Following the national elections on November 4th, Professor Jamie Aroosi from the Department of Political Science led a fascinating discussion on November 5th, at our weekly luncheon, to make sense of the election results of the day before and what they meant for the country, its political landscape, and for us.

Professor Aroosi Speaking

During this timely and highly relevant discussion, Professor Aroosi acknowledged that people often try to predict political events and results, but his goal was rather to interpret the circumstances that led to those results, and he framed those comments by using a quote from Karl Marx’s The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.”

Additionally, Professor Aroosi acknowledged that elections can provide insight into the current mindset of American voters, and politicians then try to manipulate that mindset to cater to what people want so that they can reach their goal of winning more votes.

Professor Aroosi presented his thoughtful analysis of the political climate by going beyond simply the raw data in explaining the effects these elections might have on our country.

If you missed the talk and are interested in reading more, here is a condensed version of Professor Aroosi’s talk:¬†Read More


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