Hillary’s Answer to the “Why?” Question

Presidential candidates all have to provide a clear and concise explanation as to why they want to be president.  Faltering on this question can ruin an entire candidacy before it even begins (e.g. Teddy Kennedy).  Hillary Clinton's answer, as it was portrayed in her candidacy announcement yesterday, is an interesting one.  She claims that, "Everyday Americans need a … Continue reading Hillary’s Answer to the “Why?” Question

There Will Be Blood (and Politics)

There Will Be Blood (2007) is by far, my absolute favorite movie.  Of course it has many virtues as far as films go, despite winning far too few Oscars in my non-expert opinion (only 2, including Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis).  Yet what draws me in above all else is its central storyline, the clash of two men's monumental ambitions -- … Continue reading There Will Be Blood (and Politics)

Political Theory vs. Political Science?

For my doctoral dissertation, I am attempting to mix political theory with empirical hypothesis testing.  I do this by first outlining 3 different theories, or 3 different accounts of how the desire for immortality is related to healthy political attitudes.  Of course, I have to explain in my project what exactly I mean by "the … Continue reading Political Theory vs. Political Science?