Yay! We’re in that 2 year cycle of ugly nationalism called the Olympics.

Can anybody provide a substantive reason why it matters how many medals a country “wins”?

I use quotes around wins because countries don’t win medals, people do. People happen to be from countries and this is almost always entirely an accident of fate. Often, people don’t even like the countries they’re from for one or many different reasons.

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(Graphic above from Washington Post, August 9, approximately 11am Pacific)

I make this post regularly (approximately every 2 years) and I always include this quote from lyricist Neil Peart (from the song Territories):

Better the pride that resides in a citizen of the world, than the pride that divides when a colorful flag is unfurled.


-JD Cross