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On the Nature of Entrenched Power: FIFA’s President Ensconced in Corruption

In May 2015, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was “shocking FIFA like an earthquake,” according to the European newspaper, Das Bild.[1]She was leading “an American-led takedown of corruption in FIFA,” the Federation Internationale de Football Association, which oversees the sport of football, or soccer as it is known in the U.S., globally.[2]With great power comes resounding responsibility. When the head of an organization goes after the corruption-fighters rather than admitting to error at the very least in having presided over allegedly corrupt officials near the top—and in fact repeatedly dismisses calls to resign and not stand for re-election—the question becomes one of the intractability of squalid power, as if it were defying gravity—at least that of the ethical variety.

Sepp Blatter of FIFA, as if holding in all the bad news.
The full essay is at “Entrenched Power: FIFA



[1] Josh Gerstein, “For Loretta Lynch, A Stunning Debut on the World Stage,” Politico, May 28, 2015.

[2] Ibid.

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Ukip MP Douglas Carswell Threatened by Protesters in London

View image | gettyimages.com I don’t know, but I doubt you happened to catch this story from The Guardian yesterday. It tends to remind us that not all opposition is as civil as it should be, and Britain does have its share of nutters. The Ukip MP, Douglas Carswell, has been escorted away in a police […]

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Hillary’s money connection, Part II

I remember this video where Hillary officially announced that she was running for president: It feels like Hillary has only 10 answered questions since then. Then again, for Hillary, that’s just a month ago. But I digress. Here’s what Hillary personally said in that video: HILLARY: I’m getting ready to do something, too. I’m running […]

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Pull the plug on ABC’s debate

The RNC should pull the plug on the Republican presidential debate that ABC is hosting. It isn’t just that George Stephanopoulos didn’t clothe himself in glory with his nondisclosure of his donations to the Clinton Foundation. It’s that ABC is caught in another controversy that proves ABC isn’t trustworthy: Games may have been played yesterday […]

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Around the Web This Week

Sort of a compendium of odds and ends today, without a lot of commentary from me. My dearest friend, partner and editor here, Jessica, is celebrating the third anniversary of her blog today, although she is only present in spirit, because of her health problems. My post about it is here. The Federalist had a […]

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The Venal Corruption of the Political Class

In the past week, I’ve written two columns (here and here) extolling the benefits of federalism. So I now feel compelled to warn that my support for decentralization is not motivated by some Pollyannish view of sub-national governments. State and local government officials are perfectly capable of adopting policies that lead to the absurd waste […]

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