Of all the human experiences, play has one of the greatest potentials to tell us about ourselves. To some, play represents an essence that seems to evoke the child or the animal in a person and it has been argued that humans distinguish themselves precisely by the manner and frequency by which they play. In this topic of the week, we’re looking at the anarchist idea of play.
The spectacle of professional sports, capitalism, and people making millions of dollars to perform in front of an audience seem to have little in common with anarchism. However, anarchists especially those in Europe and Latin America have a rich past of being involved in various sporting clubs, local community organizations, and associations especially with relation to soccer (football).
Games are ubiquitous, and, as they become bigger and bigger money-earners, they're gaining in social cred (here is a link to someone promoting games as a way to solve serious world issues http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_bavelier_your_brain_on_video_games?langu... although the idea of putting so much responsibility on fun seems contradictory).