Morning Jolt: What Is the World Cup’s Purpose?

On the menu today: The theme of today's newsletter is how those in authority kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Like the International Olympic Committee, FIFA allowed bribery and coziness with autocratic regimes to place its biggest contest in a hellhole of a country that is disappointing fans and turning its premiere event into an exercise of increasingly unsavory moral compromises. Meanwhile, presidential primaries that are supposed to help the parties select the best person to be the next commander in chief have turned into a publicity tour for lesser-known figures who want more attention, cabinet positions, cable-news gigs, book deals, and other perks. At times, it seems like lots of people in authority have forgotten what their jobs are, and forgotten Stephen Covey's advice: "Begin with the end in mind."

The World Corruption Games?

Way back in 2018, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek column envisioning a World Corruption Games held in Doha, Qatar, in the year 2022 — where countries competed to ...

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WITH JIM GERAGHTY November 22 2022
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WITH JIM GERAGHTY November 22 2022
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What Is the World Cup's Purpose?

On the menu today: The theme of today's newsletter is how those in authority kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Like the International Olympic Committee, FIFA allowed bribery and coziness with autocratic regimes to place its biggest contest in a hellhole of a country that is disappointing fans and turning its premiere event into an exercise of increasingly unsavory moral compromises. Meanwhile, presidential primaries that are supposed to help the parties select the best person to be the next commander in chief have turned into a publicity tour for lesser-known figures who want more attention, cabinet positions, cable-news gigs, book deals, and other perks. At times, it seems like lots of people in authority have forgotten what their jobs are, and forgotten Stephen Covey's advice: "Begin with the end in mind."

The World Corruption Games?

Way back in 2018, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek column envisioning a World Corruption Games held in Doha, Qatar, in the year 2022 — where countries competed to ...   READ MORE

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