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(en) France, CNT-AIT, Anarchosyndicalisme #179: AIT against sports madness since 1925 (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 27 Jan 2023 08:26:57 +0200

We will celebrate in December of this year 2022 the centenary of the creation of the AIT (International Association of Workers), the international organization of anarchosyndicalists. ---- This creation is contemporary with that of the rise of major sports competitions, international shows, and particularly the Football World Cup. Indeed, the idea of organizing this competition came to Jules Rimet, the president of FIFA at the time, following the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. ---- Also, it is interesting to see that from this time, and while "spectacle sport" had not yet achieved the pervasive place in society it has today, the delegates to the second AIT congress held in Amsterdam in 1925, almost all of whom were proletarians, took a resolution to encourage "the fight against sporting madness, in order to keep away from it the youth that it could attract. ".

"Sport is today an instrument in the hands of the capitalists to keep the youth away from class struggle and higher spiritual development, making them mechanical, non-conscious beings, instead of creating capable men. to think and act" (Resolution of the 2nd Congress of the AIT in Amsterdam in 1925)
Because already at that time, the anarchosyndicalists had understood the political and ideological stakes behind these sports competitions intended to "entertain" the youth - and in particular the working youth. As the dictionary reminds us, "entertain" can have two meanings: "To entertain by having fun" but also "To distract someone from a concern, for example: To entertain someone from their troubles". As Fabien Ollier, philosopher and director of the magazine "Quel sport? "The mass mobilization of minds around the national teams induces the establishment of an obligatory collective hysteria. All of this is an obvious political diversion, an ideological control of a population.

In times of economic crisis, the only subject that should concern us is the health of our little footballers. It's pitiful.»

"Football competitions heighten nationalist tensions and arouse patriotic emotions of vivid vulgarity and absurdity. Sport provokes a different form of violence, less obvious than a bomb, but absolutely does not contribute to a decline in violence.»[1]

Sport is undeniably political. As such, it generates political values. The current dominant sports model, which is shared by both the left and the right, is that of the most liberal capitalism, based on the principle of performance, hierarchy and competition, and widespread corruption.

For the hundred years of its creation, the AIT through its sections has never ceased to fight against sports hysteria and to carry out boycott campaigns against successive World Cups[2]. This is why in 2022 again, the anarchosyndicalists continue more than ever their struggle for the emancipation of workers, and call for a boycott of the disgusting spectacle of the Qatar World Cup, where more than 6500 workers died for 5760 minutes of football, or more than one death per minute of play!

Members of the CNT-AIT

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