Why they hate us, part 23.b.6

Every great civilization has a characteristic sport by which its young men learn life skills, build character, and gain in moral standing. From Genghis Khan’s polo to the cricket that made possible the British Empire’s greatest era to go in Japan to the American present, where our great country learns its courage and principles from pro wrestling…wait a minute, that’s not what I meant…football, that’s right: the clean, uncommercialized contest of college football, where the rules are the rules and the scholar-athletes embody the best of our youth. From the elite private schools to the great democratic state universities, football guides and inspires generation after generation to chivalry, moderation, and courage. A national sport of the right kind spreads its purity and nobility from the players to everyone associated with it, too, including its interpreters and scribes.

Eat your heart out world; we have it and you don’t and that’s why we’re the best.

Author: Michael O'Hare

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Michael O'Hare was raised in New York City and trained at Harvard as an architect and structural engineer. Diverted from an honest career designing buildings by the offer of a job in which he could think about anything he wanted to and spend his time with very smart and curious young people, he fell among economists and such like, and continues to benefit from their generosity with on-the-job social science training. He has followed the process and principles of design into "nonphysical environments" such as production processes in organizations, regulation, and information management and published a variety of research in environmental policy, government policy towards the arts, and management, with special interests in energy, facility siting, information and perceptions in public choice and work environments, and policy design. His current research is focused on transportation biofuels and their effects on global land use, food security, and international trade; regulatory policy in the face of scientific uncertainty; and, after a three-decade hiatus, on NIMBY conflicts afflicting high speed rail right-of-way and nuclear waste disposal sites. He is also a regular writer on pedagogy, especially teaching in professional education, and co-edited the "Curriculum and Case Notes" section of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Between faculty appointments at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was director of policy analysis at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He has had visiting appointments at Università Bocconi in Milan and the National University of Singapore and teaches regularly in the Goldman School's executive (mid-career) programs. At GSPP, O'Hare has taught a studio course in Program and Policy Design, Arts and Cultural Policy, Public Management, the pedagogy course for graduate student instructors, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Policy, and the introduction to public policy for its undergraduate minor, which he supervises. Generally, he considers himself the school's resident expert in any subject in which there is no such thing as real expertise (a recent project concerned the governance and design of California county fairs), but is secure in the distinction of being the only faculty member with a metal lathe in his basement and a 4×5 Ebony view camera. At the moment, he would rather be making something with his hands than writing this blurb.

3 thoughts on “Why they hate us, part 23.b.6”

  1. Are you seriously claiming that what's wrong with the notoriously corrupt, exploitative multibillion-dollar college football cartel is that many of the players it cruelly abuses for profit also happen to be violent thugs?

  2. Aren't you giving aid and comfort to our enemies by suggesting that any real American could think such a thing?

  3. You should see our professional footballers. Leeds footballers beat a local Asian man to bits in front of witnesses, and were found not guilty by a local jury… the Asian (Pakistani) man says his family received death threats for testifying.
    of course, if we are losing in cricket to Pakistan, we get them disqualified for tamping the ball…

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