Comment 38598

By LL (registered) - website | Posted March 07, 2010 at 14:04:06

"I share these words with you on this morning after, because I feel very strongly that the qualities you have shown in this event are the same ones that are so much needed in the face of the enormous challenges of climate, sustainable development and social justice that face us all."

Except that the Olympics work squarely against the goals of social justice.

  • contributed to the gentrification of lower income people out of town
  • facilitated development on unceded First Nations land
  • facilitated the growth of security culture/ police state
  • many Olympic symbology (including the five rings) were developed by the Nazis

Plus, I would argue that the "patriotic" fervor works squarely against critical thinking and dissent that's needed to bring about social justice.

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