ATLANTA 1996: THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING
The 1968 Olympics were held in Mexico City. At that time, the
Mexican people had risen from their slumber and were marching in
the tens of thousands, demanding economic justice from the
Mexican government. But the Mexican government was extremely
uptight about the Olympics that year: Mexico was to be in the
world's spotlight and the Mexican elite desired above all else to
impress the neighbors. The last thing wanted was that Mexican
workers and taxpayers should embarrass their rulers in front of
the world press, a world press that could not be censored by the
corrupt Mexican government.
There was a conjunction of thousands of politically awakened
Mexicans, a world press over which the Mexican government lacked
control, and a Mexican elite class which dreaded embarrassment
before the eyes of the world.
Taking advantage of the situation, Mexican activists began to
demonstrate -- and were brutally and secretly murdered by a
Mexican military unleashed on them by their social-climbing
rulers who would stop at nothing to avoid loss of face amongst
the other soul-less world *Aristos*. This event is known as the
Tlatelolco Square massacre.
Tragically, things worsened at Munich in 1972, and major security
has been needed at subsequent Olympics.
The 1936 Berlin Olympics served as Adolph Hitler's big showcase
to the world of his Nazi Germany. (Interested readers are
referred to Thomas Wolfe's *You Can't Go Home Again* for a great
artist's portrait of the event. Think the Nazis were a great,
misunderstood bunch of guys? Think again. Read Wolfe for the
The 1996 Atlanta Olympics serve as imperialist America's showcase
to the world. To the world: never mind the increasing gap
between rich and poor and consequent rising subjugation of the
burgeoning American underclass -- we're going to sell you a
dream. We're going to sell to you (or really sell to ourselves)
the American mythology of "free enterprise" and "the glories of
monopoly Capitalism." And nobody, and we mean *nobody*, better
mess with our elitist dysfunctional view of how it is in America.
Yes, there will be a massive but discrete security presence. But
do not for one moment think it is there to scare away potential
demonstrators who realize that "Hey, the *world* press will give
us a fair shake. They won't ignore us like the American press
always does." Oh no. The massive security presence is *not*
there to prevent potential embarrassment of the American ruling
class in front of the whole world. The massive security presence
is just there for "safety's sake."