It’s almost cliché at this point to describe the current generation as the “everybody gets a trophy” generation – but there’s truth to it. I can’t think of any other way to describe the popularity of social justice nonsense among college students aside from coddling at a young age.
This sort of mentality has prevailed to such a ridiculous extent that every player is going to technically deserve that trophy – because all teams are going to be equal.
As FOX News reported:
A Minnesota youth basketball team has been ejected from a league for being too good and now the coach, parents and players are crying foul.
The Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association girls high school team was forced to the sidelines by the Northwest Suburban Basketball League — and it’s all because the team is 3-0, Fox 9 reported Saturday.“We found out Friday at lunchtime that we’re not going to be allowed because according to the league our girls were too talented,” coach Jason Hanauska told the station. RAYBA sent parents a letter that said the main reason for the league’s decision was because other teams in the league “do not want to play RAYBA due to the skill level.”
“This is absurd,” parent Sherri Palmgren told the station. “Do we take the (NFL’s) Patriots or Cardinals, who are going to the championship game, and kick them to the curb because they’re too good?”
The league ejected RAYBA just ahead of a showcase tournament this weekend, according to Fox 9.
“Are we supposed to play worse just to make them happy?” team member Tessa McCarthy told the station.
I’ve never been into sports, but I remember when a friend explained the concept of “running up the score” to me, my response was: “isn’t that just winning?”
If it sounds ridiculous to punish a sports team for its talent, why shouldn’t it be ridiculous to also want to punish the rich for their success?
All the justifications are similar. Many progressives call for higher taxes on the rich in the name of “fairness.” We’re also often told that the rich are able to pass on unfair advantages to their children (or come from backgrounds of privilege themselves) – but athletic ability can be inherited too. These girls may have inherited some talent from their parents and will likely pass some onto their children – does that justify this ridiculous news story? Of course not.
So how does it make any more sense when Bernie Sanders calls for this sort of story to be the law of the land– but in economics instead of sports?
[Not: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]