Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor was born and raised in Spencer, Iowa.

He is roughly half German, a quarter English, and the rest is Irish, Scotch-Irish, and French.  In 1814, his ancestor Barzilla Taylor fought at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend as a Tennessee volunteer under General Andrew Jackson.  The Taylors came from England in the early 1600s, settled in Virginia, and moved through the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, and Indiana, before ending up in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Jeff spent his entire life in the Midwest until moving to Alabama in 2008.  He has degrees from Northwestern College, University of Iowa, and University of Missouri.  He is Associate Professor of Political Studies at Dordt College.  His research emphases are American politics, political theory, political history, and international relations.

His book Where Did the Party Go?: William Jennings Bryan, Hubert Humphrey, and the Jeffersonian Legacy, was published by University of Missouri Press in 2006.  He has written for Green Horizon Quarterly, Modern Age, Chronicles, The American Conservative,,,, and

A political independent, Jeff has been active within the Democratic, Republican, and Green parties at various times.  His ideology, or political philosophy, is a mix of moralism, libertarianism, and populism.

His favorite writers include C.S. Lewis, Watchman Nee, A.W. Tozer, Gene Edwards, Bonaventure, François Mauriac, Leo Tolstoy, Søren Kierkegaard, Thomas Jefferson, George Orwell, Dwight Macdonald, C. Wright Mills, Gore Vidal, Gabriel Kolko, Noam Chomsky, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Susan Brownmiller, Andrea Dworkin, Malcolm X, Murray Rothbard, Kevin Phillips, and Bill Kauffman.

His top-ten favorite musicians are Bob Dylan, the Beatles, U2, Larry Norman, the Mills Brothers, Paul McCartney & Wings, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, and Johnny Cash.  He is also a distant cousin of Barack Obama, through the Overalls of Kentucky, but he thinks cousin Johnny is a better example of values.

Jeff is the husband of Shirley Taylor, and the father of William, Jane, and David.  He is an ethical vegetarian and a low church Protestant.  His book website is  Jeff can be reached via email at wherego (at)

Bob Dylan and Christian Zionism

CounterPunch has published my article on one aspect of Dylan’s foreign policy: his view of the modern state of Israel.  It touches on the theology of dispensational premillennialism.  Our book also deals with his perspectives on patriotism,...

ISIS and Paris

The “Barack Obama/John McCain Brigade” strikes again—horribly.  The U.S. federal government has sown creative destruction in the Middle East, and the world is reaping the whirlwind.  When will the madness end?  When profit is removed from w...

Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics

Dr. Jeff Taylor, Professor of Political Science at Dordt College, invites you to attend the Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics. It will be held October 29-31, 2015, on the campus of Dordt College. The conference will be a national, cr...

The Letter to Iran and Bipartisan Hype

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Elite vs. Popular

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Not Even on the Radar

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Politics on a Human Scale: Historiography

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Truth on the Losing Side

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