HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!

Authority within societies has been justified in several ways over the years.

To assume that market forces support democracy or is neutral to it, is a very false notion. Historically, corporate interests do very well under totalitarian regimes, such as fascism or absolute monarchies. During WWII, companies such as IBM, Daimler Benz, Bayer and Fiat prospered.

The pretense of a functioning democracy is a very worthwhile image to keep citizens asleep.

  • Personally, I like that The Lady of the Lake gave a sign by choosing Arthur to wield excalibur. About as good as any other form of government, I reckon.

But this very silly bit shows may point to a more sophisticated truth: Maybe start thinking for yourself instead of just moving shit around?

  • Okay: You’ve been struck across the head with a sharp stick.
  • Something has happened that is “unfair”.
  • What are you going to do about it?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975

Words after a bit

WOMAN Well, ‘ow did you become king then?

ARTHUR The Lady of the Lake,
[angels sing]
Her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur
From the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I,
Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.
[singing stops]
That is why I am your king!

DENNIS Listen – strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

ARTHUR Be quiet!

DENNIS Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ‘cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

ARTHUR Shut up!

DENNIS I mean, if I went around sayin’ I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they’d put me away!

ARTHUR Shut up! Will you shut up!

DENNIS Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

ARTHUR Shut up!

DENNIS Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!

ARTHUR Bloody peasant!

DENNIS Oh, what a give away. Did you here that, did you here that, eh? That’s what I’m on about – did you see him repressing me, you saw it didn’t you?

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