Thursday, November 13, 2014

Article Number: 9916

Is Caesarism the Conspiracy?

An enormously popular conspiracy theory (that was perhaps best presented

in Taylor Caldwell's novel, A Pillar of Iron [Life of Cicero]) holds that

the ultimate goal of the ruling class/conspiracy for America consists in

moving from the virtues of "Republic" with its rigorous limits on

government power, rule of law, and checks and balances to the degradation

of unlimited rule or "Caesarism" of one man. This theory implies, but

does not often explicitly state, that America as a social organism is in

morphic resonance a la Sheldrake's Presence of the Past with Rome, perhaps

through the intentional seeding of America by the Founders Fathers with

Roman forms and archetypes: bicameral legislature, Senate, architecture,

etc, etc.

Those unfamiliar with the remarkable parallels between the America's

system and history and that of Rome need to read Amaury de Riencourt's The

Coming Caesars and American Empire and Haskell' New Deal In Old Rome.

While Haskell deals with the parallel resort to collectivist economic

measures under the impoverishing strain and drain of Imperial adventure,

more fundamentally, de Riencourt demonstrates the similarity of America's

and Rome's geopolitical positions, namely that of representing a more

powerful new Imperial embodiment of an old culture--America of

England/Europe and Rome of Greece. Rome was responsible for defending

Greece from the alien Parthian empire to the East as America has been

responsible for defending Europe from the hostile Soviet Union to the

East. De Riencourt examines in detail how under the stress of world

empire and domestic economic pressures the tendency toward mass democracy

culminating in Caesarism is inevitable in the Republican system shared by

America and Rome. Though America has so far avoided the fall into true

Caesarism or "Presidents for Life", Franklin Roosevelt can only be viewed

as a very close call, a close call indeed, and other presidents such as

Jackson, Wilson, and Lincoln have risen to near Caesar status.

Apparently, the American system, in contrast to that of Rome, can provide

an "Imperial Presidency" for the duration of a crisis (Military or

Economic), but return rather smoothly to Congressional Bickering after the

crisis has passed.

Perhaps this helps provide a key to where the Taylor Caldwell theory

that "the conspiracy equals Caesarism" misses the mark. It is not

"Caesarism" that the ruling class/conspiracy wants (Caesar can be as

difficult to control as Congress). It is successful World Imperialism

best typified by Rome. Rome's Empire was not a product primarily of the

Emperors, but of the Republic! The Masonic conspiracy modeled America's

political forms on Rome's because they were forms known to be compatible

with the future World Imperial role they sought for America (Novus Ordo

Seclorum--New Order of the Ages). The Masonic conspiracy fashioned a

Presidency that would be "Imperial" as required, but could always be

checked by the "Money Power" through Congress and the Supreme Court, the

States, or the people to avoid the notorious excesses and "flakiness" of

all powerful Emperors that did much to undermine the Roman Empire.

So far, the question in America remains: whose Congress? whose

President? whose Supreme Court? whose Governor? whose People? The

Vatican's or Queen's? Maybe eventually, if the growing "multi-cultural"

ethnic tribalism and "Balkanization" makes America ungovernable

democratically, Whose Caesar!

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