George F. Will: A connection between progressivism, college sports

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  • Mister J SLC, UT
    Sept. 9, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    I can see a connection to Fascism and sports.

    You know; the pagentry, the uniforms, the us v the world mentality, the collective is more efficient than the individual, equating a team to family, the use of cliched speech being equal to the jingoistic rhetoric in times of war.

    Whether, fascism is a extension of progressivism or not remains TBD.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Sept. 9, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    George Will slams progressives by associating them with the division of labor. Does he think it's wrong for us to specialize and become part of a greater whole? Paul doesn't.

    "For the body is not one member, but many ... and the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee...."

    However, unlike the football tradition of the powerful dominating the weak, Paul learned from his Mentor that the powerful should serve and lift the feeble, the less honorable and the uncomely. Consider also these progressive ideas in light of modern politics:

    "For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked"

    "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it."

    Yes, the redistribution of both wealth and honor! Perhaps those dang liberal social sciences attract students who would have loved traditional college moral instruction. Who has really inherited the soul of traditional Christianity, conservatives or liberals?

    Then he tries to blame social Darwinism on liberals. Oh, please.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 9, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    This progressive sees the concept of college sports as an incredible waste and distraction from what our educational institutions should be doing. But that's a tough sell in this conservative town.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 9, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    "Progressives saw football as training managers for the modern regulatory state"

    Yes, College Football was an evil plan cooked up by the democrats to turn America into a Socialist country. And all this time, I just thought College football was big business.

    George, have you gone off the deep end?