Legalised Hooliganism

Yesterday, Russian politician Igor Lebedev proposes legalising football hooliganism and turning it in to a sport. This is the same Igor Lebedev who praised Russian fans for their hooliganism at last summer’s European Championships.

Sounds like a charming chap.

His basic idea is to have a swarm of 20 unarmed “competitors” on each side taking part in a mass brawl.  He wrote on his party’s website:

Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport. Fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer – challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time.

His new sport would be called “draka” which is the Russian word for fight.  How original.

Admit it – you read all that and thought something along the lines of “stupid idea”, right?

The legalising of other stupid activities has always been a source of debate.  In all discussions, people will mention already legal activities that kill people – swimming, driving, cycling and jet-skiing off Niagra Falls to name a few.

Those things are not banned because when they’re done properly, they’re pretty good fun.

When it comes to legalising all recreational drugs, there is also evidence that prohibition actually increases the risks on the users by going to black market sources.  This may provide a less than suitable product as well as all the repercussions of increased prices etc.  If legal, they can be regulated.

The big, bold sentiment is that it’s up to people to manage their own well-being rather than our politicians.  Lovely thought, if it was only the people who did the activities who were affected by them.

At this stage, though, enter Charles Darwin.  If we let people do stupid things, there will end up being less people to do them.  Maybe Lebedev went a little too far, or maybe he didn’t go far enough.  Either way, put a load of idiots who want to kill and hurt each other in an arena and at least they won’t be involving anyone who just wants to go about their business.

Hey bro, take it slow
You ain’t livin’ in a video
You’re flying low with a high velocity
No doubt, you’re stressin’ out
That ain’t what rock n’ roll’s about
Get off that one way trip down lonely street

Now I know you’ve been kicked around
You ain’t alone in this ugly town
You stick a needle in your arm
You bite the dust, you buy the farm

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey stoopid
What ya tryin’ to do
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey stoopid
They win you lose
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey stoopid

C’mon girl, it’s a better day
Get your foot out of that grave
Don’t let that one love tear your world apart
C’mon babe, kick that stuff
Show the street it ain’t so tough
Quit lyin’ around with a crippled, broken heart

Now I know you’ve been seeing red
Don’t put a pistol to your head
sometimes your answer’s heaven sent
Your way is so damn permanent

This ain’t your daddy talkin’
You know, I know
Your story ain’t so shocking
You know, I know
Blow some steam
C’mon and scream

Hey Stoopid by Alice Cooper


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