We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Europe has three big problems: The return of the Reich (or the Holy Roman Empire, if you prefer), the return of the Ottomans, and the persistence of state socialism. Learned nothing at all from their long, crazy history.
The drift back to the Holy Roman Empire may be why the USA national security apparatus is mostly SMOM --an attempt to finesse the yr 285 east-west split to Diarchy, under Rome and Constantinople. The HRE ultimately caused the Thirty Years War, absolutely catastrophic, depopulating whole regions for the next hundred years.
If the SMOMs (warrior Jesuits who defeated the Ottomans for control of the Med, at the Seige of Malta September 11, 1565 --Lepanto later was the naval aftershock) of DC and the Orthodox counterparts of Moscow mount a resurgence of the pre-Diocletian Roman Empire (note the Papal break with a 600 year old tradition when Benedict retired in favor of the first Jesuit pope) well, there's your one-world government, new world order, and the updated Fukiyaman 'end of history' all rolled into one.
Listen to wiki answers on 'what is a classical dictator?'
Rome responded to emergencies by appointing an extraordinary magistrate called dictator who was not legally liable for his actions and had an absolute authority which went beyond that of the consuls who were ordinary magistrates and had legal liability for their actions. A dictator could overrule or depose and sentence to death other magistrates. He could rule by decree and change any law, but these lasted only for his term of office. He could also issue new laws without the assemblies' vote, but these were usually put through a vote. He could punish without trial and was exempt from appeal. He could act without consulting the senate, but he usually did. The word did not have the negative connotation it has now and did not imply despotism. His term was only six months as the office was only for dealing with emergencies. His mandate was established by senatorial decree issued prior to his appointment and was defined by the cause of the appointment. It was rei gerundae causa (for the matter to be done). The most common cause was a military emergency. The dictator was given sole lead of the army. This was done to make military command more efficient or to appoint a man with better military leadership skills. Occasionally, a dictator was appointed seditionis sedandae - for putting down rebellion.
This practice was stopped (with the exception of two instances in the second Punic war) after the wars in Italy because it was feared that a man with such great power would be dangerous if he was far from Rome. It was replaced by the Senatus consultum ultimum, a senatorial emergency decree that allowed the consuls to act as they saw fit. Gaius Marius was elected consul six times, five of which were consecutive (107, 105-100 BC) despite a low that prohibited re-election for 10 years because Rome had to deal with barbarian invasions. Sulla was appointed dictator (legibus faciendis et reipublicae constituendae causa, (for the making of laws and the settling of the constitution) at the end of his was against Marius (82 BC). He had thousands of his political opponents executed. It was this that gave the dictatorship a bad name. In 53 BC, the senate, mindful of Sulla' precedent, appointed Pompey sole consul instead of dictator, to deal with domestic unrest. This made him accountable for his actions at the end of his office. Julius Caesar was appointed dictator four times.
Obama's handlers' model? Anyhoo, academia is where these things start, and Georgetown, where Bill Clinton went to law school, is said to be the think tank --and we can see in many places that 1992 is when the current crisis started up. Just for kicks, search [ vigilant citizen sinister sites ].
Georgetown faculty is also challenging the Vatican on the abortion issue --why, if not to become more political and 'lead' the church toward the liberal panacea of lower population, or at least greater political viability against the heretical protestants now gathered under the 'gun culture' rubric.
There's also another scandal, a secret society that comes into view lately, at Georgetown, called "The Stewarts". This has got to be the Stuarts (both spellings accepted, but Stuart is the modern, Stewart the more secret). Stuartism is 'restoration' --which would begin presumably with the fall of the Windsors.
This is the never-quit-boiling Free Ulster Movement, Scots Independence, and King James and the Jacobites war --commenced in modern form over the last 'regular order' royal house of Great Britain before Elizabeth 1's childlessness and some political fine print in an old treaty pretexted the Parliamentary removal of the Catholic Stuarts in favor of the Protestant Hanoverian German cousins who, having changed the name to Windsor during the WW1 vs Germany, rule the vast wealth and power of the square mile AKA 'The City of London' to this day, and, to supporters of the Stuarts, rule as usurpers or pretenders.
I know this all sound nertz --but all those fab wealthy old duffs have to do >something< with their time --and i think this is it, in the terms of the what the dickens is the basic structure of all that we've been seeing.
Karl Marx, writing off the whole idea of the private property that made the GB of the mid-19th century the world super power, was able to avoid having to make a living via his wifes' family money. She was a Stuart descendant, whose forbears had fled to the continent when England cancelled the crown. Marx lived in London --wrote his seminal works in London.
Is communism nothing more than a subchapter in the Jamesian or Stuart Restoration? Like, did his father-in-law say, "See here, young man, I'll put you on salary if you'll move to London and subvert the government" --?
...and, keeping in mind Prince William, the "Tudor Rose", that the post-wedding news, or post-wedding release of the news, that the new bride Kate, preggars now, is also, like William's mother Diana, a Stuart descendant, watch this recent but already 23 million hit youtube:
--what i was getting at is, the forces in play right now are aiming behind and beyond the duct-tape & baling-wire HRE --they're after Pax Romana II.
"Pax Romana" --'Roman Peace'. Matter of fact, Pax Romana worked most of the time over most of the empire for most of 800 years --not bad --unless you were a slave, or Vercingetorix, or Cleopatra, or the post-Cannae Hannibal.