my lack of posting can be attributed to the following...
note to readers: FEEL FREE TO HELP ME WITH MY BLEEDIN' HOMEWORK. surely, you dont want me to fail at life.
1. an essay on frankfurt school critical theory and its role in
international relations theory as a challenge to the dominant
neorealist/neoliberal schools. firstly, it challenges the notion that
political theory can be objective/scientific/value-neutral - york
universitys robert cox gets the ball rolling by alluding to marcuse's
one-dimensional man with his declaration that "theory is always for
someone and some purpose" (something that isnt all that new to you or
anyone who has worked in a think tank). moreover, the focus on
states as primary actors and reception of trade arrangements as
inherently benign clouds such issues as economic/cultural justice,
recognition of cultural differences within states, the role of
dialogue in conflict, industrialization/dependency in the 3rd world
and the nature of national citizenship given all these things we have
to address on a global or regional level. so basically it proceeds
from marx's assertion in the theses on feuerbach that 'the point of
social inquiry is not to interpret the world, but change it' -
revisionist marxist ir theory is optimistic and hidden agenda-free.
2. an essay on the third treatise of nietzsche's geneaology of morals
(ascetic idealism) using palahniuk's fight club or thomas mann's death
3. an essay on depictions of the soviet bureaucracy in bulgakov's the
master and margarita - so inept and corrupt that the devil himself
feels the need to intervene on behalf of muscovites.
4. an essay on machiavelli, augustine, or hobbes that is due dec 2
that i havent even bloody started researching that is fortunately only
5 pages long.
5. a public policy essay. i believe the question is "which policy
instruments were used to address the issue" and i believe my "the
issue" will be fundamental rights (or equalization?) and the necessity
of constitutional reform as a policy instrument. or maybe my prof
will get annoyed cos this isnt 'on the list' and ill do same-sex
marriage and marijuana like everyone else.
obviously, ir theory is my favourite class.
so until these disasterous attempts at serious research have resulted
in 10-15 double spaced pages of typo-free drivel, blogging will be