Two Random Thoughts on Political Science

I juxtapose these two contemporaneous comments just for the heck of it:

Generally speaking, one may wonder whether the new political science has brought to light anything of political importance which intelligent practitioners with a deep knowledge of history, nay, intelligent and educated journalists, to say nothing of the old political science at its best, did not know at least as well beforehand.

—Leo Strauss, 1963.

I majored in Government at Harvard and never learned anything which helped me in practical political situations or in overseas travel thereafter.  How can universities answer this problem?

—Robert F. Kennedy, to Mac Bundy, December 1963