Jeff Taylor

Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics

July 7, 2015
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, cross-disciplinary,…
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The Letter to Iran and Bipartisan Hype

Tom-Cotton March 24, 2015
Sioux Center, Iowa.   Most Republican members of the U.S. Senate have signed a public letter to the Iranian government warning that any agreement with President Obama that is not approved by the Senate is likely to be transitory and counterproductive…
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Common Good Politics: A Review of Nader’s Book

nader book June 16, 2014
In his new book, Ralph Nader argues that the Left and the Right should unite against the economic and political establishment in the Center.
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Elite vs. Popular

January 17, 2014
This week, in Strasbourg, there was a fine and frank denunciation of the European Union by Nigel Farage, British member of the European Parliament.  Developments across the Atlantic mirror the same concentration of power—political and economic—we have seen in the…
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Not Even on the Radar

December 1, 2013
In a small attempt to connect political theory to actual power, last week I sent messages to some GOP members of the U.S. Senate telling them about my new book, Politics on a Human Scale.  (It might sound self-promoting…
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Politics on a Human Scale: Historiography

low-res Front Cover FPR 1 October 23, 2013
The language of “human scale” politics originated, at least in modern America, among the New Left and the Counterculture. More recently it has been adopted by traditional conservatives (appropriately enough).
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What You Need to Know About Dwight Macdonald

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Dwight Macdonald was one of the twentieth century’s great public intellectuals. American culture was Macdonald’s specialty, including government. A journalist by trade, Macdonald’s first professional job was writing for Time magazine. He later wrote for another Luce publication—Fortune—until…
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Truth on the Losing Side

June 27, 2013
Justice Scalia’s dissents in the two same-sex “marriage” cases are worth reading. The first opinion addresses the idea of judicial supremacy within the federal government—what Jefferson called “the despotism of an oligarchy”: “This case is about power in several respects.…
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A Radical Republican

Pettigrew June 7, 2013
We need more Richard Pettigrews in an age of Wall Street harlotry and Pax Americana war making.
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What’s Wrong with the Republican Party?

GOP November 21, 2012
An ill-fitting presidential nominee led to an election loss. A better nominee might win next time--but is winning enough?
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Paul Ryan: More of the Same

August 11, 2012
When the New York Times reported that Governor Romney was facing pressure from the “Right” to name Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, the flagship newspaper of the U.S. establishment meant the ersatz Right of neoconservatives, Rupert Murdoch,…
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Wisconsin Calling

March 29, 2012
Ron Paul should go to Wisconsin and make a splash.
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The GOP in Limbo: How Low Can You Go?

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Newt Gingrich is a master of righteous indignation although he’s far better at being indignant than being righteous. What's going on with conservative Christians?
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Post-Iowa Advice for the Paul Campaign

paul January 6, 2012
Ron Paul didn't win Iowa but he did well. What should he do now?
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Agrarian Politics: Why I Care

corn May 31, 2011
Interest in agrarian politics can start in childhood. As feminists used to say, "The personal is political."
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Happy Birthday, Happy Warrior

May 27, 2011
May 27 is the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Hubert Horatio Humphrey.  Jesse Walker has brought an interesting tribute by Rick Perlstein to my attention.  It’s a perceptive analysis, as far as it goes.  It’s not complete, though, because…
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