[Marxism] Zirin: Corrupt, brutal Games with something for everyone to oppose

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Feb 10 01:35:59 MST 2014

Since their founding in 1896, every Olympics has arrived with the promise
to unite the world.

One can still hear the lyrical words of the man who presided over the 1936
Berlin games, Chancellor Adolf Hitler, who said that he hoped his Nazi
Olympics could help "knit the bonds of peace between nations".

Hitler's dreams of using the vessel of what is known as "the Olympic
Movement" to create a harmonious world has tragically never come to pass,
despite the best efforts of the aristocrats in the International Olympic

Tragically, their efforts have been undone by the pesky people being given
the glorious gift of the games. As champion of the Nazi Olympics and
longtime leader of the IOC, Avery Brundage wrote about his critics: "Warped
mentalities and cracked personalities seem to be everywhere and impossible
to eliminate."

"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity's
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion." -- Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

"The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?" -- Jarvis Cocker

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