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).

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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Guns and White Male Privilege

‘White Male Privilege’ and Other Themes of Gun Culture is the title of a recent post by James Fallows on his blog for The Atlantic.  He has been writing quite a number of pieces about guns in the U.S. featuring not only … Continue reading

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Repeal the Second Amendment

February 24, 2018 Bret Stephens has this one right: Repeal the Second Amendment. Americans who claim to be outraged by gun crimes should want to do something more than tinker at the margins of a legal regime that most of … Continue reading

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Leverage

February 20, 2018 So many stories this past week; it’s been another dizzying week trying to stay well informed: the Parkland (FL) school shootings, the Mueller indictment of Russian agents for meddling in the 2016 election, Ronan Farrow’s account of … Continue reading

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More on Fascism

February 12, 2018 One of my favorite correspondents — OK, my son Tommy — adds depth and corrective about fascism.  He writes: On this topic, I find Robert Paxton’s slim (~220p) The Anatomy of Fascism to be extremely helpful. Paxton is a … Continue reading

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What Is Fascism? Has It Bloomed in the U.S.?

February 7, 2018 Over the past few days, James Fallows has been musing about “the challenge of calling the Trump era by its proper name.”  He is especially wrestling with whether “fascism” is the proper term as, he notes, Dutch … Continue reading

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