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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MAY 22, 2013 3:12PM

What If Obama Were Small-Minded As Oklahoma's Senators?

                     cross-posted at politicsofselfishness.com

    In the aftermath of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon, President Obama immediately signed a disaster… Read full post »

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MAY 6, 2013 12:28PM

Suicides Climb While Friedman Recycles Social Darwinism

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        In a recent news story in The New York Times, (“Suic… Read full post »

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APRIL 16, 2013 8:30PM

Will The Terror In Boston Challenge Our Open Society?

                              cross-posted at politics of selfishness.com

      On a nearly perfect spring afternoon in Boston, the city… Read full post »

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JANUARY 31, 2013 3:25PM

Is "Original Intent" A Religious Concept?

                        cross-posted at politicsofselfishness.com

      During the 112th Congress, which was in existence between January 3, 2011 and January 3, 2013, the U.S. Senate, in the face of threatened Repub… Read full post »

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JULY 4, 2012 9:57AM

The Ghost of John Marshall And The Public Interest

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 A July 4th meditation

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MAY 3, 2012 1:57PM

Is This Land Still Our Land?

 

 

          "Woody" Guthrie was born in 1912 in Oklahoma, seven years after it was admitted as a state. He was one of eight children,  one of whom, a sister, died in a coal fire. His father, who was active  in the Democratic Party, name… Read full post »

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APRIL 19, 2012 5:41PM

Congressman Ryan's Delusional Politics

                                cross-posted at politics of selfishness.com

       In a recent interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Congressman Paul Ryan stated that, as a… Read full post »

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JANUARY 30, 2012 5:31PM

The GOP’s Assault Upon Economic Reality

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           The evidence con… Read full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2012 8:17AM

The Trivialization of U.S. Politics

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             Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina GOP primary. Why should anyone carRead full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2011 6:50PM

Is The Message As Important As The Substance?

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       Ever since the nascent Occupy Wall Street first emerged a few weeks ago, its supporters have been subjected to an unrelenting camp… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 4:04PM

Why Are Americans So Docile?

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   Forbes magazine reported that, as of this month, the four hundred ri…

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JUNE 30, 2011 1:36PM

Does The U.S. Need A New Constitution?

              cross-posted @politicsofselfishness.com 

        This Fourth of July, as in so many years past, politicians, public figures, and the citizens at large will celebrate the independence of the United States from Great B… Read full post »

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MARCH 28, 2011 1:13PM

What Do The Republicans Really Want?

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     Over the past few days, Tea-Party activists and… Read full post »

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MARCH 16, 2011 4:37PM

What If Japan Were The U.S.?

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     The Japanese have been rightly credited for the equanimity that they have displayed in the face of the current cala… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 16, 2011 9:54AM

What Do Corporations Owe To Everyone Else?

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       Corporations in the United States enjoy an exalted status in the media and in the public's perception, but they are also the ben… Read full post »

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JANUARY 10, 2011 1:37PM

When Will America End Its Love Affair With Guns?

The attempted assassination of Congress woman Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six innocents, including a federal district judge, should remind all of us of our continued vulnerability in this culture of lawlessness in which we live.

    Today, the United States remains among t… Read full post »