Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Olympics
In the age of ESPN and the Web does one need these expensive government-propaganda shows disguised as sport?
The Olympics are virtually always a taxpayer-funded venture. After the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the International Olympic Committee changed the rules to order that all future Olympics be government-run affairs. The IOC is dominated by wealthy European socialists and others who never appreciated the Olympics being run by private organizations, considering that to be “beneath the Olympic ideal” (whatever that is). Now, the IOC is quite happy to have the capitalist television revenues that come from broadcasting the games, but nonetheless the games from now on are socialist affairs, even more than they used to be.
From the LRC blog.

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