Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips is the author, most recently, of Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich.

Recent Articles

The People Vs. the Parties

Could either party nominate a full-menu libertarian or populist? Our national political logjam explains why artifice has become endemic.

Massachusetts pundits and periodicals like to pour great debates from parochial pitchers. The big question of 1992 was whether Democratic ex-Senator Paul Tsongas could merchandise his hairshirt economics west of New England (no, as it turned out). Looking ahead to 1996, the wonderment is whether a cultural moderate liberal and fiscal conservative like GOP Governor William Weld can sell his own Eastern elite ideology to a nominating convention dominated by Indianapolis and Oklahoma City. Probably not.

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