John Atcheson

Republicans are spewing nonsense on impeachment. That doesn't mean the 'big lie' won't work

Republicans are mounting an effective defense against impeachment that is without foundation, but is likely to prove effective.  Essentially, they are all repeating the same lies in unison, over and over again, taking advantage of something called the “illusory truth effect,” which causes people to confuse repetition with truth.

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Why we need a Green New Deal — and why half measures won't work

Last week there were two reports released on climate change. The first warned that most nations were falling short of their commitments under the Paris agreement and that time was running out to avoid going above a 1.5°C increase in temperature. The second warned of impending tipping points and suggested a different way of formulating policy that might help us avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

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Sorry, President Obama — but we do need to tear down the system

There are two ways to practice politics: you can either follow polls or shape them.  For four decades now, Democrats have been poll followers, and Republicans have been poll shapers.

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How Trump is controlling the narrative on impeachment

Remember “no collusion,” Trump’s go-to line on the Mueller investigation?  It was brilliant in its own way. Trump’s crimes were pretty clear: soliciting aid from a foreign government and obstructing justice—and there was ample evidence that he’d done both. But “no collusion” avoided mentioning criminal behavior, because collusion has no real meaning in strictly legal terms, and it is a word that most people simply don’t use.

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False 'balance' infects the entire mainstream media — making it regurgitate nonsense as if it were news

The other day, while listening to that liberal bastion, NPR, the newscaster mentioned that another witness had given testimony that would be damaging to Trump in the House’s impeachment inquiry.  In a transition so seamless it was an integral part of the story, the anchor immediately went on to say that Republicans claim the process is flawed, illegitimate, and partisan.

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The revolution is here — Democrats ignore it at their peril

Despite the yammering by the mainstream media and the neoliberals running the Democratic Party—not to mention Republicans and Fox News—the overwhelming majority of voters support progressive issues on a case-by-case basis, and the majority support the candidates who espouse them. Doubt that? See here, or here, or here, or any poll based the issues, not on political labels that—as a result of a four decades-long branding effort funded by the oligarchy—have ceased to represent any real political perspective.

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The plutocracy's war on people: Centrists and conservatives are ignoring the giant elephant in our national living room

The best analogy I can think of to characterize what passes for political “debate” in America these days, is a bunch of people stuck in a rubber life raft with a big leak hissing away, drifting in the midst of a vast ocean surrounded for as far as they can see by starving sharks, while a few “leaders” insist on arguing about 1) whether there’s a leak; 2) whether to patch it; and 3) what to patch it with.

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The neoliberal attack on Bernie Sanders' Green New Deal is a clear and present danger

Last week Bernie Sanders released his version of the Green New Deal—a $16.3 trillion 10-year plan to get down to zero carbon in the power industry and in transportation. Right on schedule, the neoliberal establishment pounced on it as "too expensive," not "realistic" and not "prudent." Just as they had with other proposals that would have averted the certain physical and fiscal disaster that climate change will cause.

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The DNC confederacy of dunces is back at it for 2020 — and the consequences could devastate the US and the world

The Democratic debates turned into exactly what they should have — a war between the progressives and the neoliberal centrists (aka corporatists).

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The real issue? Progressives need to do a better job at messaging

Joe Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman cum pundit, labelled Mitch McConnel “Moscow Mitch” and it may have done more to expose McConnel as the dangerous autocratic hypocrite he is. But McConnel is just a symptom of a much larger malady, one that has been brewing for four decades – the increasing influence of money in politics and government.

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