I really should qualify the aphorism listed on the top right hand corner of The Polity. I do not mean that political philosophy is a spurious endeavor. I think political philosophy is one of the most important but neglected areas of philosophy, for those in political science tend to be focused on either political science qua science, and those in political theory are too divorced from their philosophical brethren to be of much use.
The pursuit of knowledge is worthy of praise, and likewise, the pursuit of dominance and ambition in the affairs of government is worthy of contempt. This is primarily what the aphorism is meant to illustrate, namely that the practical application of politics is fraught with moral difficulties.
I’m a thoroughly skeptical hippo in regards to statecraft and the affairs of government.