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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Trump is sucking the air out of the political debate ⁠— and Democrats and the media are enabling him

Another Monday, another day devoted to Trump’s insane tweets, racist rants, and faux outrage.

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The chorus of people warning against the dangers of drifting left are being duped

One of the most persistent—and destructive—myths in politics is that America is a center right country politically.  It is reinforced by both parties, the press, and pundits and it has become generally accepted by much of the public.  This myth explains why folks warn against going too far to the left; about the dangers of embracing—gasp—"socialism," and why most attempts to divine the "electability" of the multitude of candidates in the Democratic race are misguided at best.

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Here's what neoliberal Democrats who view Bernie Sanders as an 'existential threat' fail to realize

Over the past few days, the mainstream Democrats’ war on Bernie Sanders has come out of the closet.  Recent articles in Politico and the Guardian, detail how centrist organizations like Third Way have been pushing the narrative that Sanders is unelectable.  The reason, according to Third Way leaders and other neoliberals, is the dreaded label of “socialist.”

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A political tragedy in 3 parts

“The essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things…” —Alfred North Whitehead

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Neoliberalism is dead — but the neoliberal elite still haven't gotten the memo

The evidence keeps piling up. Neoliberalism is dead.

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Democrats need to debunk the myth of the 'good economy' — or they'll just be helping Trump win in 2020

Many in the mainstream media are telling us that the “good economy” favors Trump in 2020, and the Democrats are mostly mum on the subject, with Nancy Pelosi and the neoliberals hoping an anti-Trump campaign will win the day in the next election.

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The economic myth that has to die if Democrats hope to win back the White House in 2020

Many in the mainstream media are telling us that the “good economy” favors Trump in 2020, and the Democrats are mostly mum on the subject, with Pelosi and the neoliberals hoping an anti-Trump campaign will win the day in the next election.

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The Greatest Story Too Rarely Told: America Is an Oligarchy

OK. Enough. It’s time to quit being balanced or non-partisan or whatever other euphemism the elite establishment media uses to justify ignoring the two biggest elephants in our national living room.

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