Decline, pessimism, feature in closing ceremonies
A Tribute to the Demise of Late CapitalismAug 12th, 2012 | By Heber Dolphy | Category: Featured
Olympic organizers surprised observers Sunday by staging the closing ceremonies as a Tribute to the Demise of Late Capitalism.
The pageant took viewers on a wistful journey through the garish excesses of the past 50 years of pop culture, with a knowing nod to the inexorable decline faced by western democracies in the face of predatory triumphal capitalism.
Young people danced vigorously – oblivious to the explosions going on around them, in a perfect metaphor for the present generation’s hopeless and misguided optimism, as one by one, the structures of democratic governance are dismantled and replaced by oligarchal rule.
Fittingly, the penultimate dance number used fire as a central metaphor for the scouring of traditional civil order and it’s replacement by harsh plutocratic rule.
When sexagenarian rockers The Who took the stage, belting out My Generation as the last number of the night, it was in all likelihood the first time they really meant: “I hope I die before I get old.”