Quixote, the Usurper, and the Prophet from Nowhere (A Political Allegory)
In a nation called America, a place which pains us to recall, there lived a gentleman who kept a laptop close at hand, with a bevy of bookmarks connected to an enormous database called the Internet.
this gentleman had free time from his employ as a technical writer and
part-time professor, and later, as a full-time professor of English and
Cultural Studies, he spent it writing indignant essays and organizing
protests against the Usurper of his land, the Evil One, George W. Bush.
Previously to this excursus into political jousting, this gentleman had not really concerned himself with activism or politics in general. Rather, he had been a writer of another kind-of academic essays in Critical Theory and the history of British science and culture. But having been enraged by the apparent Coup undertaken by the Republican band on behalf of the Usurper, our Quixote organized spectacular protests to defame Bush and his hegemonic tribe. He vowed, along with the organization of Rebels whom he collected, to bring down this Usurper and to restore the Republic to its rightful order. He flew his banner of protest over the Super Bowl, the ultimate gladiator battlefield of the land, in the year 2001 held coincidentally at the very scene of the Criminal Coup.
He had entertained no particular affection for the party whose representative had legitimately won the election. But the principle of restoration was a higher, nobler end. His antipathy for the usurpation had to do with the will of a relative minority imposing itself against that of a majority. He even experienced many betrayals by those whose rightful place he sought to restore. They turned from his cause with apparent diffidence and disdain. They disclaimed the Rebels and sounded the gavel to restore the (however false) order of land.
Then Infiltrators, another enemy, were reported to have attacked the nation, piercing its borders and assaulting its most treasured assets-the war and financial centers.
Most, even those putatively sympathetic with the cause of restoration, turned against all of those, like our Quixote, who continued to protest the Usurper and had misgivings about both the explanation given for the new confidence bestowed on him, and the course of action which he was bent on taking.
Our Quixote had predicted as much soon after the Coup. Nothing surprised him, except, for a short while, the vitriol of erstwhile allies in the fight against the Evil One.
After a four year nightmare to which the nation was only beginning to wake, fraudulence again prevailed. The Rebels kept on, even after national voices from the side of the victims again sounded resignation and acceptance.
Four more years, more war, more torture, more cost of life and lucre-the Rebels continued their fight. Many said that our Quixote warred not only against windmills, but also against reason itself. Nothing seemed to daunt him and his Rebels, however.
After another four years, from Nowhere, a new Prophet came forth, a fresh voice come in from a wilderness of racial discrimination and an extremely unlikely rise to prominence-promising change and restoration through the legitimate processes of election. Given all the experiences of betrayal, having been the objects of ridicule and scorn from the new Prophet's very party, the Rebels were naturally skeptical of this new voice. But against their skepticism they gave him some benefit of doubt.
Promising to overturn the policies and practices of the Usurper's band, the prospects for redressing the evils, if not reversing and declaring illegitimate the means by which they came into being, seemed possible. Although suspicions lingered, the Rebels supported the objectives of the newly risen Prophet from Nowhere. While others seemed more likely connected with sufficient forces to do better in the redress of evils, the Rebels lent some tentative support, in word if not in deed, to the same, the same who promised to be anything but the same.
another crisis struck just prior to the ultimate contest between the Prophet
from Nowhere and the Usurper's successor. This time, the main financial
centers suffered an internal collapse during which Value Itself seemed
How surprised then were the Rebels when the Prophet from Nowhere chimed in with the Usurper and his successor, recommending the very same solution to the crisis. How surprised to hear the same kinds of warnings from the Usurper as after the Infiltrator's attack-that if nothing was done, the nation was done. But more surprising was the agreement between the new change agent and the Usurper's support for the Financial Oligarchs. The recommended solution was that People bail out Financial Oligarchs in order to save the Economy. The cost to the People would be enormous, but it was a price they would either pay, or face the loss of their jobs, businesses and homes-or so the Usurper claimed. The Prophet from Nowhere concurred.
sent chills up the spine of our Quixote, who saw in this collaboration
ominous forebodings of betrayals to come. Our Quixote once again put his
academic and theoretical writing aside, took up his weapons on the Internet,
and denounced the support of the Prophet for the plans of the Usurper.
He felt vindicated for holding onto his previous doubts about the Prophet
from Nowhere in the face of enormous pressure to chant his name without
thinking. He battled with kin and kind, and troubled himself to show how
collusion was a sign of things to come. He pointed back to previous signs
that he had held as pillars of his doubt-earlier signs of conciliation
and negation of promises by the Prophet from Nowhere. These doubts were
more than we have said before, because we wanted to make our Quixote appear
a reasonable figure in our narrative. And as his reasonableness seemed
in doubt in many cases, we concealed some of his innermost thoughts from
But now the battle was seen by our Quixote in new and more sweeping terms. The two parties-the Usurper's and the Prophets, seemed to work hand-in-hand. And they now appeared two hands washing off the stench of foul deeds. The Prophet exonerated the Usurper and continued most if not all of his policies. Those believers and hopers skeptical of our claims may consult the Internet to test their veracity. Our purpose here is to tell the tale of our Quixote and his band of Rebels.
The Rebels now saw the two parties a single Goliath with one eye, an eye to advancing the will of the Financial Oligarchy and their war machine. Nothing could be said to separate the parties in any substantial way.
Not only did the Prophet from Nowhere betray his promise to end the Usurper's war, he extended and intensified the war of his own, calling his war the Good War or the Necessary War, and trying not to mention the Usurper's Bad War even as it continued unheralded. The Prophet from Nowhere sounded the same words for the Good War as the Usurper had for the Bad War. And the two wars, it was suggested, might be joined in the middle against another state which harbored Ultimate Weapons, or so it was claimed.
Nothing had changed by the election but the talk of the Prophet, whose earlier words were now seen as hyperbole and bluster. The nation's Hope began to sink and so did its love for the newfound Prophet from Nowhere. Our Quixote wielded the Internet weapons again. He and his band of Rebels live another day, fighting against the parties and interests of the Financial Oligarchs.
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Michael D. Rectenwald, Ph.D.
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