In These Scary Times, We Can’t Lose Sight of the Real Threats

By on January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

In the San Francisco Chronicle
Written by Leland Faust

Americans don’t know how to assess risk, especially when it comes to radical Islamist terrorism at home. We should be outraged by the December mass shootings in San Bernardino, but what is really fear-worthy? Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, fewer than 50 people have died in the United States at the hands of jihadists. It is thus unlikely that you or I will end up splattered on a sidewalk, compliments of a suicide bomber.

What’s really scary is that we are not scared of the right things.

Harvard Research on Social Progress — An Embarrassment?

By on January 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

In Medium
Written by Leland Faust

Even at Harvard University, one of the most respected research universities in the world, faculty can put out drivel. I was appalled after reading the article “Putting Social Progress on Par with Prosperity[1]” in a recent issue of Harvard Magazine. A Harvard Business School professor had issued his Social Progress Index which included a ranking of 133 countries on health and wellness. Do people live long and healthy lives? The United States ranked 68th on that list trailing, among others, Peru (1), Ethiopia (30), Cambodia (40), and Ghana (60). How does the average person in poor countries like Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Ghana live longer and healthier than the average American?

Violence Is the Business Of The NFL Because It Sells

By on November 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

In the Huffington Post
Written by Leland Faust

Needless violence on and off the field should undermine the popularity of professional football. Sadly, that isn’t the case. In fact, violence is accepted, even encouraged, by the National Football League because it sells.

The money machine is not broken, but the NFL culture is, fostering the brutalization of men, women and children. As an insider who has represented many NFL players, I am outraged, but not surprised, that both the league and the players’ own union do so little to protect players from serious injury or those near to them from domestic abuse.