Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

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“The [political] world is beautiful to behold but terrible to be a part of” – Schopenhauer
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“[Sport] has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with the disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.”

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Remember that, and Carl Schmitt, if you feel as though sports should or could be “apolitical”. Whether you support or boycott Nike, or willfully ignore the whole issue, you are taking a political stance. Sports don’t become political, they’ve always been political. Any change felt to the contrary is you being upset because the shell that encloses your understanding is breaking.

North is North, and South is South, and never the twain shall meet

 

Kipling would be surprised by good signs emerging from the Korean peninsula. Seeing such a backtrack from ideas of confrontation and braggadocio may mean that, perhaps, policies of sunshine can win out after all. That has precedence, and things look favorably towards that approach as big players get on board.

Unfortunately, there’s also a history of such agreements breaking down.

Worst case scenario, let’s make sure no tertius gaudens occurs:

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A Different Take on Testing

I like the work of Freddie deBoer. I really do. However, he recently wrote about the value of standardized testing (and I disagree). However still, at other times, I agree when he says things like:

“What happens after we close the racial achievement gap? Would it imply that a bigotry against those not blessed with strong academic potential would be justified? That’s what “meritocracy” argues, and I believe it’s a moral error. I believe that this tendency, called the hereditarian left by some, will only grow in a world where the logic of meritocracy has brought us spiraling inequality, the division of our country into essentially two different societies with profoundly different qualities of life.”

So agree and disagree at the same time. Hegel would be pleased.