[Marxism] Fwd: Icarus | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 4 12:45:28 MDT 2017

Opening at the IFC Center in NYC as well as on Netflix VOD, “Icarus” is 
an oddly compelling tale about the Russian use of performance 
enhancement drugs (PEDs) in international sporting events that like the 
hacking reports was used to make the Kremlin look bad. Just as the 
accusation about Russia interfering in our elections is the height of 
hypocrisy (the USA is the world’s champion at this), so is the furor 
over doping. American athletes do the same thing both in amateur and 
professional sports. The explanation for interfering in elections and 
gaining unfair advantage in athletic competition is fairly simple. 
Powerful capitalist nations like the USA and Russia see both as 
spectacles used to con a depoliticized population. What better way to 
get peoples’ minds off their economic woes than to get them sitting in 
front of a TV set watching presidential candidates “debating” or jumping 
off a diving board?

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/08/04/icarus/

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