Steven J. Allen

About Steven J. Allen

Dr. Steven J. Allen (J.D., Ph.D.) is vice president and chief investigative officer of the Capital Research Center in Washington, D.C., and author of the forthcoming book Revolt of the Deplorables. He served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton (R-Ala.) and as the senior researcher in Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

Manafort’s Web Ensnares NeverTrumpers, Democrats—Everyone

Paul Manafort was exactly what Donald Trump’s presidential campaign needed—and what it didn’t. At the end of March 2016, Trump was in trouble. He had won the most delegates, but not a majority, and many of the Trump delegates, chosen under arcane rules, actually supported other candidates. Trump might still be denied the

By | 2018-08-20T00:16:05+00:00 August 20th, 2018|

When LBJ Warned Us About Southern Republicans (Not Really)

“We have lost the South for a generation,” President Lyndon B. Johnson told an aide after he signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Actually, Johnson didn’t say that. Yet a version of that Johnson quote is taught at almost every college in America. It’s in the minds of Justice Department lawyers as they

By | 2018-08-14T21:54:03+00:00 August 15th, 2018|

Populism: The ‘Extremist’ Vision of Jefferson, Lincoln, and Reagan

At the heart of the current conflict in American politics is the belief among privileged elites that grassroots members of the pro-Trump movement—the “populists”—are ignorant low-lifes, “deplorables” who should stay in their trailer parks and be barred from the halls of power. That perception justifies in their minds actions ranging from boycotts and

By | 2018-08-07T21:23:21+00:00 August 8th, 2018|

The Establishment Hearts China

Communist China is one of the gravest threats this country has ever faced, in large part because many members of the American establishment see China as a partner, a role model, and the wave of the future. They believe that, instead of fighting the Communists, we should work with them and emulate them.

By | 2018-06-30T23:28:48+00:00 July 1st, 2018|

Russia Meddled and Almost Nobody Cared, Until . . .

Political leaders and journalists are deeply concerned about Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Took ’em long enough. The Russians have been meddling in U.S. elections for at least 70 years. In 1948, the Progressive Party—a front for the Soviet-controlled Communist Party—ran former Vice President Henry Wallace (pictured above with actor Edward G. Robinson)

By | 2018-06-20T14:19:51+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|

The Nonsense of Race

The concept of race—the idea that humans can be divided into a few discrete subgroups such as “white,” “black,” “brown,” and “yellow”—may be the most powerful weapon in politics. Race is used by judges to justify gerrymandering, by colleges to exclude people they don’t like, by hucksters to extort money from businesses, by

By | 2018-05-12T09:39:56+00:00 May 12th, 2018|

‘Roseanne’ and the Game of Identity Politics

Margaret Thatcher said, “First you win the argument, then you win the vote.” I wish that were true. Usually, it’s not. People don’t often decide how to vote by weighing carefully the pros and cons of each issue and the qualifications of each candidate. People’s political identities are rooted in their cultural identities

By | 2018-04-26T10:50:48+00:00 April 26th, 2018|