The Nation, the co-author of The John Carlos Story, and you can find a collection of his work at Edge of Sports. In the interview he discusses the history of the Olympics, their effect on host cities, and, most importantly, how they have become a site of political struggle. You can read the full interview, Resistance: the best Olympic spirit, here.
GE: With the Olympics rapidly approaching, what does history
tell us London can expect over the coming months?
DZ: You will get displacement, you will get an
incredible police crackdown and you will get one hell of a bill when the party
is over – which then has to be paid for. Wherever the Olympics go they act as a
neo-liberal Trojan horse, showing up festooned in a kind of celebratory bunting
and there is an effort to marshal the nation behind it. Some people have dubbed
it “celebration capitalism” insofar as you are meant to celebrate the excess
and greed. Yet when all is said and done you are in some financial trouble. The
explosion of debt after the 2004 Athens Games is one of the least discussed
aspects of the current crisis in Greece. These Olympics were roughly a thousand
per cent over budget! The budget for the 2012 Games has already increased from
£2.4 billion to £11 billion and I have no doubt that the eventual figure will
be far greater.