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Liberal Future Debate (3) – Do Sport And Politics Mix?

FC Barcelona seem to have no problem mixing sport and politics.

Do sport and politics mix? That’s the question posed by Liberal Future’s third debate.

At first glance, one would expect the answer to be a simple yes or no. However, on reflection, the question is maybe not as clear cut as one would think.

That’s because both the establisments of various nations as well as political activists opposed to such states have become involved in mixing sport and politics to one degree nor another.

Totalitarian regiemes in particular use sport to project an image of the state itself. Usually this image is very macho, ‘urgent’ and efficient. The 1936 Summer Olympics, held in National Socialist Germany would probably be the best example of this.

However, liberal democratic states aren’t exactly behind the door when it comes to using sport to promote an ‘approved’ image. However, the techniques are slightly more subtle than those employed by totalitarians. Here, ‘economic growth’, ‘tolerance’ and ‘regeneration’ are the watchwords. One of the best examples here must be London Mayor Boris Johnston using the 2012 Summer Olympics as a homage to capitalism.

Sport has often been used as a recruiting ground for anti-establishment and extremist political groups as well.

For instance, in football some Ultras groups have definite politcal leanings. In Scotland, Celtic’s Green Brigade is an “openly political” group. It would see itself as anti-fascist, anti-racist and pro-Irish Republican. (1) Hamburg-based FC St. Pauli is another club which attracts leftist Ultras. (2, 3)

Rightist Ultras groups include Lazio’s Irriducibili who are largely a fascist grouping (4) and Real Madrid’s Ultras Sur (5) who appear to be National Socialist/Nazi in outlook.

In Britain, FC Barcelona (6) seems to be everyone’s favourite second club. But how many people who wear the famous claret and blue kit know that the club effectively mixes sport and politics with its proud promotion of all things Catalonian:

“The slogan “more than a club” expresses the commitment that Futbol Club Barcelona has maintained and still maintains beyond what belongs in the realm of sport. For many years, this commitment specifically referred to Catalan society, which for many decades of the 20th century lived under dictatorships that persecuted its language and culture. Under these circumstances, Barça always supported Catalan sentiments, and the defense of its own language and culture. It was because of this that, even though Catalan was not an official language, in 1921 the club drafted its statutes in the language of Catalonia. It was also in this era that in 1918 the club adhered to a petition for a statute of autonomy for Catalonia, which was being demanded from all sectors of the catalanista movement.”

We could go on forever and a day highlighting the ‘official and ‘unofficial’ links between politics and sport, but two more examples should suffice.  When MP Peter Hain (7) was a student, he engaged in a campaign of non-violent direct action aimed at opposing the South African cricket team’s 1970 tour of Britain. Years later, Margaret Thatcher (8) sought a British boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Therefore the question remains: Do sport and politics mix? Let us know your views – simply check out the debate at Facebook/Liberal Future today!

CHECK OUT Liberal Future’s first debate here: http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-debate-1-%e2%80%93-should-we-lower-the-voting-age-throughout-the-uk

CHECK OUT Liberal Future’s second debate here: http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-debate-2-must-the-earth-die-screaming

(1) http://ultras-celtic.com/main/

(2) http://rebelultras.com/2014/02/10/history-of-fc-st-pauli/

(3) http://n.ink-live.com/features/2014/01/punk-politics-football

(4) http://forzaitalianfootball.com/2011/09/italian-football-book-review-football-fascism-and-fandom-by-alberto-testa-and-gary-armstrong/

(5) http://ultrassur88.blogspot.co.uk/

(6) http://www.fcbarcelona.com/#

(7) http://peterhain.org.uk/

(8) http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/why-thatchers-attempt-to-boycott-the-1980-moscow-olympics-failed

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Open Your Eyes … And Say YES To A Free Ulster!

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Mass Immigration Makes Slaves Of Us All!

Globalism = Mass Immigration = Slavery

THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY is opposed to mass i.e. largely unrestricted – immigration.

Our opposition is based on grounds of sustainability, a democratic deficit (in that ordinary working folks were never asked if they were in favour of our immigration policies) and the fact that immigrants are used as slave labour and tax fodder to keep the the super-rich elite in their plush lifestyles.

We’ve noted several times that mass immigration is a direct result of globalisation – itself an extension of capitalism.

This is because globalism allows for the free movement of capital and labour between various states.  This means that any industry can ‘up sticks’ and chase – and exploit – the lowest wages anywhere in the world.  At the same time some nations see massive influxes of foreign workers, who understandably want to improve their lives, but the result of their movement places enormous strains upon local services and can suppress wages.

In a nutshell, globalism forces the poorest to escape their own counties (whether they be ‘poorer’ nations within Europe, which have unlimited access, or nations outside of Europe) to seek work in, what has been termed, a ‘supposed European Eldorado’.

However, this has made slaves of us all!

Indeed, mass immigration has created a new ‘war’ between the poor of all nations.  Here, indigenous workers (the ‘old slaves’) find themselves un or under employed as capitalism indiscriminately exploits immigrant workers on an industrial scale.  These immigrants have become the ‘new slaves’

Capitalists will ‘justify’ their actions by claiming that British workers are lazy and don’t want to work anymore.  They also say that immigrants do jobs that Britons don’t want to do anymore.

This is a lie.  The truth is that many Britons will not accept the starvation wages they are offered.  Would anyone actually work for wages that are below their survival threshold?

The National Liberal party once again calls for an end to mass, inorganic and unrestricted immigration.

We have no problem with immigrants per sae (as apart from political refugees who are always welcome) who can bring much-needed skills to the workplace.  However, we accept that unlimited immigration can put an intolerable strain on our social support infrastructure.  We need to strike a healthy balance.  We have to block unrestricted immigration (which is largely EU driven) before it goes well beyond the tolerance threshold.

We need to stop such levels of immigration before we all – indigenous as well as immigrant worker – become absolute slaves to globalism!

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