I’ve seen nearly a dozen highly-praised but, in truth, “adequate” threads on the D&I attack on QI. This reply to @ProfPaulPoast comes the closest to understanding what D&I are actually about.
D&I misfire by trying to excavate a coherent core to realism + right-libertarian.

There is no core.

Realist-libertarianism exists largely because of the idiosyncratic intellectual interests of billionaires.
Instead, D&I should have argued that when you throw realism and right-libertarianism into a blender you get a result that many realists & all progressives should be uncomfortable with; said realists and progressives should think hard if they want to forward that project.
Of course, to do that effectively would require a more nuanced treatment of libertarian international thought, e.g. the difference between sovereigntist and neoliberal-internationalist flavors.
(I honestly don’t know which better approximates the Koch project)
The question of Koch-backed institutions and organizations promoting authoritarianism – and it’s not just a US issue theguardian.com/world/2017/jul… – is subtext to the D&I argument.
There are, of course, missing steps in the argument, e.g., that U.S. forward deployments and related security infrastructure is necessary to shape a more left-liberal or progressive order. But it’s not like they (and others, e.g., @CarlaNorrlof) haven’t made these claims before.
I have a long-gestating blogpost about this; maybe I’ll finish it. It’s too long and not that great, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Regardless, the debate on Twitter is about 30 degrees off, but that’s D&I’s fault as much as anyone’s.

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Since I've been quite critical of Dan and John, I guess the tl;dr is that I just don't care much for the terms of debate.

So, anyway, this is a thread about some things that bug me about Shidore's reply to D&I.
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The rise of digital media greatly expanded both the opportunities and possible styles of public-facing scholarship. For most of the 2000s, the field was, at best, ambivalent about this.
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