Sunday, April 18, 2004

The USA Channel Spartacus Movie
What really brought down the Roman Republic? Lots of people have lots of arguments, but no one seriously thinks that it was Crassus becoming Consul. That's not what USA Theocratic Networks want you to believe. They want you to think that the rich guy, Crassus, was what ended it all. Sounds like anti-rich propaganda. One thing that really happened was the Romans, to win, promised their soldier's a lot. They couldn't always pay. The veterans found a hero in the very wealthy Marius, who basically formed his own army. The forces of Sulla and Marius alternatively controlled Rome for a while, and whoever was in charge killed 100s, maybe 1000s, of his opponents supporters. Eventually, Marius was killed. Gaius Julius Caesar was the nephew of Marius. I've heard that GJ Caesar was primarily interested in his own interests, and the veterans were a vehicle for him. The veterans do not make a force in America today like they did in Rome. The evil in Washington, DC is far less problematic. It's mostly just a lack of accurate intelligence. The whole peice of theocratic agitprop (and yes, there is anti-theocrat messages, but then again, what will ring longest in the heads of each side that cares to listen?) ends without showing how Spartacus was crushed. In fact, the movie ends with a heroic Spartacus. They showed this two-hour "special" at least 4 times in a short period of time. This work seems like an attempt to lure people to stupid revolutions, specifically, in NYC in September. The GOP would love riots in September at their Convention in NYC (as if New York State didn't give the President the second least percentage of any State) to try to win like 1968.

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