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The Football Fallacy

Adam Gopnik explains why the English are better at watching football than playing it and why the Americans are better at talking about democracy than practising it.

Adam Gopnik explains why the English are better at watching football than they are playing it and why the Americans are better at talking about democracy than they are at practising it.

"Call this the Constructive Fallacy of the Secondary Activity - or, perhaps, The Delusion of Mastery
through Proximity."

Producer: Sheila Cook
Editor: Richard Knight.

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A Point of View: Why are our obsessions never the things we're best at?

A Point of View: Why are our obsessions never the things we're best at?

The English love football, but it doesn't love them back, says Adam Gopnik. Why are our obsessions never the things we're best at?

Read Adam Gopnik's article on the BBC News website

 

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