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Misappropriation of terms

Day 1,875, 23:46 by wingfield

Politicians, religious leaders and despots love to appropriate symbols, practices, concepts, names and heroes, rarely with any particular honesty, but mainly for their own purposes.

The story of the re-conversion of Britain to Christianity by Augustine of Canterbury includes the orders of Pope Gregory to usurp the pagan altars, deities and holy days and incorporate them into Christian ritual, although it is doubtful whether the spirits of the deities appreciated being demoted to mere sainthood!

History has a surfeit of examples of an appeal for freedom and liberty from those whose true objective was to rule and enslave others. Treason and tyranny have often been the means to “establish”, “preserve” or “restore” “freedom”.

Then there are the popular or iconic heroes, whose name is invoked in posterity to achieve the opposite principles of the historical figures. In the eUS, we see several of these disturbing activities, not confined, sadly, to the PTOer community.

True, the name of “freedom” is purloined as always in the name of the main front for our chief internal opponent and he himself has stolen the name of a true American hero who somehow managed to draw the support and respect of both sides of politics.

However, we see in our home community signs of the adoption of historical symbols, mindless slogans and religious imposition. The eUS does not follow the RL American Constitution but the Founding Fathers knew what they were talking about when they insisted on the separation of Church and State.

There is no room for a fake religion in eRep, even when the nominal deity is co-opted from a meme based on cartoon characters. It is disturbing when game characters assume to themselves the same name and endlessly spam the rest of us with it.

Mindless slogans taken from a long dead militarist empire do nothing for the ordinary citizen either. I saw a comment in a shout feed that there was a reason that particular empire fell. I should suggest that there were many reasons, two of which were the proliferation of tyranny and favouritism, combined with the fatal alliance with an emerging religion from the East of the empire. My own comment in the particular shout feed was that the sewer access covers in the modern city still bear the symbol of the long dead empire.

Other abuses in the name of freedom include the suppression or perversion of democracy in the name of resisting an external threat. The first casualty of any such arrangement is accountability. Those in control of the emergency measures turn them into a means of oppression in themselves.

How can anyone claim to be speaking for unity when the person selected to represent the so-called majority is chosen by around five to ten per cent of the actual electorate. Placing decisions in the control of an unrepresentative forum is simply disenfranchisement of the majority.

When an existing order has been in control for too long, as has been the case for four years in the eUS, fatal weaknesses creep into the system. The average Congressional experience of each new elected Congress has gradually risen, not a problem in itself, but exacerbated when only those in charge of parties actually get to decide who holds winnable positions on party tickets. The resulting weakness is the frustration and marginalisation of new blood.

Even worse for the body politic is the selection for unelected and unaccountable Cabinet positions either the same old time-servers or sycophantic and treacherous newcomers from other countries, able to become citizens due to association with the right people but without scrutiny of their activities in other governments, including gross abuse of power.

When the State is rotten and corrupt, even a worthy cause such as fighting PTOers can be fatally weakened. We must reform the “unity” process immediately and give the parties back to their members. The time-servers and sycophants must be cleared out from the executive. The pseudo-religious nonsense must be jettisoned and those who support cheating and multiple accounts must be discredited.


 

Comments

wingfield
wingfield Day 1,875, 23:46

Think about it!

Candor
Candor Day 1,875, 00:14

I always enjoy your articles W. Good to have you back!

olivermellors
olivermellors Day 1,875, 00:23

Could you add the following to your list of good points. Concepts of tyrany, freedom, patriotism, valour, courage, and country have absolutely no place in this game.

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 1,875, 00:31

Excellent analysis of the current state of our nation; I am in agreement with Candor, it is good to see you've returned and posted this article.

The establishment which has existed since WWIII in fall 2009 has had questionable motives during its pursuit of lofty goals. Unity must be reexamined through renewed cooperation in order to be effective.

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Day 1,875, 01:06

Very well written

Archfeldspar
Archfeldspar Day 1,875, 01:56

Sounds like Thomas Jefferson to me.

Detroit34
Detroit34 Day 1,875, 02:07

Voted

Quintus Modius
Quintus Modius Day 1,875, 02:15

SPQR IN OUR MINDS
SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
NOW AND FOREVER

Phoenix Quinn
Phoenix Quinn Day 1,875, 03:18

And I might add: the mindless repetition of slogans is generally the sign of something banal.

Stilton
Stilton Day 1,875, 03:23

All this SPQR talk reminds me of this :-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIAdHEwiAy8

Drew Blood
Drew Blood Day 1,875, 03:35

When you are so simple minded you can't think on your own...steal from the past a political system which failed because it embraced religion...after telling everyone that religion won't work in game, create a religion based on a cartoon...use the principle of 'the bigger the lie'...repeat a mindless slogan in repetition in spam all over the game....

Rexdeus
Rexdeus Day 1,875, 05:01

great read.

V!

Christopher Edwards II
Christopher Edwards II Day 1,875, 05:29

Voted hard and subscribed!

Hampton H. Hampton
Hampton H. Hampton Day 1,875, 09:05

I can't decide if that spammed "SQIRT" slogan is stupid or annoying or both. I know the folks spamming it are both as most have no idea what it means and are just soon it because someone that they think is ecool is doing it and they think it will make them ecool.

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,875, 10:44

Interesting read

voted up

Andrew Carnagie
Andrew Carnagie Day 1,875, 12:08

Any deification of politics is dangerous.

Syz2
Syz2 Day 1,875, 16:13

I like this article, well written and good point.

Imauts
Imauts Day 1,875, 16:45

TL DR

Xrune
Xrune Day 1,875, 16:57

Not gonna lie, while in reality this all applies, this is a game. I personally think that this SPQR concept could result in something fun and interesting, and at least it differs from the normal, repetitive and mediocre concept of epolitics

The Valeyard
The Valeyard Day 1,876, 23:12

tl;dr

Iliya The Great
Iliya The Great Day 1,876, 02:14

voted

joshua tucker
joshua tucker Day 1,876, 21:45

good read, and as for the SPQR, I dunno if it is gonna be a pain in the ass, or the way forward, but still, the world ( and this one in particular) is what we make of it, so I'll reserve my judgement 'til later.

 
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