Saucers of Mud

January 3, 2009

Where Are the Marxists?

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 8:39 am

In complaining about corporate sponsors of bowl games, Jon Chait writes:

I wish, just once, the sideline reporter or play-by-play announcer who conducts this nauseating ritual would turn out to be a Marxist mole willing to immolate his career for one glorious on-air moment. Instead of reading from his cue card, he would say, “Capitalist Pig, last year most of your workforce earned wages that would not allow them to raise a family outside of poverty, while you took home $473 million, including a private jet and your own vacation island. Meanwhile this arrangement is hammered home by the ubiquitous corporate logos plastered over every inch of the stadium. Give me one good reason why the crowd shouldn’t tar and feather you right here on the spot.”

Sadly, all the Marxists are in academia rather than broadcast sports. That’s the problem with Marxists. They’re everywhere you don’t want them to be and nowhere you really need them

Well well well, according to no less an authority than Senator-elect Al Franken football broadcaster Dan Dierdorf is a member of the Socialist Workers’ Party.* That would surely give national football broadcasters a higher per capita representation than academics. On the other hand, I’ve read a fair amount of Marx, and I don’t recall anything about corporate sponsorship of bowl games. Maybe it was in the German Ideology; never could make head or tail of that.

*Since I haven’t been able to find anything else that remotely confirms that, it’s possible that the Senator-Elect was joking.



  1. Was the Senator-elect joking, if the joke was made in 2000?

    Comment by Matt's mom — January 6, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

  2. Sure, if the description “The Senator-Elect” has wider scope than the past tense operator. Which I hear people don’t think is an operator.

    Comment by Matt W — January 7, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

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