It’s possible that the market, henceforth, will enact most all meaningful social* change. It is certainly making a go of it with the NFL. Money and boycotts are a wonderful thing. No government needed.

Mind you, I don’t necessarily think this is: 1) true, or 2) good.

#1 will be proved (either way) in time (that is: economic historians will provide the answer)

#2 is more complicated. In the case of the NFL, one seriously must ask, I believe, if it is Just (note the capital ‘J’ there) that not only are athletes facing criminal indictment but are also facing some kind of bizarre economic-social prosecution. If you think the NFL case – where players face criminal charges and are potentially also fired before they’ve been convicted – is in any way simple or obvious, then I would ask you to think about what that means in relation to, say, a widely held belief that an effective way to rehabilitate released convicts (those who actually have been convicted of a crime and have served their time) is to provide them with jobs. The economic-social prosecution of the NFL players would seem to me, on the surface at least, to be a prescription of exactly the opposite medicine. Again, not suggesting this is right or wrong, good or bad, just saying that I think the issue is exceptionally complicated and warrants considerable thought.

However complicated #2 and preceding paragraph may (or may not) be, it doesn’t matter: the mob has taken over.

-JD Cross

* – “social” being interpreted here in the most broad possible sense of the word.