Tuesday Morning Linkage

by on 2012-11-06 in Duck- 4 Comments

  • US citizens who haven’t voted early should exercise axiological rationality and cast their ballots. If you live in Maryland, please consider voting “yes” on Question 6.
  • John Sides takes umbrage at Michael Gerson’s attacks on political science. If you squint hard enough at Gerson’s arguments then his criticisms of qualitative-content analysis might make sense. Regardless, it seems to me that Gerson has it backwards: more mathematical and statistical literacy would likely reduce (not increase) the amount of vacuous horse-race prognostication and therefore enhance media coverage of substance.
  • Outside the Beltway has a nice prediction thread that also rounds up peer-blogger guesses.
  • My partner is out of the country, and my daughter can’t stay up super late, so I‘ll probably be on twitter tonight.

And, of course, since the US election isn’t the only thing going on:

  • Justin Gengler has, as always, interesting things to say about the state of political contention in the Gulf. See also Marc Lynch.
  • Anthony Elghossain has a guest post at Democracy Arsenal on political instability and assassinations in Lebanon.
  • Jeremy Weate writes “a Polemic Against NGOs and the Destruction of Local Innovation.”
  • Pablo at The Disorder of Things discusses “female terrain systems: engagement officers, militarism, and lady flows.”
  • William Shatner discusses the Shatoetry app with Leigh Alexander.
  • David Herter has rereleased October Dark. I haven’t read it, but our readers Should. Go. Read. Ceres Storm. Now. I’ll publish the podcast interview with David sometime in the next few months at the New Books Network.
  • Speaking of which, much positive feedback on the Alastair Reynolds interview, which includes a fair amount of political science-type stuff. Go listen.
  • LFC (whom I didn’t get to talk to ISA-NE) says that Michael Mann has published the third volume of the Sources of Social Power. Amazon confirms. I think this must be a hoax.

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  • LFC - 2012-11-06

    “I think this must be a hoax.”

    I’m not sure I get the joke (btw, I got the info on Michael Mann from N.Lees’s blog [Chaos and Governance], and he in turn got it from Kieran Healey.) I must confess I haven’t read Mann (though I have read some of the other contenders for the greatest-macro-sociologist-of-the-last-part-of-the-20th-century crown).

  • dnexon - 2012-11-06

    For some time the consensus was that he would never write Volume 3.

  • LFC - 2012-11-06

    Ah I see. Thks.

  • Jeppe Mulich - 2012-11-06

    I can’t wrap my head around the fact that The Sources of Social Power might actually be finished. Just baffling.

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