I recently watched a fifth-grade basketball game that truly seemed unfair. One player, much more skilled than the rest, was absolutely dominating. He was stealing the ball, going to the other end, and scoring with ease. The players on the other team were frustrated, angry that they were unable to stop him. I began to feel bad for the losing team, but then I realized that the basketball game was just like life—it was unfair, not because of the officiating or cheating, but because one player was much more skilled than the rest.
These kids were learning about capitalism.
In all sports, some people work harder than their competition to become the best. Others have natural talent, just as some people inherit money or businesses. Some, no matter how hard they work, just cannot get the hang of a particular sport and they find that their talent lies elsewhere. Others never work hard or practice, then wonder why they are not as good as top-tier athletes.
The parallels are uncanny. Sports should be a method of preparing children for a capitalistic society, especially now when over half of millennials do not support capitalism.
Sports, however, are slowly becoming a method of indoctrinating children into socialism. No matter the outcome of a tournament, awards are often given to all who participated, telling the youth that they are good enough. In many youth basketball leagues, there are rules that everyone on the team must have equal playing time.
In a socialistic society, no matter how much you work you are given the same as people who worked hard.
If a child loses a game and receives the same reward the winner received, that blurs the line between winning and losing in the child’s susceptible mind. They begin to assume that there is no such thing as losing, especially when adults tell them that they are winners anyway; therefore, a fear of losing is never developed. They lose the incentive to beat the competition.
In addition, with the implementation of equal playing time comes the retraction of the incentive to improve and become better than their teammates. On a basketball team, the players compete for playing time, just as individuals compete for money in a capitalist economy. In a socialist economy, however, that money is dispersed equally among everybody, just as playing time is equally allotted to all players on a youth team.
Sports, instead of being used for socialist indoctrination, should be used for capitalist preparation. Young boys and girls should learn that hard work is rewarded.