Stories by Alexander Zaitchik

Alexander Zaitchik is a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist and AlterNet contributing writer. His book, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, is published by Wiley & Sons. subscribe to Alexander Zaitchik's feed

Posted on: Feb 2, 2015, Source: Southern Poverty Law Center

The radical right has to be considered a strong contender for the title of modern conspiracy champion.

Posted on: May 5, 2013, Source: Salon

Local officials and enviros are making plans for a post-global warming America. And so are profit-seeking businesses.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2012, Source: Media Matters

The ultimate return sought by ALEC is nothing less than the rollback of the state and the establishment of unfettered corporate rule.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2012, Source: Media Matters for America

The "global gun grab" that isn't.

Posted on: May 15, 2012, Source: American Independent News Network

New York’s marijuana arrests, says a growing chorus of critics, are a prime example of how the nation’s drug laws disproportionately impact black and Latino communities.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2012, Source: Media Matters for America

In recent years, the NRA's leadership has expertly cultivated a very profitable hatred and paranoia among its membership.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Students at ultra-right Harding University planned a conference on poverty, but school administrators had other ideas.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2011, Source: Southern Poverty Law Center

Around the U.S., state legislators are proposing laws influenced by radical-right ideas. Most are flatly unconstitutional.

Posted on: May 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Hitchens underwent waterboarding to experience the torture of terror suspects -- now dying of cancer, he could help the cause of psychedelic research with a dose of psilocybin.

Posted on: May 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Andrew Breitbart serves up thin gruel in his clownish memoir-manifesto, "Righteous Indignation."

Posted on: Mar 22, 2011, Source: SPLC Intelligence Report

With the rise of the right, the National Center for Constitutional Studies' bizarre version of U.S. history is gaining adherents.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

An interview with co-founder of the Yippies and legendary satirist Krassner on his new book and his recent forays into journalism and activism.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Has Beck gone too far even for Fox News and his conservative viewers?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2010, Source: SPLC's Hate Watch

Robert Rodriguez's new film is madcap Mexploitation, but the paranoid crowd sees propaganda for the coming "race war."

Posted on: Aug 24, 2010, Source: SPLC's Hate Watch

Despite his lame efforts to try to capitalize on the MLK legacy at an upcoming DC rally, Glenn Beck cannot hide his deep-seated racism.

Posted on: Aug 15, 2010, Source: Southern Poverty Law Center

The American radical right has to be considered a strong contender for the title of modern conspiracy champion.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2010, Source: AlterNet

From accounts of prison life to tales of drug smuggling, the Wikileaks memos bring the Afghan war home.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Beck is making a grotesque attempt to co-opt the legacy of MLK. "We will reclaim the civil rights moment. We are on the right side of history."

Posted on: May 5, 2010, Source: Killing the Buddha

Glenn Beck's strange TV: Mormon masterpiece theater.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Over 10,000 protesters gathered in New York's financial district to demand financial reform.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

If anything can make you forget 3,500 Republicans chomping reindeer jerky, it's Sarah Palin screaming "Who dat!"

Posted on: Apr 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The world of medicine may finally be ready to catch back up with psychedelic pioneers, whose work was rejected a half-century ago.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

For years, Sallie Mae fed on taxpayers to finance Republican campaigns and private golf courses for their executives. No more.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Tax preparation giants are making a killing on short-term, high-interest, fee-laden loans on tax returns.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Tea Party that worships Sarah Palin and screams for Barack Obama's birth certificate doesn't merit comparison to positive social movements of the 1960s.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Six months after Gateway Pundit forced Jones' White House resignation over a 9/11 petition, Beck revives ridiculous red-baiting act.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2010, Source: Killing the Buddha

Author Mitch Horowitz's new book unleashes America's occult past.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2009, Source: Killing the Buddha

Even by the popsicle-stick standards of its genre, the disaster movie 2012 is so dumb you actually want everyone to die.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Beck described SEIU nurse care as "amazing" after his inflamed appendix was removed.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Bob Grant taught a generation of conservative talkers how to channel white rage, until a listener boycott helped push him off the air. Now he's back.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Father of the Gaia Theory, James Lovelock says we can't stop climate change, but that humanity will continue in some smaller form.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Third Way is drenched in corporate money, tangled in ties to big business and bent on Clintonian triangulation. How dare it call itself progressive?

Posted on: May 22, 2009, Source: Killing the Buddha

My account of a night high on the "Ayahuasca madre" with the Ashaninka tribe deep in the Amazon rainforest.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Understanding FOX News' biggest star.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Who could be against helping veterans, the elderly, youth and the planet? 168 Congressional Republicans and scores of the lunatic fringe.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The tea parties are AstroTurf -- fake grassroots. But there is a real movement growing against corporate greed and government malfeasance.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama has been devoting time to talk about defense spending reform, and has assembled a team to make sure it happens.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Millions of boomers born into the dawn of the largest economic expansion in history are being forced to re-imagine their retirement futures.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Can it be long before the entire country is tweeting away in the din of a giant turd-covered silicon aviary?

Posted on: Feb 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Here are five significant under-the-radar things to be grateful for in the post-Bush era.