I’m not sure this is going to go over real well with my brother and fellow blogger, since he has already stated his intention to spend the entire next month watching the World Cup, but I thought it would be appropriate on the opening day of the event to post an essay Dalrymple wrote for The Social Affairs Unit four years ago, just before the last tournament. He argues that the World Cup, and football generally, is so caught up in a culture of violence and incivility as to render it insupportable by all decent folk.
Clint may not be committed to Dalrymple’s standard, but I don’t think he would necessarily disagree with him. We Americans are so removed from European football and the culture that surrounds it that we can enjoy the game without being haunted by its culture, but I can certainly understand how people who have seen what Dalrymple has seen would remain firmly committed to their principles.
The essay is here.