posted on Feb, 23 2013 @ 04:56 PM
Sports, concerts, and modern entertainment in general is good and all, but nothing is more entertaining than a live fight. Boxing has been a dying
sport for several decades, and in it's place an arguably more brutal (and more exciting)form of fighting, MMA, has taken its place. UFC and MMA has
generated huge audiences, and yet I think that many people want more. While many people cringe at the idea of modern gladiators, I think if it were
established there would be a huge demand for it. And nothing would be more exciting than watching people fight to the death right in front of your
Who Would Qualify
Death row inmates who pleaded guilty to their crimes.
How It Would Work
The worst criminals in American society come together in a battle to the death, with the hope that they can either make a name for themself with a
glorious death, or in victory, because victory means potential freedom. The battles would consist of a variety of fights including hand-to-hand combat
(like Roman gladiators), survival (Hunger Games), extreme car races to the death (like Mario Kart).
For hand-to-hand combat inmates would fight each other with bows and arrows, swords and shields, spears, axes, chains, etc. like in the old days.
For survival games they would be confined to a large area and would have to use nature to survive and to kill their enemies.
For vehicle games, there would be a racetrack with obstacles all around like random walls, and spikes coming out of the ground, and each car has a
driver and fighter. The fighers get guns, grenades, flash-bang grenades, and smoke grenades to try to make the other vehicles crash.
Inmates would have to volunteer to participate, because otherwise it would de-incentivize people to plead guilty to capital crimes. In this way,
inmates can pay back the society they wronged through pure entertainment.
Advantages for Inmates
Instead of waiting around for a silent, unglorified death, they can die a glorious death, or achieve nation-wide fame in victory. If they win a
certain number of fights they can win their freedom from death row. The process for gaining freedom would be long... they would serve in the military
for an indefinite amount of time, and may only leave if their superiors sign off on them saying they have performed their duty exceptionally and with
Advantage for Military
The military will recieve several men who are not afraid to kill, and are not afraid to be killed. They are incentivized to behave well because of the
possibility that they can be free. They will be treated with respect by fellow soldiers because of the brutal nature of the gladiator fights that they
had to get through.
Advantage for Society
Citizens in Ancient Rome enjoyed gladiator battles, I don't see why Americans also wouldn't. We cringe at the idea, but if they existed in society,
I think we would be quick to embrace it. There would be no entertainment more thrilling and adrenaline-pumping than watching real people right in
front of you fight to the death. For each fight, there would be odds on which fighters had a better chance to win, and spectators could bet on fights
and try to make money off of it.
I could try to convince you that having modern gladiator fights would have some profound impact on society. But really, it's just for entertainment
value, and to empty out our prisons of their most dangerous convicts.