People Busybodies and stickybeaks obsessed with people enjoying themselves* have found a new target: what the All Blacks are wearing on their chest.
The busybodies managed to get the Steinlager logo removed, concerned it might encourage folk to link sporting success with having a celebratory beer – leading inevitably to everyone but the wowsers themselves becoming alcoholics.
And now they’re worried sponsorship from Coke might encourage youngsters to like tasty, fizzy drinks – leading to a generation suffering from diabetes, tooth decay and an inevitable early death.
There is however one sporting sponsor on the All Blacks’ jersey the busybodies really should be concerned about, but aren’t. That sponsor is AIG – the worldwide financial insurance company who parlayed crony status into a US$180 billion bailout by American taxpayers. The sole purpose of the bailouts, according to former US Budget Director David Stockman, being “all about protecting short-term earnings and current-year executive and trader bonuses.”
Why don’t the busybodies complain about the All Blacks running out with that disgraced name on their chests? Perhaps because the philosophy the cronies represents is the same mixed-economy busybodying statism they themselves embrace. And perhaps they hope youngsters might be led to embrace it themselves?
*H.L. Mencken’s definition of a puritan is one who is constantly fearful that someone, somewhere, might just be having a good time.