Essay: Why Do We Go from Here?

Or should we create an event called the embarrathon? No outright boycotts permitted, but somewhere on the regular schedule of every Olympics would be an occasion for any participating nation to needle or humiliate any other nation. Medals would be presented, as in the athletic events, but in the embarrathon both winners and losers would be asked to mount the platforms so that the world might jeer or smirk as it chose. Or are we getting desperate?

It may be heartening to point out that in the long and murky history of the...

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