Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, by Dave Zirin

By Dave Zirin

The folks of Brazil celebrated once they discovered they'd be internet hosting the 2014 international Cup - the world's most-viewed carrying match - and the 2016 Olympics. Now they're protesting in numbers the rustic haven't obvious in a long time, with Brazilians taking to the streets to aim to reclaim the activities they love yet see being corrupted via strong company pursuits and greed. during this compelling new publication, Dave Zirin examines how activities and politics are colliding in outstanding style in Brazil, commencing up a world dialog at the tradition and politics of game.

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El mismo Trotsky, cuyos análisis de Rusia fueron sin duda los más brillantes, se aferró desesperadamente a esa disyuntiva hasta el día de su mnerte, por cuyo motivo le ·resul~ba cada vez m~\s difícil, en los últimos años, explicar 0 predecir lo que ocurriria. La única salida de ese embotellamiento teórico consistió en reconocer que el supues'to que lo origina debe ser rechazado? ma hac~a el capitalismo ni hacia e~. lismo, sm~ haCia la •·sociedad de directores , el tipo de sociedad que actualmente está en vías de reemplazar; en escala mundial, a la sociedad capitalista.

La alianza de jacto entre príncipes y capitalistas fue disuelta. y el príncipe fue despedido, convertido en mascarón de proa, o por lo menos vio limitado el sector de la sociedad sobre el que se extendía su poder. Hubo más guerras y revoluciones, y emergió el Estado burgués "ideal" de fines del siglo xvm y del XIX: el poder poHtico que, investido a la Cámara baja de un Parlamento con la plena seguridad de que el mismo, por constitución, ley, hábito, costumbre y creencia, estaba consagrado a )a defensa de la estructura de los derechos y obligaciones confonne a los cuales se organizaba la sociedad como capitalista.

Como en Ja socieaad feudal las instituciones coercitivas del Estado (fuerzas armadas, tlibunales, etcétera) respaldaban esos derechos, podemos calificar de Estado feudal al Estado medioeval. ando a serlo lQs. mercantiles, industriales y finanCieros. l moderna, las personas que controlan el acceso a los medios de producción y disfrutan de un trato preferencial en la distribución de sus. Ie tam~1én los de la tierra- son los que denommamos capitalistas" y que constituyen la "burguesía". Su control se ejerce en términos de los típicos derechos de propiedad reconocidos por la sociedad moderna, con los que todos estamos familiarizados ..

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