Paper for Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2014

For those of you going to the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago this weekend; here’s what I am presenting (with Jeff Grynaviski): Title: The Senate and American Federalism Revisited: The Doctrine of Instruction before the Civil War  Abstract: The Constitution of 1787 gave state governments two functions that many in the Founding Generation believed…

Ukraine: Facts and Disinformation

I’m reading Disinformation by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa–well, that was his title when he was head of the Romanian Secret Police behind the Iron Curtain. Now he’s an American, and in protective custody. His first book, Red Horizons, is believed to have been instrumental in the defeat of the Soviet Union. Really, Time magazine showed…

A Response to NRSC (Republicans) Contribution Request

As you know, if I had to run for office, I would run as a Republican. This is because I affiliate with the general structure that comes with the “compassionate conservative” connotations, over other ideologies (I.e., progressive, libertarian, neo-liberal).  As I am becoming a PhD in American Politics, however, I constantly see conundrums between me as a Republican…

“Course Pack” for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Course

If I were Teaching a Course on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, I would use the open resources on this blog for “supplemental reading.” An integrated study of philosophy, politics, and economics is often complex, and my posts are designed to breakdown conceptualizations in the literature for the benefit of the reader. Today, a great river divides the mountains of…