Jeff Taylor

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

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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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Bottom of the Barrel

barrel December 28, 2010

Here is your opportunity to name the worst-ever occupant of the White House.

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On the Porch with Bye, Bye, Miss American Empire

bye bye December 9, 2010

I value a writer who makes me read with a dictionary. Godspeed the man with a memory.

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Sausage Time Machine

Meat grinder-1 October 22, 2010

Does food have a context of time and place?, or, How to make your own sausage.

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