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When You’ve Lost the Commenters at Salon…

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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:

  1. The US shouldn’t send its best athletes to the Olympics.
  2. Americans shouldn’t cheer those athletes with much enthusiasm, whoever they may be.
  3. Success in medal count may not, whatever the jingoists tell you, be directly associated with positive social justice outcomes.
  4. The 1984 Olympics were one-sided for some reason.
  5. 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”
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