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How were special interests and their lobbyists able to steal our political system?

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    Paul L. Nevins  has been a trial lawyer since 1982. He is an employment lawyer who primarily represents victims of discrimination and wrongful discharge.   Before he became  a lawyer, Nevins taught History and English in the Boston Public Schools from 1971 through 1982. He also taught the "National Street Law" project, and a moral development curriculum which he created based upon his work with Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg. In addition, he served as a consultant to the Education Development Center.

        While teaching, Mr. Nevins served as a member of the Executive Board of the Boston Teachers Union, Local 66, AFT / AFL-CIO, and as the first chairman of its desegregation committee. He was also a delegate to the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. Mr. Nevins is a former member of the Executive Board of the Citywide Education Coalition, where he served as chairman of its personnel and grievance committee.

     Paul Nevins served as a conscript in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970 as a personnel specialist and as a German language translator-interpreter. In 1969, he was a founder and 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.

    Paul Nevins received in Bachelor's Degree with honors from Suffolk University. with major and minors in Goverment, History and Economics He completed a Master of Arts degreee at New York University with a concentration in poltical philopshy and methodology of the social sciences; he wrote his Master's thesis on the politics of T.H.Green. Nevins received a J. D. from Suffolk University law School.

     Nevins resides in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. He is married to Virginia E. ( Davis ) Nevins. Virginia  for 37 years. They have two daughters, a grandson and granddaughter.

        His cumulative life experiences have caused him to commit himself to the cause of social justice and inspired him to a writer - to give voice to the powerless,  the forgotten, and those who have been left behind in our culture. 

Birth Place
Boston, MA USA

Paul Nevins earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in 1966 from Suffolk University. He received a Master's Degree in Politics from New York University in 1968, with a concentration in Political Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences. He wrote his Master's Thesis on the politics of T.H. Green. Later, in 1982, he graduated from Suffolk University Law School and received a Juris Doctor Degree.
He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, Federal District Court for Massachusetts and First Circuit Court of Appeals bars in 1982. Mr. Nevins is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA. He is also member of the American Bar Association, and serves on their national advisory committee.
Nevins is a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University and the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board, Suffolk University.

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Is a preoccupation with the self at the root of America’s present political and economic problems? Most observers acknowledge that current state of American politics is abysmal but, as the country continues its descent to second-world status, the electronic and print media continue offer the same tired analysis and nostrums from those whom New York Times columnist Frank Rich has derided as the “Sabbath gas-bags.” Before solutions can be offered, the right questions need to be asked, but in the current political climate, the noise and political bickering obscure this need. Why, in fact, are the political and legal systems of the United States unresponsive and on the verge of implosion? Why can’t self-regulation of the market economy work? Why are American labor unions and employees virtually powerless to effect change in the workplace? Why has economic inequality continued to grow and poverty become intractable in the United States? Why do lobbyists and special interests now exercise disproportionate influence over public policy? Why is America’s public education system dysfunctional and why does it fail to educate our citizens in contrast to Western Europe? Why are lawlessness and anti-social behavior so pervasive in this country? The Politics of Selfishness directly addresses a number of the questions which dominate contemporary American politics. The book attempts to provide answers based upon a coherent perspective which is admittedly outside the paradigm of what passes for conventional political discourse in this culture. The book examines the reasons for the inability of the political system of the United States to address, in any meaningful way, the problems which underlie the questions asked, despite the evidence of widespread suffering, disillusionment and anxiety among the American populace. Nevins’ book also predicts, based upon the existing evidence which is examined, that, if left uncorrected, things are likely to get even worse. The author explores a theme which runs throughout American history, politics, economics and law. 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 our 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 our institutions, at all levels, are failing because of our uncritical embrace of the anti-social individualism which is John Locke’s legacy. As such, the book documents the malaise so evocatively described by Jonathan Franzen in his most recent work of fiction, Freedom: The Novel. "The Politics of Selfishness: How John Locke’s Legacy Is Paralyzing America" was first published by Greenwood/Praeger/ABC-CLIO this past autumn. It may now be ordered on-line from and barnes&, among others. It is on sale at independent book stores throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

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Paul Nevins, Attorney at law
92 State Street, Suite 800
Boston MA 02109   USA
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The Politics of Selfishness
The website contains, in addition to information about the author, excerpts from his current book as well as a number of related articles that he has written about contemporary American society and politics. All comments - pro and con - are welcomed on this site.

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