrutinize current opposition strategies but also to be alert to new and dangerous modes of attack. Distaste of Sanders has...
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Morrison views these fiery events through a prism of faith in an extractive capitalism. (Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 03, 2020
Australia's National State of Emergency: The Fire This Time
Australia is facing an all—encompassing disaster. Or is it? Even as fires circled much of the island Continent and for a time left only two roads out of the country’s largest city, Sydney, the nation’s Prime Minister refused to allocate more funds for volunteer fire fighters or to treat these...
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Lies Corporate Media Tell When Bernie Sanders Is "Extreme" and Trump's GOP Is "Mainstream"
Is a candidate a centrist? This question matters because many voters like to think of themselves as moderates or centrists. Other voters, not heavily engaged in the political process, are responsive to labels. Therefore the candidate who captures the label in the eyes of the corporate media has a...
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They are being charged with an extremely costly response in an era that—compliments of the neoliberal deregulators—places a premium on austerity and small government. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Trump Is Deregulating the Nation Toward Disaster
While Trump’s xenophobic and protectionist agenda, thankfully often blocked by the courts, has received the lion’s share of media attention, his henchmen have enacted a whole series of game changing initiatives in the area of federal regulation. Deregulating such domestic concerns as transportation...
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These exculpatory views survived even amidst the elevation of Elliott Abrams, the war criminal architect of brutal Central American policy late last century. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Views
Thursday, June 06, 2019
From Guatemala to Moscow to Washington, Neoliberalism and Privatization Driving Our Crises
To the corporate media, history goes back only as far as yesterday. Thus the media portray the chaos and violence in Central America as though this is just a case of stuff happens. Or all of a sudden millions decided to come north in search of a better life. And these exculpatory views survived...
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Our citizens are facing a broad, multifaceted attack on democracy itself. (Photo: jerry dohnal/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, April 05, 2019
“Free” Markets and the Attack on Democracy
Many US citizens take comfort in the conviction that progress toward democracy has been steady even if stalled or even periodically reversed. History is on our side. Early in the post Revolutionary period the right to vote was extended to all white men, even those who held no property. Women...
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 Suspicions were intensified by war gamers’ determination to make the play as close to the real thing as possible, right down to wheeling out pretend nuclear warheads, use of encrypted messages, and periods of total silence., all warlike actions.(Photo: tofoli.douglas/flickr/public domain) Views
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Nuclear Brinkmanship Is Back: Why We Need a New Peace Movement
MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) is truly mad. At the height of the Cold War some military analysts and planners maintained that parity in weapons that would destroy civilization prevented either side from resort to those weapons. Parity, however, is a slippery concept, especially in an...
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Perhaps the strike is not really extinct. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, February 08, 2019
Labor Strikes, Once Blunted by GOP and Corporations, are Back and Shaping Public Policy
If President Trump does try to start back up the government shutdown this month, he may face an insuperable obstacle. Just days before the (temporary?) ending of the government shutdown long time left scholar and activist Barbara Ehrenreich and former Teamster organizer Gary Stevenson urged TSA...
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The vast accumulation of wealth at the top is matched by inordinate concentrations of political power. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Right that Tax Justice is Key to our Democratic Prospect?
There is surprisingly widespread support for higher taxes on the rich. Americans have typically felt that one should keep what one earns. Many are also convinced that they will one day become rich, hence the popularity of lotteries, which reflect and help sustain that belief. Dean Baker, co-founder...
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