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John J. Pitney, Jr.

John J. Pitney, Jr. is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College.

He served as the acting director of the research department of the Republican National Committee from 1990-1991. He received a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.A. in political science from Union College.

Articles found on this site:
America's Relentless Suitor
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: November 11, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 4, Fall 2016

There is much to learn from Nixon’s virtues and vices.

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Symbols Matter
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: November 23, 2015
Symbols, like the black shirts traditionally worn by fascist organizations and now being donned by the CMC campus protesters, matter. If the protesters are really serious about healing our community, they should avoid symbols that say the opposite....
 
The Year of Living Dangerously
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: October 30, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 4, Fall 2014

A review of Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, by Michael Nelson.

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American Woman
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: May 11, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 2 - Spring 2010

A review of Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin

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Nixon's the One
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: July 21, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 3 - Summer 2008

Nixon's influence on the way we practice politics today.

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Not a Hugger
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: April 18, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII , Number 2 - Spring 2008

Cheney Derangement Syndrome is threatening the mental health of the cultural and political Left.

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Books in Brief
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: October 3, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 4 - Fall 2007
Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy, by Colin Dueck Colin Dueck's Reluctant Crusaders is a well-researched, cogently argued explanation of how America's internal political characteristics have shaped its strategy toward the world. A prof...
 
Books in Brief
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: January 29, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. II, Number 4 - Fall 2002
I'll Be Short: Essentials for a Decent Working Society by Robert B. Reich. Former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich first gained notice in the 1980s as a champion of "neoliberalism." The term was never clear. Neoliberals generally took the same stands as paleoliberals and mesol...
 
Crushing One's Enemies
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: September 1, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. III, Number 4 - Fall 2003

Dating only from the 17th century, The Book of Five Rings is a Japanese work on the specifics of martial arts and swordsmanship.

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The President and the Professors
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: February 15, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. III, Number 2 Spring 2003

Presidents use professors for their own purposes, not the other way around. 

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A Bad Case for Big Government
By: John J. Pitney, Jr.
Posted: February 6, 2002
This article appeared in: Vol. II , Number 2 - Winter 2002

Though the authors are prestigious professors, the book is surprisingly simplistic and often simply wrong.

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