Frank Fear: Over time, the Democratic mainstream has become more neoliberal and less progressive. Bill Clinton showed the way. Many Dems followed willingly and, since then, they’ve “kept the party going.”
Frank Fear: Players in this neo-plantation system participate without compensation. They play at risk. The majority are African Americans—a good share of whom might not be in college if it were not for sports, and who probably wouldn’t be matriculating “on scholarship” without sports.
Frank Fear: Nike has what Adidas and Under Armour do not—a face. The public has no idea who runs either of Nike’s major competitors. Not so with Nike. Phil Knight is the face of the franchise.
Frank Fear: For a very long time, endowment activity took place without much notice. Administrators would publish annual results, including reporting overall return and offering an investment breakout by category. Today that’s simply not enough.
Frank Fear: An open question is whether ESPN’s handling of the Hill situation will make it more difficult for companies to impose sanctions when employees speak out politically.
Frank Fear: Institutions have much to lose when things go array. And that conclusion isn’t lost on university administrators as they evaluate how to proceed in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy.
Frank Fear: How many American can relate to Obama or Reagan, Eisenhower or Lincoln? Not many. But how many can relate to Trump? A whole bunch.
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of this land will reach their heart’s content at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
Frank Fear: Harboring negative racial views about blacks was the single strongest predictor (italics added) of white opposition to paying athletes—more important than age, education level, political situation, sports fandom, or even if respondents had played college sports themselves.
Frank Fear: Let’s face it: America’s decline didn’t happen overnight. A Progressive America—with an agenda that enabled social progress—spanned a good share of the 20th Century, from FDR to LBJ. But that was then. Today is different.
Frank Fear: Be aware of eternity politicians Snyder proclaims because they are nationalists, not patriots. “A nationalist encourages us to be our worst,” Snyder says, “and then tells us that we are the best.”
Frank Fear: The Administration justifies the budget by asserting that hard working, tax-paying Americans will finally get a budget about them. That’s another way of saying there are two types of Americans: Taxpayers and Moochers.
The American commonwealth is at risk largely because we (as a country) haven’t invested sufficiently in the power of tailwinds.