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Flap and Doodle. Balder and Dash.

Flap and doodle. Balder and Dash. Every so often, when I need to remind myself that there have been other brutally corrupt, know-nothing moments in American history, and other leaders who exhibit at least some of the same personality traits as does Donald Trump – laziness, greed, cupidity, short-sightedness, a penchant for corruption, an isolationist temperament – I turn to H.L. Mencken. Mencken, a Baltimore newspaperman who rose to become the country’s leading commentator in the decades surrounding the first world war, wielded his pen like a sword. His editorials for the Baltimore Sun skewered public figures whom the journalist…...

Impeachment Chronicles 3

Impeachment Chronicles 3 This is the week that, generations from now, historians will cite as the pivot point; the moment when everything became blindingly clear and the choices increasingly binary. Trump survives, the constitution doesn’t. Trump is finally destroyed by his own hubris, democratic governance survives by the skin of its teeth. Trump’s doctrine of presidential infallibility is upheld by the courts, or the courts finally say “enough” and force the White House, and Trump himself, to comply with subpoenas. The ordering of State Department personnel to not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry grinds the process to a halt, or…...

Impeachment Chronicles 2

Impeachment Chronicles 2 “When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; and when Rome falls – the world.” So wrote Lord Byron, describing the notion of an impossibly apocalyptic event, the collapse of a hyperpower whose survival anchored all surrounding global relations. This past week, the American constitution, as signature a part of what it means to be an American as the Coliseum was to Rome, came under sustained assault by the president and his Congressional enablers. And, as it did, a global order painstakingly fashioned over the better part of a century, arguably entered its final frenetic period of unraveling…....


Impeachment. And so it begins. On Tuesday, faced with growing evidence that Trump had used the power to his office to try to strong-arm the Ukrainian president into providing dirt on Joe Biden and his family, Speaker Pelosi announced the House would launch an impeachment inquiry against the president. A friend said to me that he was surprised how cathartic it was just knowing that, finally, Trump is being held to account for the extreme lawlessness of his presidency. He’s right. The very act of initiating an impeachment inquiry changes not just the political calculus in the country but also…...

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.
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