Sunday, December 13, 2009

Marginalizing Sports?

One of the things I've been pondering recently is how socialists cultivate rudeness, hostility, hate, violence, and all manner of anti-social behavior.

In Friedrich Hayek's Road to Serfdom I just came across a passage that asserted *planners* actually invented organized team sports.

Did they? I don't really know. That's definitely the first time I've ever come across such a suggestion.

Peter Gray has a very interesting blog post that treats the subject, albeit very indirectly. Check it out - The Morally Questionable Lessons Of Formal Sports.

I grew up in sports family, in a sports-obsessed culture and I look back upon it most critically. So the subject very much piques my interest. Also, with young children, I have to contemplate the timing and extent of their *organized sports* participation. Soccer leagues here start at age four; my hunch is that's a few years too early.

A complete review of Hayek's book will be forthcoming. I have about 100 pages left and I am taking this one uncharacteristically slowly.

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