The Empire Is in PlayOctober 2nd, 2007

The ongoing presidential campaigns are about who shall wear the crown and wield the sword of the empire. Unless there’s some sort of revolution, an emperor shall be selected and a court shall be assembled to carry out the will of the emperor and the imperial lords and ladies.

Despite occasional factional disputes, members of the imperial ruling class–Democrats and Republicans alike–have achieved remarkable consensus on the need to preserve the status quo, including the maintenance of a constant state of war and a disabling debt. They understand that they are defying the will of the people, and it is of no consequence to them. Their power has been purchased for them, and the money doesn’t flow if they upset the status quo.

The rich–for it is the rich who rule both parties–buy potential leaders for us peons to select from, and they also tell us what to believe. Occasionally we select somebody they can’t buy, but it doesn’t happen often enough to have any discernible effect. It’s a foregone conclusion that the emperor and court will be chosen from among candidates the rich have endowed.

We serfs might deny it, but bloodshed validates the imperial ruling class. The power over life and death is intoxicating to them. Ask a Bush. Ask a Clinton. Ask a Rockefeller. So revered are our leaders that ordinary families will sacrifice their children to glorify them. This knowledge is positively sublime. The rulers claim it ennobles all of us.

Debt worries our imperial rulers not at all. It’s not their debt. In fact, the debt enriches them, because they and their patrons are the recipients of most of the borrowed money, controlling, as they do, supplies of all the necessities of life, including money itself. Ordinary people pay with lifelong servitude accompanied by a degraded quality of life.

Ironically, the rulers are ever aware of what the people can’t seem to bring to consciousness: that they are seldom more than a hair’s breadth from the gallows, the assassin and, worse, defeat at the polls. When you see them in their careful coiffures and read the self-serving accounts of their exploits as statesmen, reminded, as you must be, of strutting sycophants, the cream of the empire in powdered wigs, resist the urge to laugh or look away. They are enemies of democracy, and they are dangerous enemies of republican government and the rule of law. They must be confronted and engaged. They must face rude justice.