A Lesson in Regulation from Sports, Theodore Roosevelt and the Power of Rules
|Saving Capitalism in Spite of Conservatives|
Illustrated. 258 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $25.99.
Roosevelt’s protracted feud over football with the president of Harvard, Charles Eliot, reveals the fundamental split in opinion that existed among
’s elites at the time. Eliot transformed Harvard into a pre-eminent research university but disliked competitive sports, and his distaste for football in particular led him to call for the suspension of intercollegiate play. America
The issue was ultimately resolved when
Roosevelt demonstrated, it is possible to love football, but still want to reform it for its own good.
is applicable today. If one would substitute the words “
and its economic system” for football in the above quote one would get the statement America
“As Roosevelt (in this case, Franklin) demonstrated, it is possible to love America and its economic system, but still want to reform it for its own good.”
which neatly sums up what much of the current economic and political battle is all about and what radical Conservatives just don't understand.