Culture Research for Political Scientists

*Tacitus’s writings are known for their dense prose that seldom glosses the facts. He writes with brevity of description rather than embellishment (Wikipedia). If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a picture on Culture Research for Political Scientists….considering something Tacitus might say. ******** ** Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (/ˈtæsɨtəs/; Classical Latin: [ˈtakɪtʊs]; c. AD 56 –…

Perception’s not Reality

Riker (a famous political scientist) once said that political science was dismal science, simply because you could not trust perception in the social world the same way “the real scientists” could reveal the laws of physical science. People can change their minds. Like, while “real scientists” can tell you the distance to the moon as well as the gravity there for the average Joe; political…

Freedom starts with Free, actually.

Ron Paul, in his Farewell Address from the U.S. House of Representatives, 2012, said: American now suffers from a culture of violence. It’s easy to reject the initiation of violence against one’s neighbor but it’s ironic that the people arbitrarily and freely anoint government officials with monopoly power to initiate violence against the American people—practically…

Liberal Freedom Means No Republicanism?

This post is an “Interlude,” which means I am just musing. This post pontificates upon the recent Supreme Court ruling to axe part of the Voting Rights Act. Like, in my dissertation, I examine the political languages of authoritarianism, liberalism, and republicanism–and then discover if the languages are empirically present in America as a response to…

Me as Republican Candidate: Part I

Born of evangelical, Republican parents, I was raised in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In 1995, I went to James Madison College, inside of Michigan State—Go Green. My major, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, made me more curious about American government. I voted for Dole in 1996 and W. Bush in 2000 (and for McCain in the…