🧵“CRT” is the Bolshevism of contemporary American reactionary populism and conservative authoritarianism: the “threat” that justifies suspending the normal rules and that – if everything falls into place – brings otherwise reluctant centrist and center-right voters along.
After @CooleyOnEurasia and my @ForeignAffairs article on the global crisis of liberalism came out, we got a very long, sincere email (to which I still haven’t replied) basically saying ‘Trump was bad and I didn’t like 1/6, but you miss the REAL totalitarian threat: CRT.”
Feb 7 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
<IR theory 🧵> It *seems* like I'm encountering a growing number of IR theory ms. that make... odd claims about how interlocutors handle agent-structure issues. "X is structurally determinist." "Y ignores structural forces." That sort of thing.
In many cases, the root problem seems to be that the ms. doesn't quite get that their target is using a particular methodological and/or analytical approach to grappling with the agent-structure problem.
Jul 3, 2021 • 32 tweets • 5 min read
This is a ++ important piece by @profmusgrave. He focuses on the big examples of how the use (clash of civilizations) or misuse (democratic peace theory) of political-science ideas have shaped bad policy. But that’s only one part of the problem. foreignpolicy.com/2021/07/03/pol…
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.