Sports (entertainment etc) and surplus value

Hugh Rodwell m-14970 at
Thu May 23 15:47:23 MDT 1996

Rahul writes:

>The point is to come up with sensible
>materialist explanations of phenomena

and then gives us:

>Oh, yeah, capitalist economic theory explains situations of high economic
>rent by the existence of "rigidities," much like the explanation that opium
>helps one to sleep because of its dormitive virtue. I believe a large part
>of the rigidities in the case of sports lies in the fanaticism of the
>aptly-named "fans," whereas in the case of CEOs, there is a perceived need
>for class solidarity in the class war constantly being waged.

Do you consider this a sensible materialist explanation?

Do you reject a tie-in of your explanation with Marxist theory on principle?



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