War, Imperialism, and Statism – LewRockwell


I have long wondered about the “why” regarding the differences between American Football and what the rest of the world calls football (i.e. soccer).  American football: so completely regimented and precise; fútbol: very free-flowing and quite uncontrolled.

This in contrast to what appears on the surface the opposite regarding the political and bureaucratic regimes.  The United States: relatively free-market; Europe and Latin America (where fútbol is most popular): bureaucratic and stifling.

I have never felt satisfied with any answer I have come up with to explain this seeming contradiction; I have never found anything on point upon which I could develop a reasonable hypothesis.  Well, maybe that day has arrived.

Total State/Total Sports, by Dr. Gregory C. Dilsaver.

In this essay, Dilsaver examines the role that organized youth sports indoctrinates people toward being an obedient citizen to a controlling state.  It is a worthwhile read, but I want to focus on one gem that turned a light bulb on for me regarding my quest:

Time to buy old US gold coins

So too, sports inculcate the belief that life is a level playing field, where rules are made up by decree. This is legal positivism, which is the life blood of the Total State, as opposed to God-given natural law, which is the nemesis of the Total State.  (Emphasis added; the light bulb.)

Football vs Fútbol

Before I dive into the history and political theory, I offer a brief examination regarding the differences in the two sports – one very regimented and controlled, the other very free-flowing.  For a mental picture: take someone unfamiliar with either game and plant them in a stadium, one game at a time.  In less than five minutes, he will understand fútbol; in five…

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