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John B. Judis is an author and American journalist, an editor-at-large at ''Talking Points Memo'', a former senior writer at the ''National Journal'' and a former senior editor at ''The New Republic''.

Education

Judis was born in Chicago to a family of Jewish heritage. He attended Amherst College and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Career

Judis has been a life long democratic socialist. In 1986, while debating the Objectivist philosopher Harry Binswanger, a disciple of Ayn Rand, in a televised debate "Socialism vs. Capitalism," Judis laid out his version of socialism as being the inevitable socioeconomic arrangement of a post-capitalist society, where highly educated and industrialized societies would invariably transform into social democracies with mixed-market economies, personal property rights and independent small and medium enterprises, with state intervention to regulate problems of capitalism and alleviate suffering, a view shared by many modern sociologists, including Wolfgang Streeck, and those of the mid-20th century Progressives. This vision defined all of Judis' work as an author, and is declared as prophetic by the author himself in his ''The Socialist Awakening,'' published in 2020. In 1969 he was a founding editor of ''Socialist Revolution'' (which was later renamed ''Socialist Review'' and then ''Radical Society'' before ceasing publication in 2009). In the 1970s he was a founding editor of the ''East Bay Voice''. He moved to Chicago in December 1976 to become the foreign editor of ''In These Times,'' a democratic socialist newsweekly. Judis moved to Washington in 1982. He started writing for ''The New Republic'' in 1984, became a contributing editor in 1989, and joined the regular staff in 1995. He quit in December 2014 along with other editors in protest of the owner Chris Hughes' firing of the editor and plan to turn the magazine into a profit-making vehicle. He has also written for ''GQ'', ''Foreign Affairs'', ''Mother Jones'', ''The New York Times Magazine'', and ''The Washington Post''. In 1988, he published a biography, ''William F. Buckley: Patron Saint of the Conservatives''; in 1992, ''Grand Illusion: Critics and Champions of the American Century''; in 2000, ''The Paradox of American Democracy''. In 2002, he published ''The Emerging Democratic Majority'' (co-written with political scientist Ruy Teixeira), a book arguing that Democrats would retake control of American politics by the end of the decade, thanks in part to growing support from minorities, women, and well-educated professionals. Its title was a deliberate echo of Kevin Phillips' 1969 classic, ''The Emerging Republican Majority.'' The book was named one of the year's best by ''The Economist''. Later in 2015, in an essay ''The Emerging Republican Advantage'' he revised this view as he noted that the long term Democratic Majority had given way to an "unstable equilibrium" between the parties. In 2004, he published "The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush could learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson," an attempt to put the American invasion of Iraq in historical context. In 2014 he authored the book ''Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict'' in which he discussed the connection between the Israel lobby in the United States and the origin of the modern state of Israel. In 2016, he published ''The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics''. This book, which was widely reviewed, analyzed, among other things, the remarkable success of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. In 2018, he published ''The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt against Globalization'', which attempted to explain the rise of nationalist parties and candidates, including Donald Trump. In September 2020, Judis published ''The Socialist Awakening''. In 2021, "The Politics of Our Time" will be published.


Bibliography


*''William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives'' (1988) *''Grand Illusion: Critics and Champions of the American Century'' (1992) *''The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of the Public Trust'' (2000) *''The Emerging Democratic Majority'' (with Ruy Teixeira) (2002) *''The Folly of Empire : What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson'' (2004) *''Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict'' (2014) *''The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics'' (2016) *''The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt against Globalization'' (2018) *''The Socialist Awakening: What's Different Now about the Left'' (2020)

References



External links


TNR biography
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TNR article: For a New Nationalism
by Judis and Michael Lind
Trotskyism to Anachronism: The Neoconservative Revolution
by John B. Judis (Foreign Affairs, 1995 )
Video (and audio) of conversation
with John Judis and David Frum on Bloggingheads.tv
John Judis interviewed about his book, ''Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict''
(audi
here
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