Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Check out this brilliant Rebecca Solnit article on the tyranny of the Olympics

Here's an excerpt, from Orion Magazine:
On August 8, the Beijing Olympic Games will begin, and television will bring us weeks of the human body at the height of health, beauty, discipline, power, and grace. It will be a thousand-hour advertisement, in some sense, for the participating nations as represented by athletes with amazing abilities. In reality, the athletes will be something of a mask for what each nation really stands for, and this year the Olympics as a whole will be as much a coverup as, say, the Mexico City Olympics of 1968, which came hot on the heels of the Tlaltelolco Plaza massacre of students, or the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which gave the Nazis legitimacy as they turned Germany into an efficient totalitarian death factory. Ironically, the 2008 summer Olympics begin on the twentieth anniversary of the 8888 (for 8/8/1988) Burma uprising against the brutal military dictatorship that has controlled that country, with crucial backing from China, for more than four decades now. The Chinese government is also busy terrorizing Tibetans protesting for religious freedom and liberation of their colonized country; it is also the main protector of the Sudanese government carrying out a holocaust in Darfur.

via Feministe

2 comments:

Will said...

Very terrific article. Unfortunately it appeals only to those who are already aware of the hypocrisy.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Will, I'm not sure exactly what you mean -- let me reread the article and think about that one...

Love --
mattilda