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Excellent. However, as a political theorist, one needs to be open to the possibility that, as Calvin Coolidge said, "there is no progress beyond the Constitution of the United States," that the experiments in postconstitutional or global governance have been not just failures, but failed attempts to regress from the democratic nation-state. I note that Trump's policy views bear a greater resemblance to Coolidge than do those of any Republican candidate since).

Schliesser, Eric

Yes, Coolidge and you may be right. But technological and ecological/demographic pressures will force democratic nation-states to develop plenty of novelties, which may lead to new forms of constitutional orders.

Derek Bowman

Yes, but it's not a great time to pursue a career as a political philosopher or (perhaps especially) a political theorist. If the accounts I've heard from my (U.S.) colleagues are any indication, political theory jobs are pretty scarce as a subset of jobs in political science, and of course most (U.S.) philosophy departments won't look seriously at candidates without philosophy PhDs.

Schliesser, Eric

I am happy to distinguish between practicing political philosophy and pursuing an academic career in it.

Ajey Pandey

As a undergrad 1st year (pursuing a philosophy minor) watching the world explode in ever-increasing horror, what could I do to prepare further as a part-time political philosopher?

Thank you,

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