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).

John Lewis: Portrait in Courage, Honesty and Hope

“To those who have said, ‘Be patient and wait,’ we have long said that we cannot be patient,” he told the crowd. “We do not want our freedom gradually, but we want to be free now! We are tired. We … Continue reading

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Ralph Caplan

Here’s the lede: “Ralph Caplan was the E.B. White of design writing. He disliked windy sentences and pompous clichés and was always ready to poke fun at orthodoxies. He said he wasn’t sure he saw the point of a chair, since … Continue reading

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Meanings: Cynicism

“Everybody is cynical and few people are changing their minds. That’s the takeaway from the House’s impeachment hearings.”  That’s the opening sentence in a piece by Maggie Koerth on Five Thirty-Eight this morning. But what is a “cynic,” and what does … Continue reading

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Honesty, Decency, Fairness and Democracy: a Platform

July 9, 2019 The race for the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2020 elections has begun to heat up.  We have two dozen (!) declared candidates and already a first round of debates.  The coverage of these candidates, including the … Continue reading

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Trump’s End Game

I haven’t written anything for quite a long stretch about our national crisis. To my mind, there hasn’t been much to say. Trump continues to show daily why he is completely unfit to be President. He does terrible things, and … Continue reading

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