Sports (entertainment etc) and surplus value

Rahul Mahajan rahul at peaches.ph.utexas.edu
Thu May 23 15:04:07 MDT 1996


Hugh:

>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?

No. It was obviously not billed as such.

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

Of course not. That's the kind of thing you would do, if we replaced the
word "Marxist" with any other.

Rahul




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