I saw Made in China’s Gym Party at the Cambridge Junction last week. I liked it.

When and to what extent is competition healthy and when does it become unhealthy?

I’m reminded of Margaret Thatcher’s determination “to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society – from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain,” perhaps most provocatively expressed in her assertion that “there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first.” (transcript of the full interview at http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=106689)

I’m reminded of Noam Chomsky’s thoughts about the socially and environmentally destructive competitive drive of consumerism. “Consumption is individual, so it’s not done as an act of solidarity—so you don’t have ads on television saying, “Let’s get together and build a mass transportation system.” Who’s going to fund that?” – http://www.salon.com/2013/12/01/noam_chomsky_america_hates_its_poor_partner/

And yes. I’m reminded of school sports days.

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Poet and performance maker based in Cambridge and London

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