What the Olympics Can Teach Us About a Better Kind of Nationalism

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What the Olympics Can Teach Us About a Better Kind of Nationalism

Vox, 2.19.18

Opinion-editorial by David Papineau, a professor of philosophy at King’s College London and at The Graduate Center. He writes, "The Olympics 'indulge precisely what they claim to transcend: the world’s basest instinct for tribalism,' wrote the historian David Clay Large in 2016. At a time of rising nationalism across the globe, including President Donald Trump’s embrace of an America First stance in trade and foreign policy, perhaps we’d be better off without these international sports contests. My own view is that the alarmists are mistaken. As I see it, international sport can’t help but boost understanding and counteract chauvinism. It is a natural leveler."

Submitted on: FEB 19, 2018

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