Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

Graham Spanier’s Responsibility

July 24, 2014 This week’s New York Times Magazine has a profile of Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State who was dismissed or fired (there are opposing claims about which) as a consequence of the revelations that Jerry … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Baffle”

July 24, 2014 Reading something, I paused recently on the verb “baffle.” In one usage, it means to confuse. In another it means to soften or mute a sound. Assuming they were connected, I wondered which usage came first. Was … Continue reading

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Protests Over Commencement Speakers

May 14, 2014 Christine Lagarde (IMF Chief) has withdrawn as Smith’s commencement speaker, Condoleeza Rice (W’s Secretary of State) has withdrawn as Rutgers’s speaker, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (women’s rights activist and critic of Islam) had her invitation to speak … Continue reading

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Constraints on Leadership: Missions, Roles and Values

April 3, 2014 “We must not suppose that those in authority are unaware …, but we must recognize that their liberty of action is often circumscribed by the nature of their office: the powerful are not necessarily free.” That quotation … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Organized! Or Should We Form a Community?

March 19, 2014 Many people are ambivalent about organizations. We realize that a good deal of what gets done in this world is done in and through organizations, but we also chafe at the ways they hem us in — … Continue reading

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Meanings: Automation

January 21, 2014 XKCD hits the nail on the head (is that a metaphor slated to die soon?) about “automation” this week: It made me wonder how long we have been using the term “automation” — how long we have … Continue reading

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Unwinding

January 2, 2014 “Throughout the meal the two subjects remained the same: the superiority of entrepreneurs and the worthlessness of higher education.” from George Packer, The Unwinding (New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2013), p 397. The conversation being reported … Continue reading

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