Despite our decent work, individuals still use a democracy and democracy squared in their models for repression under the now mistaken belief (myth?) that the relationship is what is referred as an "inverted u". Here, it is argued that repression is low in full autocracies and full democracies but that there is "more murder in the middle." Catchy phrase but inaccurate.
This raised an interesting question: How does one change a habit in the social sciences? I was of the now mistaken belief that it was most important to pursue the best and most accurate answer. My most cynical side also believed that it was important to do this in one of the most important journals in political science. This does not appear to be the case. What is also important is to establish new habits as well.
Where do cannons come from? Kuhn is turning in his grave.