It’s been a while since I commented on America’s road to serfdom. So here’s one for the lovers of doom.
An article in the Atlantic says that it takes kids 90 seconds longer to run one mile than it used to in the 80s. 80% of young people are too dumb, criminal or fat to enter the military.
And here we find that the generation of the participation trophy just doesn’t care about winning. WSJ:
They’re just not very fast. “There’s not as many super-competitive athletes today as when the baby boomers were in their 20s and 30s,” said Ryan Lamppa, spokesman for Running USA, an industry-funded research group. While noting the health benefits that endurance racing confers regardless of pace, Lamppa—a 54-year-old competitive runner—said, “Many new runners come from a mind-set where everyone gets a medal and it’s good enough just to finish.”
Now, a generational battle is raging in endurance athletics. Old-timers are suggesting that performance-related apathy among young amateur athletes helps explain why America hasn’t won an Olympic marathon medal since 2004
It’s easy to see why so many in America are clamoring for enforced equality: They’re bad at so many things. Meanwhile China’s blowing us out of the water and Putins making 10 year olds across Russia do knuckle pushups and assemble an AN94 assault rifle before every meal. Our kids are good at Angry Birds.
I’ll see you in the howling wilderness that will be America is two decades or so. For now, ride the tiger.