Football, a Substitute for Armed Warfare

There was no joy in Baltimore on Saturday night. The Ravens lost their game against the Colts.

Football is often said to be a substitute for armed warfare. It has its strategies, its heroes, and its casualties. The city of Baltimore – or most of it – would probably have preferred a win against the colts to a win in Afghanistan or Iraq.

War is a game played for mortal stakes. But there is less difference between war and football than is generally realized. There is nothing at stake in most wars – just like football games. Still both sides are so keen to win they make fools of themselves. Supporters wave flags and sing victory songs. And if their team wins, THEY feel like winners, even though they played no role whatsoever in the victory.

Nor are all wars bloody affairs. Many societies conducted stylized warfare…often with very few battlefield casualties. The West was able to dominate the world, say some military historians, because the Greeks…and later the Romans…and later the Europeans…were more ready to die.


Bill Bonner
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Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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Jon Bain

Now we just need a substitute for the football supporters.

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