Dan Drezner is basically my favorite person ever
His imagined conversation with IR PhD students:
Ph.D. ADVISOR: I think you should stop reading Wendt [or insert other trendy academic name here]. I don’t like the way his arguments are shaping your argument.
Ph.D. STUDENT: But you don’t understand!! I love him – as much as love can be socially constructed!! He’s let me see the world in a whole new way. He’s the key to everything!!!
Ph.D. ADVISOR: You’re writing a dissertation on cooperation among transnational criminal groups – I just don’t think his argument works here.
PH.D. STUDENT: How would you know which arguments work and which ones don’t?! When was the last time you read someone who moved you – the Stone Age?! I bet you’ve never read a piece of constructivist scholarship in your life. You don’t understand me at all!!!!!
Ph.D. ADVISOR: Calm down – I just think you might be better off if you read other people is all. This is just an intellectual crush. It will pass.
Ph.D. STUDENT!!! No!! Never!! I’ve never read anyone else who can speak to my topic like him. Wendt and I will stay together forever!!