August 15, 2020

TOTW: How Would Anarchists Organise An Inter-National Sports Event?

TOTW: How Would Anarchists Organise An Inter-National Sports Event?

I’ve never come across anyone identifying as an anarchist who is opposed to fun. Arguably, fun seems to be a required aspect of any anarchist-activity, for it not to simply be reproducing workerist narratives that perpetuate the mechanisms of boredom. I find boredom to be absent in spaces of anarchy.

Can anarchists – specifically meaning here anarchists who embrace the idea of egalitarianism through collectivism, communism, communalism etc., – play games that involve a discernible winner and loser though? In communist-anarchist snakes and ladders, do we not all move round the board at the same speed, so as to not leave anyone behind in the revolution (of going up and then back down and the back up and then back down, revolving again and again and again and again)?

If we accept the idea that within an anarchist society we would seek to reproduce every day normal narratives like public transport, agricultural projects and media projects, why would we not also include inter-national (or perhaps inter-communal) sports events, like the Olympic and Para-Olympic games? How would we differentiate winners and losers – or does everyone just get a participation trophy? What sports would we include, if we don’t want to exclude sports that aren’t popular within the consumer-media spectacle of mainstream games?

Are cultural-events like sports tournaments incompatible with this vision of an anarchist society (or any anarchist-society)? Are anarchists then forbidden to play sports, regardless of whether or not they want to enjoy the fun, out of the potential risk of creating a form of social-hierarchy that would contradict egalitarian principles?

-ed. thanks to guest for this topic of the week submission

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