Advice For American Universities: Winter is Coming
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  • Anthony

    Winter is already here; there isn’t any money…

  • Pedro Marquez

    I’m guessing Game of Thrones writers are not to be included among “addled” Hollywood types?

    In all seriousness though, great post.

  • Rand Millar

    Observing Prof. Nolan McCarty & Cie reprove Congressman Flake recalls Marie Antoinette and her courtiers indignant opposition to Jacques Necker as he sought to bring a measure of sanity to French royal finances in the 1780s.

  • Jim.


    One of these days Mead’s going to make a reference to Song of Fire and Ice that will make a scathing review of that ghastly and nihilistic (yet well-wordsmithed) series and its Evil Norman Rockwell of an author appropriate; however, to quote Jackson’s credible addition to Tolkien’s legendarium, “Today is not that day”.

    That said– what America needs worse than anything right now is a “back to basics” cultual movement, where we figure out what is critical and must be paid for to allow necessary services to function, and what is not.

  • Tom


    I’m not sure if I’d call A Song of Ice and Fire “ghastly and nihilistic” just yet.

    That being said, why on earth was political science research being funded by the National Science Foundation? Political science, at its most mathematically based, is not science in the old sense of the term.

  • Corlyss

    “House of Representatives”

    This is the marginally sane house. It’ll never get thru Dementia Central, aka the Senate. Hardly worth mentioning unless you’re really into teeny weeny signs of revolution peeking out decades in advance.

  • Corlyss

    “Some even believe that Flake’s proposal doesn’t go far enough, and that the government should cease public funding for all social science research.”

    Public funding of anything but hard science research should cease. Now that I think about it, public funding of post high school education should cease too. It’s done little but bloat costs and corrupt the entire collegiate purpose with faux “research” crap. What’s happened to Engish and history as disciplines is little short of criminal.

  • GC

    “Entitlements and interest payments on the national debt are on course to crowd out virtually all discretionary federal spending.”

    Interest payments on the national debt will reach 30% of federal revenues when interest rates return to normal levels. By 2021, interest payments will be the largest single category of federal spending.

    Per The National Debt: A Primer and A Plan
    (Booklocker, 2011).

  • thibaud

    “Political Science” is BS. There’s the study of _government_, or diplomatic history and interstate relations, or political economy or even plain old politics: all valid areas of inquiry that benefit from application of rigorous intellectual frameworks and evaluations of data.

    But none of these is _scientific_ in the way that the empirical sciences are: no opportunity to do controlled experiments, for instance.

    I don’t care much for Tea Party slash-and-burn policies, but the Flake from Arizona’s correct: the National Science Foundation should not be funding studies of politics and other non-scientific areas of inquiry.

  • teapartydoc

    Popper: The Poverty of Historicism. Read this and you wonder why social sciences are even in any curriculum.

  • Political Science involves stiydung the judicial system, and the government of both your own country and of foreign nations as well. I majored in Poli Sci and History and loved it. It was a great jumping off point for me to get into grad school and then to law school. If you are interested in how the world works (economically, politically, socially, etc) than I would recomend this major. You can even gear it towards your particular interest such Women’s roles in the world, the legal system, the political system, international governments, international relations/diplomacy and many other fields. There are also lots of different jobs that a political science degree will offer you. You could work at a state or federal capital, the FBI, CIA, you could become an analyst, go to law school, and many other things. I would call up the school you are planning on attending and ask them about their political science program because it differs fromplace to place. But honestly, majoring in Poli Sci was the best decision I ever made. I have learned so mcuh and have begun working in a field that I love. I wish you the best in college!

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