Thursday, April 22, 2010

Samaranch dead - my heart pumps piss for him

So we note the death of His Excellency, the Marques de Samaranch (Juan Antonio Samaranch), Spanish sports official, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980 to 2001, its greatest period of corruption. Samaranch is probably remembered for four main things: his fascist career, his long reign as president of the IOC, his commercialization of the Olympics, and the corruption among officials and athletes that the commercialization engendered.

Samaranch was for years a member of the fascist Falange party in Spain and a national councillor under the notorious and brutal 36-year dictatorship of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. The Times of London wrote: he 'proved expert at the mixture of obeisance to the regime and political manoeuvring necessary to progress through the [fascist] ranks'. By 1975, when Franco died, Samaranch was top fascist in Barcelona, and an IOC Vice-President.

Keeping an eye on competition's inferiority to human cooperation. Click for the concept of win-win games.

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