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).

Marilynne Robinson Calls Out Twaddle

November 17, 2017 In this week’s New York Review of Books, Marilynne Robinson makes a public declaration of her disgust with deconstructionism. Robinson is a 2012 recipient of a National Humanities Medal, and teaches at the University of Iowa Writer’s … Continue reading

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Why Trump Won: Edsall’s Analysis

November 16, 2017 I’ve read dozens and dozens of articles dissecting why Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016,  Many of them made sense.  Many of them were illuminating.  But none has hit me as hard as Thomas Edsall’s column … Continue reading

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James Fallows and Me on ‘Tribal’

November 9, 2017 Back on October 31, James Fallows of The Atlantic published a piece titled The Broken Check and Balance.  The header for it said “It’s up to Congress to police the executive—but so far, its Republican leaders are … Continue reading

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What’s Unfair and Fraudulent in the GOP Tax Proposal

November 6, 2017 A few days ago in We Want Fair, Not Fraudulent Tax Reform, I promised some links to pieces showing the GOP Tax proposal to be unfair and fraudulent.  Here they are — and there may be more. … Continue reading

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We Want Fair, Not Fraudulent, Tax Reform

November 3, 2017 I sat in on a conference call yesterday with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi organized by people for the American Way.  Topic: the Republican tax proposal.  I was grateful for the opportunity, but disappointed in the offering. The … Continue reading

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Do We Need Tax Reform?

Do we need tax reform? If so what should it look like? Why do we need ‘reform’ and what should our goals be in changing the federal tax system? These questions should be uppermost in our minds as we digest … Continue reading

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Remembering and Respecting

September 29, 2017 We are awash these days in controversies about how we show our respect for this nation and its history, and how we show our disagreements with what’s happening or what has happened in the past. Monuments to … Continue reading

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