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Congratulations to the people of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil for their right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. It’s their problem now, and good riddance, so Tokyo can heave a sigh for having dodged a bullet. Government here has enough on its plate already — trying to control its foreign residents, deciding which dams to build or not to build, prosecuting celebrities for drug possession, whitewashing history textbooks, etc.

Organized, competitive team sports being what they are make the Olympics a mania-inducing pathology. So there is an element of mental illness involved in them — participating in them, soliciting them, advocating them. They are not the peak of athletic achievement. That is what World Championship tournaments are for. They are not a celebration of the brotherhood of man. That is what universal religion is for. They are not a peaceful gathering of ordinary people so much as a hostile congregation of tribal warriors.

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