I don’t want to make David Sirota’s latest Salon column sound more coherent than it is, but the main points seem to be:
- The US shouldn’t send its best athletes to the Olympics.
- Americans shouldn’t cheer those athletes with much enthusiasm, whoever they may be.
- Success in medal count may not, whatever the jingoists tell you, be directly associated with positive social justice outcomes.
- The 1984 Olympics were one-sided for some reason.
- US athletes ought to intentionally lose some events in order not to “[rob] those weaker nations of any wins that might give them a fleeting feeling of self-empowerment or sovereignty against us”