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Kevin Mattson

Kevin Mattson is the Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University. His most recent book, What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?, is just out in paperback.

Reactions to Kevin Mattson's call for the left to abandon populism. Read more

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"The people" are no more virtuous or incorruptible than elites. Read more

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Intellectuals don't always guide movements; often, movements guide intellectuals. Read more

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Thirty years after Carter's "malaise speech," the language of humility and civic obligation resonates more powerfully than ever. Read more

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William F. Buckley's contradictions -- a feisty rebelliousness alongside classic, conservative principles like civility and hierarchy -- are what made his conservatism so profoundly American and so profoundly effective. Read more

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Clinton's traditional support went up against Obama's insurgent organizing. But neither campaign hit the populist notes that would have really resonated with Ohio Democrats. Read more

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