Richard D. Baris is the editor and senior political analyst at People's Pundit Daily, the most accurate election projection news site on the Internet. He is also a syndicated columnist and veteran of the U.S. Army.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in working class neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey. I think it is fair to say that this background followed me throughout academia. I have a tendency to throw in a raw, real-world statement in the middle of an otherwise attempt to be scholastic and credible. However, I always found clear-cut academics to be brutally boring. While I respect the burden of proving an argument, the evidence must be conveyed in a language that makes sense to anyone. I am often criticized for either not being professional enough, or being to difficult for my own father. That probably means I am right where I want to be to convey the truth.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about human relationships, and their impact on politics. American political history, at its core, tells a story about the natural power of close, intimate human relationships. We have been far too superficial in our attempts to weigh the impact of government on these human relationships. As a result, we have overshadowed the true danger posed to Americans from big government; its strong, innate ability to destroy the human connection, which is threatening to “fundamentally transform” American citizens into a people that the Constitution was never designed to govern. There is no better story to tell, and never a better time to tell it.
America was founded as a republic, a collective nation of tightly knit families and autonomous communities, who relied upon each other to fulfill their needs and achieve their dreams. As never before, Baris provides a comprehensive explanation to how and why our nation – once held together only by an empowering national identity – has now become increasingly dependent on a centralized government.