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by Neville Kennard, veteran preaching and practising capitalist

With the pathetic little event known as the Commonwealth Games now safely behind us (isn’t it time this was laid to rest instead of trying to ginger up interest every four years?), it’s a good time to look at Drugs in Sport.

Drugs and sport is a given, and a constant battle to define, to mask, to test and discover and to define what is and isn’t OK (how many cappuccinos, for example, before an athlete is loaded and “performance-enhanced”). So why not bring in some new events where “anything goes”, where drugs are allowed, where maximum performance is the only goal?

Let’s have a “Drug Olympics”! Let’s see what the human body when combined with medical science can produce. How will we ever know what feats may be possible when man’s finely tuned and trained body is combined with the best medical brains and technology unless we allow them to be used together and pushed to, and past, the limits?

I can imagine the Drug Olympics out-attracting the Clean Olympics (if there is such a thing), with Drug Companies sponsoring their human guinea-pigs, promoting the latest in performance-enhancing drugs and doses, pills and potions, injections and drips. Athletes would wear their Drug Sponsors’ clothing , proudly displaying the drugs and brands of choice. Commentators would describe the athletes and their drugs, their trainers and their labs, their doctors and their doses.

From the spectators’ point of view it could become like all-in-fighting and car racing where the crashes and blood, the mishaps and the blow-ups are part of the attraction. It would be gladiatorial in its appeal ! Macabre, sick even to some, but hey, it’s a Free World isn’t it, where one is the owner of ones body and ones life and free to use and dispose of it as one chooses ? So why not let the market decide this one?

Let’s find out if the Drug Olympics, the Tour de Drugs, the Iron-Man-on-Drugs out-performs and out-draws their clean alternatives.

The Tour de Drugs could parallel the Tour de France, with the Drugs Men leaving the Clean Boys in their wake! Drug-enhanced women could outperform their boring and clean male counterparts. What about this for the cause of womens’ liberation?

Imagine a Marathon where the Drugs Manager works with the Trainer to prescribe and deliver the right doses at the right times for maximum performance. Break-through or break-down, blow-the-record or blow-up, smash-through or smash — or even smash-through AND smash. The sponsorships could be huge, the audience unlimited!

The Olympics started in Athens; now Greece is broke and they need to try anything to pull in the crowds and the cash so they could create there the permanent venue for the Drug Olympics every four years. If it becomes really popular it could even become an annual event. Greece on steroids! Body, Mind and Drugs! Medicine, Money and Mayhem!

I hope some adventurous entrepreneur picks up on this opportunity, makes indecent amounts of money and brings to the world the high-drama of Body, Mind and Drugs.

Who knows what it may bring ? It may bring break-through for man in space, for longevity, for living fast and short, for lives of choice for disease creation and prevention. The unintended consequences may be enormous. If it works we may even see a Government Minister for Drugs and Sport, a Drugs and Sport Academy, and a Degree in Performance Enhancing Drugs. Maybe even a Nobel Prize for Breakthroughs in Performance-Enhancing Drug Use.

(in order of appearance on Economics.org.au)
  1. Welcome from Neville Kennard
  2. Think Tanks Don't Work
  3. "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
  4. The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
  5. Corporate Welfare
  6. Citizenship for Sale?
  7. I Don't Vote
  8. Voting: Right or Privilege?
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
  10. Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
  11. Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
  12. Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
  13. Government Likes War
  14. Collusion is Our Right
  15. Why Not the Drug Olympics?
  16. Unconventional Wisdom
  17. Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
  18. Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
  19. Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
  20. Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
  21. Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
  22. Separating Sport and State
  23. Your Home is Not an Investment
  24. Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
  25. A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
  26. Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
  27. Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
  28. What is a good Australian?
  29. Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
  30. The Market Failure Industry
  31. Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
  32. Wot if ...?
  33. The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
  34. The Tannehills
  35. Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
  36. Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
  37. Minarchy vs Anarchy
  38. Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
  39. The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
  40. Is Howard Our Best PM?
  41. Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
  42. Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
  43. Authoritarian Freedom
  44. Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
  45. The Tyranny of the Majority
  46. If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
  47. Business Should Exploit Boat People
  48. The Immorality of Trade Unions
  49. "America" vs "The United States"
  50. Sweet Anarchy
  51. The Illusion of "Job Creation"
  52. Gold Is Money
  53. Guilty Capitalists
  54. Bureauphobia
  55. Prosperity vs Growth
  56. Capitalism vs Democracy
  57. More people = More fun
  58. Self-Ownership - the very idea!
  59. Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
  60. The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
  61. Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
  62. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  63. Government Needs Bad Guys –
    that's why they like wars
  64. What Is Obscene?
  65. Traffic Economics
  66. Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
  67. Neville Kennard Obituary
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