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Speaking of online course prep, I was interviewed by Dan Nexon's research assistant this week for Dan's course prep. He is seeking to build a bank of interviews as a public good. I was asked about NATO, civ-mil relations, and the IR of ethnic conflict. I downloaded much of what I knew, with the interview lasting more than twice as long as expected. Because, yes, I can talk, and I haven't been doing much of that this summer except to myself, our cat, and Mrs. Spew. I am trying to do something more modest but similar--arranging interviews with a few scholars to ask them why they chose their particular approach and the obstacles they faced. This is for the midpoint of my IR theory class as a change of pace and to provide alternative perspectives.
I haven't blogged about the assault on the postal service, but here's my basic take:
- Trump and his folks moved too soon. Democrats in and out of office have plenty of time to adjust: by negotiating pacts with Republican secretaries of state, like the one in Kentucky, to have more early voting, more ways to vote; by mobilizing people to be poll workers so that there are more places to vote; by suing; by figuring out work arounds, and so on.
- This move may cost more GOP votes than Dems. How so? Because lots of folks rely on the postal service for more than just voting, including medicines and checks. Oh, and during a pandemic, the mail matters even more. While I fully expect the popularity of the USPS to go down because Trump is politicizing it, it starts at 91%. No government institution in the US is as popular.
- The media is not even-handing, false equivalencing this. I don't know how Fox is handling it, but the rest of the media has found this to be appalling.
- And, yes, this is about as impeachable as it gets. Abuse of power to stay in office, much more obviously so and much more destructively so than the crimes Nixon committed to stay in office.
To end this on a positive note, yes, I will be baking some more (and I still have two Nigella chocolate chip cookie dough pots stashed in the freezer for when I really need them). The CDSN has its annual meeting with the Directors and with the Advisory Board, so it will be good to see those folks and get their take on how we are doing. More on that next week. While I lose track of the days, I am not losing track of what we have done thus far nor what we will be doing in the years ahead. I am very grateful for all of the folks who have given so much of their time, their creativity, and their insights.