• The cup

A couple of sidelights to the Ryder Cup that made watching its endless hours on TV even more savory were (1) the advertising, an endless parade of financial institutions insisting that their masters of the universe were the best around and would chase all our cares away.

And (2) the idea that one team was from “Europe.”

It was nice to see the European team finally assert itself, “Europe” being a concept that has attained bogeyman status here in the U.S., thanks largely to conservative pundits who remind us that it’s the place where countries blighted by workers’ rights and guaranteed health care wallow in unemployment, debt, and something even more foul—the spiritual torpor of welfarism. “Europe” today is what America will be like tomorrow unless the right sort of men and women saddle up and clean out the territory.