Frank Fear

frank-fearFrank A. Fear is professor emeritus, Michigan State University, where he served as a faculty member for thirty-year years and worked in various administrative positions for nearly twenty years. Find him on Twitter @frankfear and on Tumblr, “For the Public Good,” at http://frankfearblog.tumblr.com/ Frank also writes about issues that intersect sport and society. You can read him at The Sports Column at http://www.thesportscol.com/category/frank-fear/

Rudy G and Malcolm X—A Connection

Rudy Giuliani Racist

Frank Fear: Two public figures—Rudy Giuliani and Malcolm X, different in fundamental ways—share something in common. Each voice exemplifies a prominent political discourse in America—one conservative, the other progressive.

Calling Fox Noise to Account

Fox Noise

Frank Fear: Many of us neither have the time nor the inclination to do that. We’re too busy, too involved in other things to make sure. So what’s passed on to us by others often passes as true—whether or not it is.

No Vindication in Penn State Tragedy

Jerry Sandusky Penn State

Frank Fear: The NCAA-Penn State settlement needs to be a wake-up call for change—big, meaningful change. But what are the odds of that happening, especially in the near future? It’s zero.

A Holiday Gift from Pope Francis

Pope Francis Visits America

Frank Fear: Francis doesn’t like how the Church is doing business. He’s a Progressive, not a company man. He expects the Church, as an institution, to practice what it preaches. He wants Sunday morning rhetoric to carry through the week.

Trusting Government Like It’s 1964

Trusting Government

Frank Fear: Over a half-century ago about 75% of Americans said they trusted government “always or most of the time.” The number stood at 24% earlier this year—a 50% drop in 50 years.

“Exceptional” — Really?

Fighting American Exceptionalism

Frank Fear: Exceptionalism has no place in Progressive vocabulary or practice. Leadership, Progressive-style, can’t tolerate it. Progress starts by taking an honest look in the mirror, seeing warts and all, and then working to get better—for the public good.

Game Plan for Pro Sports Reform

Pro Sports Reform

Frank Fear: The first step is for league authorities and team owners—in all professional leagues—to make social responsibility a priority.

Game Plan for College Sports Reform

College Sports Reform

Frank Fear: How about taking a page out of history? Let’s do in 2014 what happened in 1905: leaders take stock and make adjustments “for the good of the game” and—more importantly—for the good of American higher education.

Big-Time College Sports Out of Control?

Big-Time College Sports

Frank Fear: Underlying questions—rarely answered, let alone raised–include: How do big-time athletic programs square with the fundamental purpose of higher education?