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).

How Do We Gauge Human Potential?

January 17, 2018 We know Donald Trump is a racist. The ‘shithole’/’shithouse’ controversy adds nothing to what we have known for some time, and has become a distraction from efforts to provide legal status for DACA/Dreamers. Skillfully or chaotically (we’ll … Continue reading

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Four Things I Admire About Dr. King

On this day of remembrance for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I want to lift up four things I admire about him. He was hopeful.  His message was consistently optimistic.  He had goals and he believed we could achieve them.  … Continue reading

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Voter Suppression in the United States

January 10, 2018 President Trump has dissolved his Voter Fraud Commission.  Usefully, Steve Almond of Cognoscenti makes this call:  It’s Time For Democrats To Investigate Voter Suppression.  He’s right.  too few Americans have a real opportunity to vote.  And that … Continue reading

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A Demagogic Leadership Style

January 8, 2017 From a post by Bob Bauer, on the Lawfare Blog.  An astonishing but straightforward statement about the current president of the United States. Trump displays a demagogic leadership style characterized by the pathological personalization of his office. Of primary … Continue reading

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Trump-Russia Ties Must Be Investigated

Wednesday’s Brunswick Times Record had an opinion piece aimed to cast doubt on Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign andRussian efforts to steer the election towards Trump.  The piece was by Paul Ackerman and … Continue reading

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The Trump Presidency as Covering Fire

December 1, 2017 Can you picture the bit in most war movies and many westerns where someone says, “cover me while I make a break for it,” or “cover me while I get behind them,” or some such.  Always, “cover … Continue reading

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The Corruption of Media Culture

November 29, 2017 In this morning’s NYTimes, Tom Friedman leads off his column with these words In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Trump as a “brain-eating disease.” I did so because his indecent behavior, and nonstop outrageous tweets … Continue reading

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