Restoring Ethics to American Democracy

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland (

September 29, 2013

“Politics appears to be the master art for it includes so many others and its purpose is the good of man. While it is worthy to perfect one man, it is finer and more godlike to perfect a nation.” (Aristotle)

In our modern society, politics has become almost synonymous with a lack of ethics.  Yet Aristotle spoke of politics as the highest calling and political engagement as a requirement for a truly ethical life. Join us as we reflect on two critical questions. Does living in a representative democracy create an ethical responsibility to engage in the political sphere? And is there hope for a return of ethics in our current government?

Biographical sketch:
Jennifer Bevan-Dangel is the Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland, having joined the organization in January of 2013. As Executive Director, Jennifer is responsible for implementing the organization’s policy campaigns and building the capacity of the organization.  Jennifer comes to Common Cause with a strong background in advocacy at the state and local levels, having worked for 1000 Friends of Maryland, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and Environment Maryland on a variety of land use and clean water reforms. She holds a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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