Olympics and the perversion of sport

Are the Olympics the high point of a sporting religion? Harley Filben investigates

It has been a commonplace since the 19th century that art is the new religion; and equally it has been a commonplace since the rise of that peculiar individual, the sports pundit, that sport is itself a form of art. From this, we may deduce - in dubious syllogistic fashion - that sport is a religion.

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Letters

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Islamists gaining ground

The US seems happy to see the Muslim Brotherhood gaining influence in Damascus, writes Yassamine Mather

Faster, higher, stronger

The Olympic spectacle is a celebration of corporate power and money-worship, writes Eddie Ford

Doing it better than our enemy

Many on the left see sport as nothing else than another way for the bosses to dupe the workers. Ben Lewis disagrees, and argues for a workersÂ’ sport movement

From Team Sparta to Team GB

The ancient Greek Olympic Games, just like the modern equivalent, were part and parcel of class politics, writes Chris Gray

A radical for all seasons

Jim Creegan takes a look at the political life of Alexander Cockburn, 1941-2012

Stuck in the neoclassical world

Nick Rogers bases his economic analysis on a reality which had ceased to exist even in EngelsÂ’s time, writes Arthur Bough

Another American tragedy

Paul Demarty takes a look at the confused issue of arms in the USA

Foreign country?

Is the past really that different from the present? Asks Mark Fischer

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