Quote for the Day

“The past is a different country:  they do things differently there”—L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between.

I came across this in some readings today and it seemed worth noting, given how often we pretend like the past is more like the present than is actually the case.

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. A voice from another precinct says:

    Your comment reminds me of something that one of my co-workers used to say:

    “It’s not like is was in the old days, and it wasn’t like that then, either.”