Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

July 23, 2008

Bloggers Should Spread the Word: Boycott the Fascist Olympics

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 7:42 am

I know this is the fourth or fifth time I’ve done a post saying basically the same thing in different ways, but nobody’s done anything about it and there’s still time, but time is running out.

The jailing of a blogger/dissident yesterday by Chinese authorities as part of their on- going pre Olympic dissident-cleansing campaign is somethiing that should be of particular concern to all bloggers of all ideologies in addition to free speech and human rights activists.

Once again: follow the money. The networks and advertisers are betting they’ll cash in big on the fascist Olympics (a phrase I use because the hysterical worship of physical perfection has always been a characteristic of fascism, and because China is a police state regime which demands idolatry of the party, another key fascist trait).

If enough millions of people register displeasure at the networks and advertisers becoming enablers of police state terror with the advertisers and networs, and threaten to boycott their products in the market place as well as their tainted spectacle on tv, the result might at least force the release of dissidents such as those in the article I linked to. Maybe more. Maybe less, but shouldn’t we try?

What is needed is a central website for citizens to make their boycott pledge, asap. Where are the wizard techies who could put this together?

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4 Comments »

  1. I don’t believe you have to even justify using the term ‘fascist’ in this context. With the way China is aggressively entering the global marketplace they are essentially abandoning communism in favor of a fascist system where the state contols industry for its own benefit rather than for the nominal benefit of the proletariat.

    As for the underlying question of the boycott (or lack thereof), you nailed it; apathy and greed top the list of problems. An online movement is a good idea but the internet is so vast it’s difficult to attract attention to it. What we need to do, is find a way to get you on TV talking about it. Maybe go on The O’Reilly Factor and make it controversial, blow it out of proportion so Fox runs with a story about how crazy you are. Then it goes to the Daily Show or Colbert and they defend you and voila! you’re boycott is off and running. If only it were that easy.

    Comment by Kasey Rasmussen — July 23, 2008 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  2. For more on boycotting the Olympics, please read my piece on Artnet Magazine at Artnet.com. Thanks, Charlie Finch

    Comment by charlie finch — July 23, 2008 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  3. Don’t miss footage of Hu Jintao reviewing the troops, i.e. Chinese athletes, broadcast, at great length last night on local Chinese language news shows on New York public access TV. Dressed in shirtsleeves, backed buy some mobster type party officials, Premier Hu is strikingly like Hitler in his interaction with pingpong players, swimmers, gymnasts, volleyballers, etc. The athletes’ reaction is uniformly a mixture of fear, fawning and giggly intimidation. At one point, Hu “joshes” with a beefed up female weightlifter. Will she compete for the gold or will Hu jail her for her deviant body image? It is plain that Hu expects the Chinese athletes to come away with the most medals, under penalty of death. The body fetishism Ron mentions is the product of the fascist imperative, not an antidote to it, via “the Olympic spirit”.

    Comment by charlie finch — July 24, 2008 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  4. A local paper created a poll based on a comment I had made to a story about NBC not getting the ratings they wanted. I suggested that folks were boycotting not ignoring:

    (as of 08/13/08)

    Are you boycotting watching Olympics to protest China’s human rights actions?
    Yes=10.7%
    No=57.8%
    Just Not Interested=31.5%
    Total Votes:531

    http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS

    Comment by Ace — August 13, 2008 @ 10:26 am | Reply


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