This fascinating discussion offers a penetrating critique of the politics of the world cup, reflecting on the ‘echoes of dictatorship’ that can be seen in the implementation of such a mega event within a country that has only been a democracy for a few decades. If you wonder what the next stage of post-democracy will look like, the political economy of events like the world cup and the olympics would be quite a good place to start. The analogy could certainly be overstated but the opacity of decision making, the naked capture of resource allocation by powerful interests and the increased ‘efficiency’ of judicial processes (‘World Cup courts’ is a terrifying phrase) in order to avoid disruption are all disturbing trends. What would they look like if they’re generalised? I interviewed Andrew Feinstein about similar issues in the South African world cup a few years ago.