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Why do anarchists oppose the Olympics?

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asked May 25, 2012 by anonymous
... opposed to the athletics; competition; commercialism; or nationalism?

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Why wouldn't they? The city becomes reinforced, and the apparel is made in sweat shops. Is all that training for a gold medal even worth it; are those athletes even living?
answered May 25, 2012 by frenzy (720 points)
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the olympics are a huge international cultural event, one in which local concerns and needs are completely subsumed. so all the ills of spectacle (people acting like they're living, rather than actually living), of consumerism, of mass marketing, of tourism, of environmental degradation, of centralized decision making by bodies that are outside of local influence... come to a head around the olympics.
like elections, the olympics are iconic of chronic, usually less-visible problems, and seem like good times to remind people how badly things are actually going.
answered May 26, 2012 by dot (52,130 points)