Front Door

Welcome to Political Design. You can choose from two lists [below]. One—under the rubric PLAIN TALK—leads to a series of posts critiquing the design offered by the Republican Party in the United States. The second opens to a miscellany of posts around the theme “political issues from the vantage of design,” reflecting my sense of the importance of design and negotiated plans in the conduct of political life. Additionally, you can consult the index of the nascent Journal of Political Design, my vehicle for longer notes and studies presented in the format of journal articles.

PLAIN TALK just a click away

Second is a list of all posts, by recence:


I’m Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where I’ve taught since 1965. Fall 2007 courses: “War” and “Security, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation.” I’m also Convenor of the Global Collaborative on Denuclearization Design. For more, see résumé at

Anyone may comment on a post. Comments may be moderated, in accordance with usual expectation that comment be germane and civil.

I’ve just moved this blog to WordPress and am only beginning to become comfortable with unfamiliar commands and procedures. If something looks awry, or a link doesn’t work, please be patient. But in reading earlier posts please be careful to discern by context what are my comments and what is quoted (refer to original sources in the NOTES if in doubt). As I tidy up the move to WordPress I’ll render all quotes unmistakably.

This is not my ‘rant blog’, though you may think it so after reading my assessments of the GOP. For real rants, try . Like this blog, it’s being moved, and it hasn’t been tidied up at all. With time. And there’s a third, for those interested in denuclearization design, being begun:

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