Monday, September 30, 2013

CrossFit openly exercises its libertarian views

CrossFit openly exercises its libertarian views | - Tim Mak:

September 25, 2013 - "'Why do you assume the labor market is inelastic?' read a recent tweet from the official account of CrossFit, the popular-but-controversial fitness regimen.

"The tweet was related to an article by the free-market Cato Institute, which the fitness company sent out to its 115,000-plus Twitter followers. The article argues that minimum wage regulations can drive up unemployment.

"It wasn’t a hack or some mistake. A deep libertarian ethos runs through the entire CrossFit organization, which has for some time been deliberately promoting polarizing articles and quotes.

"Earlier this month, CrossFit quoted Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, questioning the wisdom of military strikes in Syria; before that, an article on drug decriminalization, a prominent topic in libertarian circles....

"CrossFit founder Greg Glassman is a 'rabid libertarian,' he told the similarly minded Reason magazine earlier this year. But it's not just him - its much of the group's senior staff.

“Our leadership is pretty avowedly libertarian,” said Greene.... 'We’ve got over 7,000 affiliated gyms.... Don’t you think it would be unnatural if these small businesses were lukewarm about free enterprise?'"

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