Woah, I’ve been busy.
Somehow, they haven’t canned me over at RealClearHistory yet, so I’mma keep going. Here’s the latest:
- I put together RealClearHistory‘s official summer reading list
- Kinda, sorta defended Rod Blagojevich
- Threw together the World Cup’s top 10 greatest moments
- Celebrated the 4th of July by writing about Confederates
- Put together a list of 10 terrorist attacks most relevant to the world today (sans 9-11)
- Wrote up a brief history of the “Equality State”
- And highlighted 10 of the world’s craziest gold rushes
Two of those gold rushes are happening right now. Why aren’t they famous in the same way that 19th century gold rushes are? You’ll have to check out the link to find out!
My only question is why did 3 countries that could easily (and have, in the past) host the World Cup on their own gang together? Mexico, Canada, and the United States are wealthy countries. Why gang up?
My guess is that wealthier countries are going to have to do a lot more cooperating if they want to host world-level events from now on, due to the fact that the selection process for these types of events has become democratized. Economist Branko Milanovic has a thoughtful piece on FIFA (the governing body for world-level soccer events) and corruption that ties in to all of this.