Paul Nevins

Paul Nevins
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
October 29
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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JUNE 13, 2014 3:49PM

The War-Mongers’ Lament

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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 25, 2014 4:25PM

Memorial Day, 2014

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      Since the end of the Civil War, our country has chosen to set aside one day in particular to remember and to pay homage to those who have lost the… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2014 3:32PM

The GOP's Assault upon Reason

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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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MARCH 5, 2014 6:23PM

Apple’s Obscene Win-Lose Game

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FEBRUARY 28, 2014 1:42PM

Our Throw Away Culture

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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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JANUARY 14, 2014 11:25AM

Inside Senator Rubio's Brain

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    2013 was a difficult year for anyone who tries to remain an optimist. Here at home, gun violence continued unabated, environmental degradation remain… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2013 5:17PM

Christmas and Compassion

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DECEMBER 16, 2013 1:30PM

America's War against Its Children

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DECEMBER 10, 2013 3:45PM

The Right Wing Confronts Pope Francis

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DECEMBER 6, 2013 10:11AM

Who Have We Become?

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     Pope Francis' denunciation of trickle-down economics and unfettered capitalism in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium came after numerous reports d… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 8:33PM

Requiescat in Pace

        The death of Nelson Mandela reminds us that, in the course of human history, few people appear who point the way for our species to advance. We are reminded of the examples of Socrates and Unamuno who strike a resonant chord. 


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