Section VI: A New World Order

After any catastrophe, most people not only willingly, but eagerly give up their freedoms in favor of a sense of security. This is an open call for tyranny.

This access route is built into any government modeled after the Roman republic.

The founders of the Roman Republic, like the American founding fathers, placed checks and balances on the power of their leaders. The Romans, however, came up with a way to sidestep these checks and balances when strong leadership was needed, such as a time of crisis. The Senate could vote to grant absolute power to one man, called a dictator, for a temporary period…the dictatorship was limited to six months or even less if the crisis passed. If a dictator refused to step down, he could be forcibly removed.

The Roman dictator’s power was absolute. He could rule by decree. He could even order executions without a trial. For centuries, Roman dictators served when duty called and gave up power when their terms ended.

The Dictatorship of Julius Caesar

By 53 B.C., factions in the Senate had paralyzed the Roman government. The annual consul [senator] election degenerated into a contest of who could bribe the most voters. Street riots erupted. In a desperate move to restore order, the assembly elected General Gnaeus Pompey to serve as sole consul for a year. Informally, Pompey shared power with two other powerful generals—Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus. Crassus was the general who had defeated Spartacus. And Caesar was the governor and military conqueror of Gaul. [Europe, whose indigenous tribes, like the American Indians, threatened Italy’s northern border and prevented safe expansion of Rome’s territory. Exactly like George Washington rising to power by fighting the Indians.] This military committee became known as the First Triumvirate.

In 49 B.C.E., Caesar did mass his legions at the border between Gaul and Italy. Foes of Caesar spread the word that Caesar was about to invade Italy with his army….

The Senate demanded that Caesar give up his provincial command. Caesar answered by leading his army across the Rubicon River into Italy. This “crossing of the Rubicon” was an act of war, since a Roman general was forbidden to lead an army outside the province he governed. [Again, think George Washington rebelling against the British government.] Pompey and most of the senators fled the country…

By 45 B.C., Caesar had defeated all the troops loyal to Pompey. The Senate acclaimed him “Liberator” [from the war HE created!] and made him dictator for 10 years… in February 44 B.C., Caesar was made dictator for life…he was assassinatedonly a few days later.

Caesar’s death plunged Rome into 17 years of civil war. The warfare finally ended when Octavian, Caesar’s [nephew and] adopted son, became the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. Although the forms of the Republic such as the Senate and the election of the consuls continued, the emperor held all power. Democracy in Rome was dead and dictatorship had won.

The Caesars’ rise to power is the modus operandi for all successive dictators hungry for more power but limited by the restrictions of a monarchical or democratic form of government.

Our Western culture prides itself on the Re-naissance, the Re-birth, of revered Roman civilization after a millennium of the loss of Roman government resulted in constant war with barbarians, famine, plagues and death during the Dark Ages.

In Florence [the heart of the Renaissance] the sublime and terrible go hand in hand...The Piazza della Signoria, the main square, contains an open-air display of Roman and Renaissance sculpture exhibiting some of the most famous statues in Florence. It is a gallery of horrors, a public exhibition of killing, rape, and mutilation unmatched in any city in the world. Heading the show is the famous bronze sculpture by Cellini of Perseus [demigod son of Zeus] triumphantly holding up the severed head of Medusa like a jihadist on a website video, blood pouring from her neck, her decapitated body sprawled under his feet. Behind Perseus stand other statues depicting famous legendary scenes of murder, violence, and mayhem…Inside Florence’s encircling walls and on the gibbets outside were committed the most refined and the most savage of crimes…For centuries, Florence projected its power over the rest of Tuscany at the cost of ferocious massacres and bloody wars.

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...As the fifteenth century dawned, Florence hosted one of those inexplicable flowerings of genius that have occurred…It would later be called the Renaissance, the “rebirth”, following the long darkness of the Middle Ages.

Between the birth of Masaccio in 1401 and the death of Galileo in 1642, Florentines largely invented the modern world. They revolutionized art, architecture, music, astronomy, mathematics, and navigation. They created the modern banking system with the invention of the letter of credit…More than that, Florence invented the very idea of the modern world. With the Renaissance, Florentines threw off the yoke of medievalism, in which God stood at the center of the universe and human existence on earth was but a dark, fleeting passage to the glorious life to come. The Renaissance placed humanity at the center of the universe and declared this life as the main event. The course of Western civilization was changed forever.

The Florentine Renaissance was largely financed by a single family, the Medicis

A Dominican monk by the name of Savonarola…began to preach fire and brimstone, railing against the decadence of the Renaissance…

His message resonated among common Florentines, who had watched with disapproval the conspicuous consumption and great wealth of the Renaissance and its patrons…Their discontent was magnified by an epidemic of syphilis, carried back from the New World, which burned through the city. It was a disease Europe had never seen before, and it came in a far more virulent form than we know today, in which the victim’s body became overspread with weeping pustules, the flash sagging and falling from the face, the stricken sinking into fulminating insanity before death mercifully carried them off…In this climate Savonarola found a receptive audience…

[But] Under Savanorola’s rule, Florence sank into economic decline…the young and shiftless began openly defying his edicts. In 1497, a mob of young men rioted during one of Savonarola’s sermons; the riots spread and became a general revolt taverns reopened, gambling resumed, and dancing and music could once again be heard echoing down Florence’s crooked streets.

Savonarola…made the fatal mistake of turning his criticisms on the church itself. The pope excommunicated him and ordered him arrested and executed. An obliging mob…dragged him out. He was charged with a slew of crimes, among them “religious error.” After being tortured on the rack for several weeks, he was hung in chains from a cross in the Piazza della Signoria…and burned [slowly roasted].

The Renaissance resumed.

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The 20th century was primarily a series of wars in the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, British, German, Russian, Chinese, and now American, empires. All of them were grounded in the ideology of the template modern revolution – the atheist, humanistic French Revolution, of which it was astutely predicted: “From this place, and from this day forth begins a new era in the history of the world. (Goethe to the defeated German soldiers after the Battle of Valmy.)

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Deceptively, America’s “New” World Order is just a re-serving of the oldest, including more war.

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