Communists: Don’t ‘politicize, disrupt or boycott the Beijing Olympics’

The Communist Party USA has issued a statement concerning the fast approaching 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. In reference to outcry from some quarters concerning China’s human rights record, often specifically focused on Tibet, the CPUSA has echoed the line of IOC President Jacques Rogge for preserving the Olympics’ tradition of political neutrality:

It is no secret that there are many who would like to do whatever is possible to undermine China’s status as a peacefully rising power. We urge the world community to respect China and not interfere in its internal affairs.

While in general we believe everyone has the right to dissent, we fully agree with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, who said:

“We do ask that there be no propaganda or demonstrations at Olympic Games venues for the very good and simple reason that we have 205 countries and territories represented, many of whom are in conflict, and the Games are not the place to take political or religious stances.”

We believe that any call for a boycott of the Beijing games should be completely rejected.

Interestingly, the statement lauds China’s achievements made “in the last 25 years,” which very roughly coincides with China’s moves away from doctrinaire Communism. The full text, which includes the broader rationalizations underlying the statement, can be found here.

11 thoughts on “Communists: Don’t ‘politicize, disrupt or boycott the Beijing Olympics’

  1. G.E.

    The fact that the Communist Party shares the same basic principles as the Democrats and Republicans says a lot.

    The Olympics is one giant celebration of statism, whether they take place in China or Galt’s Gulch.

  2. G.E.

    I used to like pro sports. Never the statist slave collegiate system. But now even the supposedly “private” leagues are thoroughly statist, so I’m thinking about giving up fantasy football this year.

  3. G.E.

    The NFL glorifies war. All of the leagues blackmail cities and states into paying for their stadiums. They all subject themselves to congressional show-trials. And on and on.

  4. Mike Theodore

    1st point-agreed
    2nd point-unaware of that
    3rd point-Like the steroid things? Your starting to sound like Jingozian.

    Under Libertarian, GE principles, can I still watch high school football, or should I not go in protest of public schools? 😀

  5. inDglass

    I don’t see what role the government should play in the Olympics. The private sports organizations can successfully allow athletes to compete for spots on the Olympic teams, then get them on their planes to whatever country is hosting.

    As for boycotting, what difference does it make who is hosting? How are the atrocities that allegedly occur on behalf of the Chinese government any different than those committed by the U.S. government?

  6. G.E.

    “How are the atrocities that allegedly occur on behalf of the Chinese government any different than those committed by the U.S. government?”

    China isn’t as bad.

  7. Trent Hill

    I think thats a bit much GE.
    While the US is trending towards socialism, and already has certain elements of fascism–it is nowhere near as bad as China.

  8. G.E.

    How many Iraqis did China kill this past month?

    How many fake governments have they set up all over the world?

    Which countries do they threaten with annihilation if they refuse to accept our worthless money as if it were gold?

    China’s internal suppression is a lot worse than the U.S.’s — but on a global scale, there is absolutely no comparison. The U.S. is easily the most evil government in the history of mankind. Even if China is #2 it is a distant second.

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