When Prof-ecy Fails

Chris Lawrence discusses his fall teaching schedule and notes,

I get to teach one class that says “democracy sucks, and Ken Arrow proved it” and another that says “it’s really important for everyone to have the right to vote, because that’s what makes democracy work.” Woe betide anyone trying to take both classes at once; the cognitive dissonance would be painful.

Indeed! Only PhD’s should attempt to walk around with entirely inconsistent thoughts rolling around their head.

James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. And hence we now know why professor are often seen muttering to themselves…