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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.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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