Overview

This blog site is for “Promoting the General Welfare,” a public policy course at Midcoast Senior College taught by Doug Bennett in fall 2016.

Course Description.  The U.S. Constitution begins “We the People, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

How we draw ourselves into a “We the People,” and how we “promote the general welfare” is largely accomplished through public policy. Public policy lays out what we can expect from one another and from the government as our agent. It also lays certain obligations on us, especially the payment of taxes. This course will be a rapid excursion through some of the most important areas of national public policy today with an eye to these expectations and responsibilities.

Instructor.  Doug Bennett is President Emeritus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He has degrees in Political Science from Haverford College (BA, 1968) and Yale University (MPhil, 1971 and PhD, 1976). He taught political philosophy and public policy at Temple University from 1973 to 1989. From 1989 to 1993 he was Provost at Reed College, from 1994 to 1997 he was Vice President of the American Council of Learned Societies, and from 1997 to 2011 he was Professor of Politics and President at Earlham College.

He can be reached at dougb@earlham.edu.

 

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