Cooperstown & Steroids: A Libertarian TakeSubmitted by McWilly on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:25
With the votes for the MLB Hall of Fame having been cast, and results upcoming, I’d like to take a moment to look at an annual tradition. Every year since Jose Conseco famously “named names” and pointed the finger at Major League Baseball and some of its now infamous steroid users and abusers, a ritual takes place on every sports talk show, website and newspaper column. The annual Debating of the ‘Roids.
On it’s surface we can all decry the “cheaters” in baseball as being uncouth and immoral in general – for, after all, who likes a cheater? None of us like to be taken advantage of and enjoy operating under the illusion that all is fair. Ron Paul even mentioned in his farewell speech that he would enjoy America far more if we allowed people to thrive on their natural talents instead of providing them with government boosts to even the playing field. (more on this later)
However, the argument against steroid users in baseball is utterly ridiculous and here is why:
Steroids only became illegal in 1990 through the Controlled Substances Act in the Anabolic Steroid Control Act. That means that an entire generation of players that are now becoming eligible for the Hall of Fame used them before they were outlawed legally in the U.S or by MLB. And the NDEA, FDA, AMA and NIDA all OPPOSED adding them to the list of banned substances. Naturally though, Congress being Congress decided that they knew what was best for everyone and banned it anyway. Baseball banned steroids in 1991, but didn’t really enforce this until 2004. Why? Well… Continue Reading