Idle musing.

I know people who fear and condemn “socialism” in government and claim to be all for individual liberty and laissez-faire, yet who, in their role as sport enthusiasts, have no problem being infuriated at a “selfish” athlete who refuses to subordinate his own success to that of the team. Is that not socialism as well?

Most people who follow American football, for example, will tell you that a team full of “humble guys” who work well together can beat a team full of showboating superstars. Or at the very least, they will pull for that team to do so, even if their chance of success is low.

Is this a contradiction, or merely a legitimate difference between two completely different social activities? I have no clue.

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