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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy: Nov 2016 – Jan 2017 Issue 29

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy


Nov 2016 – Jan 2017  Issue 29

From the Editor

First an apology.  For the first time in the history of this journal, I failed to get an issue out when it was due (July 1).  There are three reasons:  first the primary campaign led me to get behind.  And then a piece of surgery put me further behind.  Then just as I was about to put the issue up on the next due date (

Notes on Contributors

Ward McAfee is a retired history professor who spent his entire teaching career at California State University, San Bernardino. American history is his major field, and political history has always been his primary focus. His books include subjects such as the coming of the U.S.-Mexican War, the coming of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. 

Notes on Democracy: The Presidency

By Parkes Riley

In the best form of democracy would there be such an office as that of the President of the United States?  No.

Tom Hayden and the Lusitania

By Ivan Light 

I Don’t Hate Andrew Jackson

By Ward McAfee

The nearest approach to Donald Trump in American history is Andrew Jackson – they both are haters.


The Trump and Sanders Phenomena: The Sources of Anger and Frustration in the American Electorate

By Andrew Winnick

Why is it that two, in many respects very different, attacks on our political establishment have boiled up during the 2016 election cycle?


Some Thoughts on Brexit

By Norman Clark 

Economic austerity and not immigration is the r

Review of The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert J. Gordon (2016, Princeton University Press)

By Linda Vogel

A major study of what to expect about growth in the American economy and increases in our standard of living – note:  things won’t be what they were.


Equality and Inequality

By Merrill Ring

Must the search for equality be doomed by the recognition that inequality of wealth, even if achieved, cannot be maintained? 




Pithy Polemics

The Sinking Middle Class - BG


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