Kyle Scott, PhD, teaches American politics and constitutional law at Duke University. He has published three books and dozens of articles on issues ranging from political parties to Plato. His commentary on contemporary politics has appeared in Forbes, Reuters.com, Christian Science Monitor, Foxnews.com, and dozens of local outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book dealt with the American legal system. My motivation was to try and set the record straight about the dangers of leaving the common law system for a system in which judges are given the power of legislators.
What books have influenced your life the most?
Plato’s Republic, Locke’s Second Treatise, Kerouac’s On the Road, and Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.
What are your current projects?
After finishing Federalist Papers: A Reader’s Guide my attention has turned to the virtue of humility and the role it serves in helping reconcile differences and allowing people to live a more fulfilled life.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. It just came out and I’ve be happy with the feedback.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Anytime someone criticizes my writing style it’s tough since that is the most difficult thing to change, plus it’s rather subjective so changing it would turn other people off. It’s almost an impossible criticism to address and avoid.
What has been the best compliment?
That I look at problems from a different angle and offer fresh solutions to political problems.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Read good work and don’t stop writing. Also, don’t go for perfect, it doesn’t exist, it will only prevent you from sending stuff out.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Discipline. I work hard and consistently and don’t take much down time.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I don’t take much down time.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
If we look to the Federalist Papers we’ll find an answer for how to overcome our current political divisiveness.