June 16, 2006 9:52AM

America & Soccer

The “Lexington” column in this week’s Economist features a now‐​standard riff about how curious and revealing it is that America eschews the world’s pastime. The twist: The world resents the hell out of us for this. 

But would “the world” really be happier if America took this game seriously and, as a consequence, cut through their footballers like a hot knife through butter? I doubt it. The only way to make “the world” happy would be if we cared a lot about soccer and lost a lot at soccer. Anything else would simply feed the insatiable anti‐​America hate machine.