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To the readers of The Abramsky Report, an important update on the website:

  The site has now been in existence nearly a year, and, as you all know, during that time there has been no shortage of things to write about. On a daily basis, events are unfolding that boggle the mind, that leave anyone with a social conscience reeling at the sheer cruelty and irrationality of governance in the Trump era. Kids in cages. Refugees turned away. Asylum seekers bottled up in camps in Mexico. Hate groups on the march. Political rallies that look like nothing so much as Nuremberg-styled Fascist gatherings. Bans on people based on their religion. Tariffs imposed

In The Dead of Winter, The Green Shoots of Spring Beckon

In the Dead of Winter, the Green Shoots of Spring Beckon As 2019 fades out and 2020 beckons, it’s tempting to focus on the doom-and-gloom. On Brexit, in the UK, and the stunningly awful election result there earlier this month. On the rise and consolidation of authoritarian governments from Brazil to India. On the daily horror show of Trumpism – the sadistic treatment of immigrants, the irrational antipathy toward all-things-environmental, the degradation and dumbing-down of public discourse, the endless self-dealing, the hostility toward the free press and so on. But instead, for this final column of 2019, I want to

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass. There is, these days, an ever more hallucinatory quality to politics. The most powerful man on earth flies to London to a NATO summit, and spends half his time in very public spats with the Canadian and French leaders; calls one nasty and the other two-faced; announces he will “deal with” countries that don’t ramp up their military spending fast enough for his liking; threatens to slap 100 percent tariffs on French luxury items; leaves London in a huff and flies home early… into an impeachment maelstrom in which his unleashed Congressional enablers are demanding of

An Emperor and his Enablers

An Emperor and his Enablers. After two weeks of public impeachment hearings, a few things seem remarkably clear. The first is that Trump clearly subscribes to the notion that his personal interest by definition is the state’s interest. And, conversely, that the institutions of state have no greater duty than to tend to his every whim. Hence the vitriol directed at the whistleblower who used perfectly legal channels to voice his concern about the July 25th phone call. Hence the threatening, taunting, barrage launched against Alexander Vindman, Marie Yovanovitch and others who have testified before Congress. Hence the ordering of

A Little About Me

I launched The Abramsky Report after more than two decades as a freelance newspaper and magazine journalist and columnist, and regular feature writer for The Nation magazine. 
My eight books include The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, a New York Times Notable Book of 2013; The House of Twenty Thousand Books, a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2015; and, most recently, Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.


What People Say

Sasha Abramsky is a treasure of American journalism. He follows the story wherever it leads, from border Samaritans to Chicago neuroscientists. His compassion and intelligence help to place the triumph of fear alongside its systematic causes in inequality and racism. It makes for compelling, urgent reading.
Raj Patel
Best selling author of 'The Value of Nothing'
Abramsky’s argument feels simultaneously complex and familiar: constant sensationalism via social media and selective journalism of the Fox News variety has overwhelmed rationality within society. “Our anxieties and terrors were being nurtured by people and institutions who stood to make a buck out of those fears,” he writes. “In the campaign for the US presidency in 2016, those fears were nurtured as never before.” This American tendency to make fundamental decisions “with worst-case-scenarios as a psychic backdrop” is creating a more oppressive society, particularly for the poor and people of color, while corporate or criminal interests may profit.
Kirkus Review


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