Marx at the Ballpark
Commenter Edward Hamilton on being a kid playing in a community summer league in which one team, its membership apparently rigged, is massively overmatched to all the others:
There’s a certain life-lesson bound up in the experience of a league having a single dominant team, and a second tier of also-rans. That’s the way the world itself is organized, and you don’t need to be an Occupier protesting in a downtown park to admit it. The advantage that the rich and influential enjoy over us isn’t so much the intrinsically high quality of their education, or the set of skills they possess. It’s that they are utilizing the power of social networks in order to place themselves on the same team, and multiply a myriad of tiny advantages into an iron lock on power.
When I see the usual income-distribution graphs distributed by left-leaning advocacy groups to demonstrate the shrinking middle class, it tells me the same story I already knew as a result of playing in early-elementary T-ball leagues. The world naturally organizes itself into one team you can’t beat, and a bunch of others who need to fight one another for second place.