Consciousness and Congress; Policy Networks and Entrepreneurship: January reading and reflections

Should an academic write non-academically? I’ve gotten both of these pieces of advice in my first semester of graduate school: Don’t have a blog. When you look for academic jobs, people will wonder why you wasted your time writing a blog instead of publishing papers. Have a blog. Writing publicly is the only way to sharpen …

Finished!

After three months a handful of stops and starts, I've finally finished Sean Wilentz's The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. It is a beast - a beast - of a book, and I'm quite proud of myself for getting through it, however well-written it is.My dad always says that when you study something …

On Sarah Palin

"The question should be whether McCain—and all the other Republicans who have been going on for months about Obama's dangerous lack of foreign policy experience—ever meant a word of it. And the answer is apparently not."-www.Slate.com (see article)

Posting this may be illegal

But maybe The Economist will give me a pass since I'm such a big fan. Below, the latest from the magazine on Ecuador's constitutional politics.-------------------The good life Jul 31st 2008 | QUITOFrom The Economist print editionFor the president and for lawyers Correa dictates his socialist credoIF ONLY size, novelty and good intentions were everything when …

Ecuador v. Chevron, Part II

A couple links my parents found on the lawsuit between Ecuador's Amazon tribes and Chevron. First, a 2003 press release from Chevron; second, the transcript of a Democracy Now radio show that discusses Chevron's actions in Myanmar, Ecuador and DC.When I studied abroad at St. Andrews, I took an International Political Economy course with Ben …

Ecuador v. Chevron

So far I know next to nothing about the current lawsuit between Ecuador and Chevron-Texaco. Can anybody give me some solid background on it?