Keep politics out of sport?

July 2024 Forums General discussion Keep politics out of sport?

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    james19
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    There’s a glimmer of hope in football after all!

    The PSG* player who was shown a yellow card, for his goal
    celebration by taking off his football shirt
    and showing the tattooed names of 50 starving people on his upper body,
    to highlight the 805 million starving people helped by WFP!

    Thanks to BBC Radio London CFC vs PSG match commentoru*

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2954515/Zlatan-Ibrahimovic-tattooed-names-50-starving-people-body.html

    #109874
    james19
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    Sorry, but I was trying to link story to Chelsea Football club storm.

    I read that CFC owners yacth worth £1.5bn is in dock for a re-fit

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11418651/Roman-Abramovichs-lavish-1.5bn-yacht-is-sent-for-a-refit.html

    #109875
    james19
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    Found this…… any system that is not based on individuals having the freedom to work for their own benefit or to pursue their own dreams is never going to work and will always end with mass poverty. just look at what is happening in venezuela at the minute.capitalism has given us so much and it still has lots to give. sometimes the government has to step in (mainly when it comes to environment) but in general capitalism has shown itself to be the best system to create wealth and to feed starving humans.http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21578665-nearly-1-billion-people-have-been-taken-out-extreme-poverty-20-years-world-should-aim

    #109876
    robbo203
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    james19 wrote:
    Found this…… any system that is not based on individuals having the freedom to work for their own benefit or to pursue their own dreams is never going to work and will always end with mass poverty. just look at what is happening in venezuela at the minute.capitalism has given us so much and it still has lots to give. sometimes the government has to step in (mainly when it comes to environment) but in general capitalism has shown itself to be the best system to create wealth and to feed starving humans.http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21578665-nearly-1-billion-people-have-been-taken-out-extreme-poverty-20-years-world-should-aim

     Two things to say about that, James… Firstly it should be pointed out that these figures have been severely criticised as being highly misleading.  There are several reasons for saying this, some of which are mentioned in this articlehttp://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/16/should-we-celebrate-a-decline-in-global-poverty/ Secondly, even if it is true that, in absolute terms, progress has been made and I think it is indisputable that such progress has been made – particularly in places like China and India – you don't judge an economic system on that basis but rather on the extent to which it has been able to realise the technological-cum-productive potential that  society has created to meet human needs  On that basis I would contend that capitalism is not a progressive system at all but in fact is falling further and further behind in the realisation of  that potential  and that the biggest single factor for this is is the relative and absolute growth capitalism's structural waste – those economic activities that do nothing to enhance human welfare and wellbeing but merely exists to keep the system ticking over on its own terms

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