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).

Why Brett Kavanaugh Should Not Be Confirmed

I am inclined to believe Christine Blasey Ford’s account and I have serious doubts about Brett Kavanaugh’s denial of what took place between them in 1982. The two accounts are in stark opposition to one another, but, for me, there … Continue reading

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A Government of Laws, Not of Men

June 7, 2018 I had an opinion piece in yesterday’s Brunswick Times Record.  It concerns Trump’s claim that he could pardon himself — or rather with unsatisfactory reactions to that claim. “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I … Continue reading

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The Education-Jobs Connection

June 5, 2018 Timothy Taylor of the consistently informative Conversable Economist blog provides a useful summary of and commentary on the connection — the not very healthy current connection — between our education system (K-16) and the labor market.  Mostly … Continue reading

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George Mason University & the Kochs

May 1, 2018 I’ll get to George Johnson in a minute. First, my hat is off today for Samantha Parsons, a former George Mason University student whose Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have brought into the light of day … Continue reading

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Pompeo and Haspel – Deeper Into Madness

April 30, 2018 I have a column in today’s Brunswick Times Record.  It was sparked by Angus King’s “Aye” on the close vote that confirmed Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.   Deeper Into Madness Guest Column      2018-04-30 / Opinion … Continue reading

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Randa Jarrar and Academic Freedom

April 20, 2018 Randa Jarrar doesn’t seem to understand academic freedom, and I don’t think officials at Fresno State University, where she has a tenured appointment, do either. I say ‘seems’ because I’m finding it difficult to locate thoughtful statements … Continue reading

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Susan Collins’s Ever-So Pleasant World

I had a column in yesterday’s Brunswick Times Record about the (to me) strange silence of our Senior Senator while our republic continues its plunge into constitutional crisis.   Here’s the text: I wish I lived in Susan Collins’s world. It’s … Continue reading

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