Saturday, February 13, 2010

Vancouver Olympics Shows Influence of Beijing-Style Politics

"The Beijing Olympics were meant to make China more like Canada. Vancouver 2010 has managed the opposite."

So writes David Goldblatt in a recent article in Prospect Magazine.

Of particular concern is a law passed by the government of British Columbia giving police the power to enter homes and other premises displaying “anti-Olympic” signs.

The UK Parliament has passed a similar law in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London - a classic exampe of the unhealthy "post-democratic" alliance of government with global firms.

I wonder whether there will ever be a backlash aginst the corporate dominance of professional sport.

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1 comment:

Alistair said...

I wonder whether there will ever be a backlash against the corporatisation of every single aspect of life .....