peculiar apostles of Olympism, while for himself, the "spiritual father" of theOlympic movement, he envisaged the role of the "high priest" of modern Olympic paganism. The head office of the IOC became the new Vatican. In view of Coubertin's aspirations to turn Olympism into the dominant (religious, philosophical and scientific) thought of the modern era, which will supply peoplewith a new purpose of life, we are clearly dealing with a peculiar messianicmission. What distinguishes Coubertin is the fact that he appears as "The Restorer"(
) of the ancient Olympic Games - meaning a messenger of thegods of Olympus and thus the organic link between Hellenic and moderncivilizations.
Basing himself on the view that the Greeks "little devotedthemselves to thinking, and even less to books", Coubertin wished to create a positive man and build a positive society. However, being a scribomaniac (he published over 600 books, essays and speeches), he obviously disregarded thevery principle he established as one of the foundations of positive life. Coubertinshould not be taken at his word. The analysis of his writings clearly shows thatthey were not intended to prompt the reader to consider the crucial existentialquestions, but to make him fanatical and induce him to follow the interests of the parasitic ruling classes. Coubertin's Olympic writings are a synthesis of political pamphlets and "truths" that seek to assume a biblical character. They do notdevelop a critical and libertarian, but an apologetic and submissive conscious, andthus correspond to the "practical" philosophy they represent.The myth of Coubertin is based on the assertion that he devoted his life tothe creation of a "better world" governed by "peace" and "cooperation betweennations", and that it was the reason why he "restored" the ancient Olympic Gamesand inspired them with a "new" spirit. If that is so, the question is: why are theworks of Pierre de Coubertin - whose written legacy amounts to over 60,000 pages- unknown to the public? How is it possible that in most countries, in which the100
anniversary of the modern Olympic Games was pompously celebrated, not asingle line from Coubertin's writings has been published? To make things evenmore bizarre, the main censors of Coubertin's work are the official "guardians" of his Olympic idea. The major reason for the Olympic gentlemen to assume such anattitude towards the "divine baron" lies in the fact that in his main worksCoubertin appears as a militant representative of the European bourgeoisie, whoelaborates
the strategy and tactics of dealing with working "masses", women and"lower races". Coubertin's political writings are political instructions to rulers of the world how to efficiently deal, by means of sport and physical drill, with thestruggle for liberation of the oppressed and establish a global supremacy. It is oneof the main reasons why, even six decades after his death, the gentlemen from theIOC, together with those from the national Olympic Committees, do not consider publishing Coubertin's collected works, presenting instead to the public excerptsfrom his writings in the form of
from whichalmost everything indicative of the true nature of his Olympic doctrine has beenomitted. Since Coubertin openly stated that capitalism was an unjust order -