The Reinforcement of Neoliberalism in Sport
Opinion, Politics, Sports

The Reinforcement of Neoliberalism in Sport

Although implicit, within a modern context sport is utilized as a means by which to win the support and consent of the masses for a predominant political ideology. This assumption relies upon Antonio Gramsci's idea of, “hegemony,” which addresses the subtle ways in which a ruling party seeks to win the support of their constituents. This form of hegemony has been utilized throughout history, evident by the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Both events were utilized to promote, justify, and reinforce the ideologies of Nazism and State Capitalism, respectively. However, hegemony is not only utilized within authoritarian regimes. In The United States, sport is often used as a tool by both parties to promote the ideas of patriotism and meritocracy. More generally sp...
Ulrike Meinhof and The Ideological Turn to Violence
Opinion, Politics

Ulrike Meinhof and The Ideological Turn to Violence

Ulrike Meinhof was a West German militant, activist, and journalist. Her resistance to neoliberalism as a member of The Red Army Faction is an incredibly interesting, yet largely unknown journey. While violence is never acceptable, Meinhof's experiences with political repression reveal how the state shares culpability in stimulating violent resistance. Her intellectual path towards the acceptance of violence as a viable tactic is a long one, but one rooted in a disillusionment with the broader West German political consensus. Her initial writings express a strong vexation towards decorum and convention, coupled with an assertion of the persistence of Nazi power, and a broader conflation of Nazi Germany with the Federal Republic of Germany. Meinhof’s disapproval of Western imperia...
The NBA’s Silence On The Uyghur Genocide
Opinion, Politics, Sports

The NBA’s Silence On The Uyghur Genocide

Very few things have gotten me through this quarantine as effectively as basketball. There's an undeniable beauty in its balance of skill, physical ability, and strategy. As a Miami Heat fan, the return of the NBA has been especially kind to me, as it has been a long six years since the Heat were last in The NBA Finals. Nonetheless, behind the star power and exhilaration of the NBA lies a prevailing corporate structure, designed to maximize profit by any means necessary.  When compared to other leagues, the NBA has long been a leader with regards to social justice issues. This bears roots in the activism of Bill Russell, Earl Lloyd, and others. This tradition continued this year, with the league showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and engaging in a variety o...
The Preference-Action Disparity in Congress
Opinion, Politics

The Preference-Action Disparity in Congress

The United States Congress has long been noted for its abysmal approval rating. Gallup's most recent polling places Congressional approval at a dismal 21%. Sadly enough, this is actually a 3% improvement when compared to Gallup's polling over the previous month. It is safe to assume that some of this disapproval derives from a broader sense of antigovernmental skepticism firmly entrenched within American culture, but much of it derives from the Preference-Action Disparity found within the halls of Congress. In every realm of public policy lies a major disconnect between the desires of the American people and the actions of Congress. This claim is substantiated by extensive polling, and reflects the broader failure of American representative democracy when practiced in its curren...
What To Expect From A Biden Administration
Opinion, Politics

What To Expect From A Biden Administration

As a democratic socialist, voting for Joe Biden come November will not be one of my brightest moments. He is emblematic of a broader neoliberal consensus within the Democratic Party, and has contributed to the growth of mass incarceration, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the rejuvenation of the Libyan slave trade over the course of his 48 years in elected office.  Nonetheless, within the painfully dichotomous structure of American electoral politics, we have been provided a painful ultimatum, one that former Bernie Sanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner described as, "having to eat half a bowl of s*** instead of the whole thing."  While I caution voters to avoid complacency, a Joe Biden administration seems all but likely at this point in time. Every day that Tr...