The modern world is full of people who love to proclaim that they would have killed Hitler. Okay, sure, sure. But what would you do now?
"Amateurism, which as we conceive of it is sport as a public right, a healthy activity free of mercantilism, with possibilities for the recreation and well-being of the entire population, is almost gone ..." Fidel Castro, sportswriter.
On the day of the Olympic Parade of Nations, let's consider the relationship between sports and national character. Every year, a few organizations release a list of the countries they think are the freest in the world, and in so doing make clear their own biases. The free-market wonks at the Heritage Foundation don't…