I've now got most of chapter four. I identified four recurring issues (there may be more) from memory and assembled a fairly comprehensive analysis of these issues. I will add references to the analyzed works as I revisit them in writing up the analyses. I also moved one discussion from chapter one to chapter four; the issue of jobs seems to be a way that conservatives generally appeal to authoritarian populists and is a major issue for the authoritarian populists themselves. There are now 133 pages, not counting references.
I have now completed, sort of, anyway, chapter 3, the methods chapter. This means, I hope, that the worst is behind me. What remains will be all new material, based on the analyses I have performed. Chapter 4 will cover the recurring issues that cropped up again and again in my analyses. Chapters 5-11 will cover the analyses themselves. Finally, chapter 12 is the conclusion. All this needs to be done by some time in August.
Two chapters, totalling over 100 pages, not counting 24 pages in references, are now written. I had a pretty good roll this weekend, but I have to admit, I'm not feeling like book authorship is for me.
Mark Twain is credited with saying, "There are lies, damned lies and statistics."1 He's not wrong: Quantitative data cannot help but be superficial and what it can obscure can easily amount to deception.
But I'm tempted to add economists to his list.
I clearly have more thinking to do about issues I touched upon in a recent blog post, in which I sought to highlight a discrepancy between how 'truths' in social constructions of race and gender were being applied in the cases of Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender woman, and Rachel Dolezal, a white who has been passing as Black.
Update, October 22, 2016: I traveled to the UC Santa Cruz library yesterday and found that their policies on public access to their "articles and databases" is no longer quite so generous. It is still generous. I was still able to get what I needed by using one of their publicly available computers where they inform you on the login screen that you may use "library" and "library" as username and password respectively. But it can no longer be done via their open access wireless network.
A couple items today seem to me revealing about the nature of ruling elites, that is, those I call functionalist conservatives. First, Saudi Arabia announced that its King would not be attending some meetings in the U.S.
I have mostly paused writing my dissertation while I read two books that cover, among other things, the rise of neoconservatism. I'd initially intended to write brief descriptions of each of the conservative tendencies in the introduction, but these descriptions are proving to be not so brief. I wanted to read these books before I went in depth on neoconservatism.
There is a story I want to tell that I cannot include in my dissertation because even though it is profoundly relevant, it is not covered by the methodology in the proposal that was accepted. I suppose I could appeal for a modification, and such an appeal would likely be accepted: It involves my memory of people whose names I do not know and could not likely be identified from the details I remember. But even setting the story on a page looks odd. It really doesn't seem to fit.
I finally moved my unemployment calculations page from the old wiki to the new wiki and found another advantage to dokuwiki: Uploading media, such as the gnumeric spreadsheet itself and the charts that accompany that page, is a lot faster. Instead of having to do six separate uploads for each individual file as with mediawiki, dokuwiki allows me to upload multiple files. Considering that working on this page often feels like a futile distraction, that's useful.