It is just two days away from the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it has been announced that the UK economy has shrunk by another 0.7% in the last quarter, and a man in Hackney has been forced to take down his Olympic Flags because they are not official. The Olympic Games is, to me, a great metaphor for not only for the UK economy, but also for the global economy.
The enforcement by LOCOG – the Olympic Organising Committee of all things Olympic is a great metaphor for the establishment of the corporate State in which the State acts as subcontractor for Capital, laws have been changed, zoning regulations enforced on the roads, copyright infringement stamped out to eradicate anyone making money that LOCOG could have coined, in effect the State has been operating as agent of LOCOG by enacting legislation specifically for one organisation.
What you can take into the Olympic is strictly controlled, no food – I suppose if I am being charitable it could be argued it could save on litter; and of course you then have to buy the overpriced food of the corporate sponsors. No branded products other than those of the official sponsors (which makes me want to turn wearing one of the logo of one of the non-sponsors) can be worn, advertising on the Olympic routes is strictly controlled and only advertisements of the corporate sponsors can be shown – a violation of free market enterprise if there was ever one! The copyright Police have been working overtime to ensure that any mention of the Olympic Games that can be stopped is. – other than that sanctioned by LOCOG.
The security of the Olympic Games has been farmed out to G4S who have been unable to meet the required numbers and the State has kindly stepped in to lend them some troops – in all about 10% of the UK Armed Forces are policing this event, yes for the security of the people attending, but also to protect corporate interests. The State is now operating on the behalf of capital, and blatantly so. Protests are forbidden. Security is being put in places which, not being too paranoid, could be used to repress democracy. The Olympics seems like a test bed for how far the State can control the population.
Again it is the State that is propping up private capital.
Civil Liberties are being infringed with restrictions on photography – from public places – being challenged by over zealous security guards, the protection of the corporate state over the individual is almost complete. The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 – gave Police the power to act pre-emptively against people who could be protesting against the games.
The utopian ideals of the games are long dead, it now about big business.
In a previous blog I wrote about the squalid conditions the cleaners are working in the Olympic games, 75 people to a shower, and having to pay £18 for accommodation, just another sign how
Of course on the opening night we will, well I won’t, be watching the £40 Million opening spectacle, something to take our minds of the shrinking economy, people on disabilities facing starvation due to the austerity measures and the decreasing freedom we have coupled with increased surveillance – bread and circuses just like in Rome as it teetered on the edge of oblivion.