Why Football Has Become So Militarized

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Have you ever wondered why it is that it is impossible to watch an NFL football game, and many college football games, without witnessing tens of thousands of people jumping up out of their seats at lightning speed to sing an anthem to statism; looking at a gigantic American flag that covers the entire football field; seeing fighter jets flying over the stadium; scores of old, dumpy-looking guys in camouflage walking around playing army and carrying flags; etc., etc.  The reason for all of this fascist-style militarism, as these BBC video documentaries explain, is that the U.S. government aspires to imitate the regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco in terms of how they used sports to glorify the state and statism.  (You might also be interested in a book entitled Football and Fascism by Simon Martin).

8:37 am on November 9, 2013
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