Getting It Off Pat

Pat Buchanan will not go away; he is confident that economic nationalism will capture one or both major parties. In fact, he believes the tide has already turned, as demonstrated by the refusal of Congress to grant President Clinton "fast track" a

Issue: Summer 1998

Patrick J. Buchanan, The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1998).

Pat Buchanan will not go away. Even if his planned third run for the presidency should reduce him to Harold Stassen status, he is confident that the economic nationalism he espouses will capture one or both major parties. In fact, he believes that the tide has already turned, as demonstrated by the refusal of Congress to grant President Clinton "fast track" authority to reduce trade barriers. After sixty years of hegemony, the free-trade establishment finally lost an intellectual and political battle, and for him that means "the counter-revolution" has begun.

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