The book on Bennett

Bill Bennet's gambling problem
Should we judge Bill Bennett for being an obsessive gambler, for losing over $1 million in a two-month period and $8 million over ten years? He wouldn’t have it any other way. In his 1998 bestseller, The Death of Outrage, Bennett bemoaned the wretched moral state of our nation, and said part of the problem is that we’re afraid to judge people on moral issues. “We live in an era when it has become unfashionable to make judgments on a whole range of consequential behaviors and attitudes.” He called for a revival of judgmentalism. “If to make judgments of better and worse, good and bad, fit and unfit, sound and unsound, competent and incompetent is to be judgmental,” he wrote, “then there is a need to be judgmental and no need to apologize for it. . . . For a free people, the ordeal of judgment cannot be shirked. To try to shirk it is to avoid responsibility.”


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