Welcome to the inaugural post of the “Information Knoll” blog. The objectives of this blog are as follows:
- To provide commentary and analysis on U.S., Kentucky, and Boyle county politics from the perspective of a political science professor at a small liberal arts college.
- To share information about my current research projects and any insights they might provide to help understand contemporary American politics.
- To provide an educational resource for my intrepid Government students, as well as the entire Centre community.
- To provide a personal alternative venue for publishing blog posts of a political nature. My extended family gets on my case whenever I publish blog posts on our family blog that don’t somewhere include pictures of my daughter! :-)
It is imporant to note that, as all psychologists and post-modern theorists are well aware, no one can be completely “objective” in his or her perspectives and attitudes. While I will endeavor herein to maintain academic objectivity, it is possible that my own personal views might slip in once in a while. In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit my ideological biases up front: I’m a strong liberal on economic policy. I tend to be conservative on a smattering of social issues, but liberal on others (such as immigration and racial policies). I also tend to a left-leaning moderate on foreign policy, depending on the issue. All in all, I am a fairly dependable Democrat and vote accordingly, although I will admit to having voted for a Republican once upon a time in a U.S. Senate race in Utah and in a state Secretary of Agriculture race in Iowa.
Also, my general policy on leaving comments is that I will be restricting comments to my students and those from the Centre College community and local area. However is anyone else has something productive and constructive to say, I will certainly consider allowing them to be posted.
Finally, the title of the blog is a very poor pun on the phonetic pronunciation of the word “informational”. Hopefully, readers will find Information Knoll to be at least marginally ”informational”…