We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Social science was — it is best to speak in the past tense — a mistake. The dream of a comprehensive science of society, which would elucidate “laws of history” or “social laws” comparable to the physical determinants or “laws” of nature, was one of the great delusions of the 19th century. Auguste Comte formulated a Religion of Humanity based on “the positive philosophy” or Positivism. Karl Marx went to his grave convinced that his discovery of laws of history had made him the Darwin or Newton of social science.
Positivism mercifully had little political influence, except in 19th-century Brazil, to which it contributed the national motto “Order and Progress.” In the 20th century Marxism split between a revisionist branch which became indistinguishable from welfare-state capitalism and communist totalitarianism, which survives in pure form today only in North Korea, and from the devastating effects of which Russia, China, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Vietnam and other countries are slowly recovering.
By the mid-20th century, the utopian fervor that had inspired earlier attempts at comprehensive sciences of society had burned out...
The small town that had been blessed with a sociologist's book on the town responded in an appropriate manner. In the July 4th parade, it put an effigy of the esteemed sociologist atop a manure spreader.
When I was looking at college majors, I also thought about psychology, sociology and economics as majors but thinking about the impact those were having on people convinced me of the futility of those careers. I did not see Psyc. majors becoming better people for all their studies. And Soc. majors and Poli. Sci. were no better at predicting behavior or governing for all their studies. And Econ. majors were no richer for understanding the economy. I finally settled on Earth Science as a more predictable field.
Social "sciences" in this country were a creation of the census bureau as a way to have job security between population counts. Now it has become an industry which provides a revolving door for people to pass from high level academic jobs to gov jobs and back again. Plus there are all those taxpayer funded census bureau surveys which collect personal data and then provide that data along with federal funding to "analyze" that data.