By James Donally
I am a pious Scots-Irish Presbyterian Christian. I submit three propositions and one essay.
1. Definition: Democracy: a nation which derives its political authority from its people.
2. Definition: Oligarchy: a nation in which a small group, the “Oligarchs” exercise control for selfish purposes. They are the very rich.
3. Principle: Oligarchic nations collapse. Oligarchs tip so much wealth toward themselves, there is not enough money left over for proper national maintenance. The nation collapses from impoverishment of money and services.
Essay: Is America an Oligarchy yet? Some people think so. A bread-earner might say “yes” when the pink slip comes. Hearing, “Sorry, you have a pre-existing condition,” prompts a “yes.” Pension fund raided? Yeow! that’s a big “yes.” The people who say “yes” feel an Oligarchy.
Let’s talk about Plagues.
The year 1350 saw the Bubonic Plague. The aggrieved breaks out in a dark rash, gets pneumonia, goes into a coma and dies. In the 21st century, we see a “hostile take-over plague.” In this plague, the aggrieved gets a strong desire for other people’s money. He feels he must do a hostile takeover. The disease progresses as: A. Sight in on a decent company. B. Borrow enough money to buy a controlling portion of the stock and become the CEO. C. As the new CEO, cause the company to fail. D. Direct the process of bankruptcy, which includes raiding pension funds, selling equipment and issuing pink-slips. E. Pocket the money and move on to another company. All plagues have a transmitter. The 1350 Plague was transmitted by rats. The 20th-Century Plague is carried by Oligarchic pollen.
Q: What is Oligarchic pollen?
A: Oligarchic pollen is the religious inclinations that arise from the preachings of Reverend John Calvin (B. 1509, and preaching from a pulpit in Geneva.) The pollen in varying degrees is in all-America and British Protestant denominations.
Q: What did Calvin preach?
A: Calvin said “All of the universe is geared to God’s clock. The clock runs on its own. Man can’t change it and God won’t, especially on the issue of being sent to heaven upon death.”
Q: That is harsh. Is there any good news?
A: Yes. Calvin said God might give a person occasional signs about his mortal fate.
Q:. What did the parishioners do?
A: They looked for good signs. They sought to get rich because richness, they thought, would be a good sign they were chosen for heaven. But they became confused, too. Since richness is associated with Heaven, and Heaven is associated with goodness, they thought richness is the same as goodness. Thus Calvin’s axiom got stuck in everyone’s thinking.
Q: What is Calvin’s Axiom?
A: If you are rich, then you are good. If you are poor, you are bad.
Q: How does Calvinism fit in with the emergence of the American Oligarchy?
A: Present-day American Oligarchs (the 1 percent) instinctively think along lines guided by Calvin’s Axiom. They say, “I am rich and therefore I am good. Even when I do things that ‘others’ think is sinful — like unfairly taking away their money.”
The Oligarchs, deluded by this dangerous narcissism, will resist all attempts by the rest of us to balance to fairness the distribution of America’s wealth. Since the Oligarchs do no work toward nation-maintenance, but leave the job to us, we others must win the forthcoming election to keep America from collapsing.
I am a pious, Scots-Irish Presbyterian Christian, and I say: vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the 2012 Presidential election.
James Donally is a Homer resident and retired University of Alaska mathematics professor
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