While doing some research on the Rise and Fall of Rome I came across a documentary called ‘Empires: Order from Chaos’ about the reign of Caesar Augustus that gave me a new perspective of the welfare class.
Leading up to the 1st Century A.D. and continuing to the Fall of Rome there was a class of citizens called the Plebeians who were the general body of citizens that were distinguished from slaves. Although they were ‘free’, they were primarily comprised of what would be considered lower class and uneducated, though some were able to become quite wealthy.
If you have your thinking cap on you will have already recognized that if you have a ‘general body of free citizens’ then you need folks to rule them. In the case of Rome, they were called Patricians. The term is synonymous with Aristocrat today and I would argue that it is also synonymous with Congressman or Senator. They rule the common people.
Now to my point. The documentary I listed above made mention of the plebeians of Rome and how they were in reality a mob that was essentially the strong-arm of Augustus. They were housed and fed primarily by the State (Augustus) and could easily be whipped up into a frenzy by those that provided for them. Remind you of anyone?
I’ll bet you can see where I’m going with this. If you keep up with polling and take notice of how many people agree with ‘Obama’s’ policies you will notice that about 40% consistently favor policies that redistribute wealth to the modern-day Plebeians. This figure does not represent just Plebeians, it also represents the Patricians that are required to actually do the redistributing.
So what does this tell us? Less than half of Americans are needed to rule the American people, but it takes both Plebeians and Patricians to make rulers. This is a symbiotic relationship, one cannot exist without the other and the Patricians will always exist as long as there are Plebeians.
So this tells us that in order to remove the influence of the Patricians, we must first reduce the number or power of the Plebeians. What is the best way to do this peacefully?
Think about it, because the End is Far . . .
Steve A Morris