DN!: “The Olympics the West Wanted”//Thomas Frank on How Conservatives Rule

* “This is the Olympics the West Wanted” – Dave Zirin on US Corporations Entering China, Athletes Speaking Out and the Games from ’68 to Today *
As the 2008 Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing, we speak with sportswriter Dave Zirin. “This is the Olympics the West wanted: games where the grandest prize is not a gold medal but a glittering entree to China’s seemingly endless army of potential consumers,” writes Zirin. “This is the reason that George W. Bush will attend the opening ceremonies, the first U.S. President to do so on foreign soil.”

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http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/8/this_is_the_olympics_the_west

* The Wrecking Crew: Thomas Frank on How Conservatives Rule *
Columnist and author Thomas Frank joins us to talk about his latest book, The Wrecking Crew. Frank writes, “Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.”

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http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/8/the_wrecking_crew_thomas_frank_on
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