sport abuse “The expense of spirit in a waste of shame, is
sport in action.” (Or so the immortal bard should have written: “lust” on a *libertarian basis
being a healthy delight). While exercise is healthy in cautious moderation,
virtually all sporting activities, including athletics, are an abuse of the
body to some degree. Sport abuse, unlike so-called *‘drug abuse’, is
almost a pleonasm. It is an irony and a *hypocrisy that many
people who are otherwise *health *fascists often encourage and
even participate in this so-called *natural and healthy
activity.

Sport abuse will inevitably
result in a variety of sporting injuries throughout the time that the abuser
continues with his dangerous habit, and some of these injuries can last the
rest of the abuser’s life even becoming exacerbated with time. With many of the
hard sports, such as football, running and *boxing, there is a significant
risk of permanent *disability and even death. And most of this entirely
foreseeable damage will be treated using *state *healthcare at the
expense of *tax-victims, which is inexcusable (see
*seat belts and
helmets).

It might be suggested in its defense,
that this is a valuable physical *addiction involving naturally
occurring opiates from exercise that are as good and as harmless in themselves
as heroin. But this is not a sound defense just because of the alternatives of
such safe recreational *drugs or moderate exercise. It is also a psychological
addiction, but there are myriad beneficial psychological addictions that could better
replace it.

Apart from the damage done to
human bodies, the amount of time and *money that is spent
indulging in active and voyeuristic sport abuse is phenomenal: a not
insignificant proportion of most *countries’ *national products.
And yet the state often grants *criminal *privileges and
tax-extorted subsidies for sport, especially athletics (e.g., *compulsory
purchases for national sports grounds and billions of pounds taxtorted to fund the
UK Olympics). This is part of the same ‘bread and circuses’ tactic used by
Roman emperors to distract people from the infinitely greater damage caused by *politics. Sport is also
the very opposite of a safety valve for national differences. For it is used to
stoke up the *nationalism that the nation-state requires to survive and to go to *war.

There is also the fact that
many sport abusers become insidious sport pushers of one kind or another, and
often push sports to very young *children (including their own
sons and daughters) and, at the very extreme, even participate in its
compulsion within state child-prisons, i.e., *schools, which is *morally indefensible.

Despite all this, it remains
the libertarian prerogative of the individual to pursue this addictive,
harmful, mindless, life-wasting depravity at his own expense; and even
viciously to entice others into doing the same. One has a *right to choose how
to spend one’s own life. Needless to say, if one can affirm individual *liberty even in
this *extreme case, one should have no problem with tamer areas such as those involving
sex and drugs.

A Dictionary of Libertarianism