Frank Fear: We whiffed on a critical feature of the malaise, that is, the epicenter’s location—major schools—with money, action, and nooks and crannies to hide things. It’s where ‘gamers’ play and get into trouble when avarice, the abdication of core values, and situational ethics prevail.
Frank Fear: Stepping away from a previously important enterprise is complicated, fraught with emotion—not unlike a divorced relationship.
Frank Fear: Researchers, pundits, and the parties frame Independents through the lens of the two-party system. Too often, that framing relegates Independents to an affiliative political status as either “closet” Democrats or Republicans.
Frank Fear: Those on the Left, including many of America’s younger folks, are busy doing what Progressives have always done—organizing, engaging, and pushing for reforms.
Frank Fear: For years, the myth propagated to the public is that football and basketball (the primary revenue-producing sports) pay the bills for non-revenue sports. The reality is quite different. At most public schools, football and basketball also need subsidies to stay in the black.
Frank Fear: They’re tackling a seemingly insoluble matter—reparations for African Americans—and their solution (drum roll, please) is to bear the cost personally.
Frank Fear: Swift and meaningful action would be taken at any college or university if a professor or staff member engaged in that kind of behavior with an undergraduate student. It just isn’t tolerated in higher ed … except, it seems, in big-time college sports.
Frank Fear: There are multiple reasons why football participation is declining, but a risk-related reason stands out—the fear of long-term health consequences from repeated hits to the head.
Frank Fear: ‘Stand Up and Speak Out” happens when people have had enough and are no longer willing to accept the way things are. And it’s why women have marched every year since 2017.
Frank Fear: Some Independents—let’s call them “The Independent Core”—believe that the American political system is too much about the parties and not enough about candidates and issues.
Frank Fear: Today, the nonprofit sector is an industry, more akin to corporate America than to ‘the cause work’ that typified the sector when I started my career in the 1970s. It’s a business today, plain and simple.
Frank Fear: The number and size of mega-gifts have risen so rapidly that the threshold for gifts to be so-classified has moved from $50 million in 2012 to $300 million in 2017.
Frank Fear: Despite uneven results, I continue to believe that our Sisyphus-like work will eventually win-out, that a Progressive America is more of a possibility than a chimera.