As “golds” pile up, what underlying values do we bring to the games?

week we’ve turned our eyes to China, the 2008 Games, and the host
of values contained therein. On Monday, I highlighted the link
between global capitalism and the vast Chinese market. On Tuesday, I
juxtaposed the positive with the negative—the possibility that the
Olympics would spur human-rights improvements while noting China’s
deplorable record on human rights.
    On Wednesday, we turned to the even more common values unfolding in American homes between parents and children during the Olympics.

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argued that change is inevitable: “I don’t know if these Olympics
will be the launching point for change, but change is going to come.”
He believes that China is moving in a good direction, and that it will
follow a general pattern seen elsewhere: “the overall, long-term
movement of any society is typically toward more freedom, more openness,
more progressivism.”
Johnson’s comment last Friday in response to that day’s post on
“Othering Obama” is also germane to the discussion this week about
China, globalization, and social change. She asks, “Do we live
in a global village or what? Isn’t America just an island on this great
big earth?”
than skin color,” she says, “we all have the same basic needs as
the rest of the world.” And, she asks, “What are our values?
The same as the rest of the world’s if you only stop, look, listen and
have empathy toward your fellow human.”   

your opinion? Is it possible to find values shared across geography,
cultures, and political systems? Is there a general tendency toward
freedom and openness? What role can or should American values
play in the process?
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