Paul Nevins

Paul Nevins
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birthday
October 29
Bio
Paul Nevins is the author of "The Politics of Selfishness: How John Locke’s Legacy Is Paralyzing America "(Greenwood /Praeger/ABC-CLIO). The central thesis of this important and unconventional work is that the United States has begun to experience a number of profound, interrelated problems that are caused, both directly and indirectly, by the country's dogmatic and often unconscious adherence, collectively as a political culture and individually as Americans, to the political philosophy of John Locke. That ideology, which is the bedrock upon which the American liberal democracy has been founded, asserts that human beings are by nature solitary, aggrandizing individuals. Hence, preoccupation with the self in all of its manifestations and attributes - as opposed to the whole, the public interest - has become the primary focus by which political, economic and societal decisions are made. Consequently, the preferred form of social and political relationships with others, including the state as the organized expression of political society, is solely contractual and is designed primarily to protect private property in all of its forms. "The Politics of Selfishness" provides compelling historic and contemporary evidence that U.S. institutions, at all levels, are failing because of the country's uncritical embrace of the anti-social individualism which is John Locke’s legacy. Paul Nevins has been a trial attorney in private practice since 1982. He concentrates in public and private sector employment law and litigation, related civil rights and constitutional law claims, and contract claims. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Paul Nevins taught in the Boston Public Schools. While teaching, Mr. Nevins served as a member of the Executive Board of the Boston Teachers Union, Local 66, AFT/AFL-CIO. Paul Nevins served as a conscript in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. In 1969, he was a founder and the first chairman of GIs for Peace at Fort Bliss, Texas.This was the first organization of active duty soldiers who publicly opposed the Vietnam War. Mr. Nevins received an A.B. Degree from Suffolk University, a Master of Arts Degree from New York University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Suffolk University Law School. He lives and works in Boston.

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NOVEMBER 24, 2014 5:27PM

Thanksgiving and Immigration

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  In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for the first national celebration of Thanksgiving. OverRead full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 1:06PM

Veterans Day, 2014

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         On this Veterans Day, it is important toRead full post »

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    The current Ebola crisis raises profound questions about whether the public health… Read full post »

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             Is it in best interests of the United States to continue to arm and banRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 3:37PM

A Coalition of the Unwilling

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AUGUST 19, 2014 12:43PM

When Economists Become Theologians

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JUNE 13, 2014 3:49PM

The War-Mongers’ Lament

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          The growing turmoil in Iraq now providesRead full post »

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        A number of recent events have cast in stark relief the continued unraveling of the political system of the UniRead full post »

MAY 23, 2014 3:32PM

The GOP's Assault upon Reason

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             Repinted from a prior post on April 30, 2012

    In almost every country in the world, workers celebrate May 1st as May Day, or International Workers' Day. It is a national holiday in more than 80 countries.
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   The debate between public and private interests has long been a part of the discourse in American politics. The contretemps over Clive… Read full post »

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    Nothing illustrates the impoverishment of political discourse in the United States today… Read full post »

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              Once upon a time, the Republican Party was a progressive political party with big ideas about theRead full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 6:23PM

Apple’s Obscene Win-Lose Game

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           The Economic Policy Institute, in an analysis of Fede

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FEBRUARY 28, 2014 1:42PM

Our Throw Away Culture


           This past summer,  a columnist for the British Daily Mail newspaper, Simon Tomlinson, released a photographic essay (June 13, 2013) entitled , “Abandoned America: Haunting images of the crumbling schools, decaying churches and ru… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 3:50PM

Bobby Jindal and the Triumph of Lunacy

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FEBRUARY 21, 2014 3:36PM

David Brooks Endorses John Calvin

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FEBRUARY 20, 2014 3:51PM

Is Anonymity the Enemy of Democracy?

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             Democracy in Athens, as practiced in the 5th century B.C., was far from perfect. ArRead full post »

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      All of the evidence shows that what Gunnar Myrdal described as the American… Read full post »

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     In 2001, Volkswagen announced that it intended to open an assembly plant in the United States.Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2014 11:25AM

Inside Senator Rubio's Brain

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     On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s speech to the Congress in which he committed hiRead full post »

 

  [For anyone interested in the background of the case in which  the U.S. Supreme  Court heard oral argument, this article is a repost on this blog entitled "Is 'Original Intent' A Religious Doctrine?" The thrust of the questioning by the jurists yesterday suggests that even theRead full post »