Nationalism & Sport

The History of Sport Under Capitalism (Part II) - Sport in decadent capitalism (from 1914 to today)

In the first article we saw that sport was a pure product of capitalism and that it had a real weight in the class struggle.  In this part we will see that in the period of the decadence of this capitalist system it is an instrument of the state which is used to repress and keep down the exploited.

The History of Sport Under Capitalism (Part I) - Sport in the ascendant phase of capitalism (1750-1914)

For a long time sport has represented a phenomenon that cannot be ignored from the fact of its cultural breadth and its place in society. A mass phenomenon, it's imposed on us through the tentacles of many institutions and results in a permanent hammering from the media. What significance can we give it from the point of view of a historical understanding and from the point of view of the working class?

London Olympics: Tales of imperial cunning, austerity and repression

This year is the third time that London has staged the Olympic Games, and each occasion has shown something about the changing state of capitalist society.

The dominance of a global power

The 1908 Olympics were originally going to be held in Rome; however, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in April 1906 meant that resources were needed for the reconstruction of Naples. As a global power, with an empire covering nearly a quarter of the world’s land area and a fifth of the world’s population, the UK was in a position to take on the Games at short notice.

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