Ahh, spring — a time to relish the joys of Direct Democracy in action. Witness the word of The Lord from Matthew 27: 15-17. Read the entirety of Matthew 26 and Matthew 27 from an Alt-Right perspective and you will almost reach the conclusion that Democracy is blasphemy before the eyes of The Lord.
15 Now on the occasion of the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wished.
16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called [Jesus] Barabbas.
17 So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them, â€œWhich one do you want me to release to you, [Jesus] Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?â€
Democracy by its essential functions must tear down and destroy all individual greatness that crosses its path. Nothing bars the way to “Liberté, Eqalité, Fraternité” like the individual who does things the right way and who has their stuff together. Democracy was therefore the ideal tool of corruption by which The Evil One could smite Jesus down and then wash his hands of the deed. Satan, himself only gets one vote. The plausible deniability of a democratic process is the friend of all malefactors from Marius and Sulla to Aaron Burr. The People chose it.
The Gospel of Matthew begins telling us the bad news of Democracy in Chapter 26:47-52.
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
48 His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying, â€œThe man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him.â€
49 Immediately he went over to Jesus and said, â€œHail, Rabbi!â€ and he kissed him.
50 Jesus answered him, â€œFriend, do what you have come for.â€ Then stepping forward they laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
51 And behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus put his hand to his sword, drew it, and struck the high priestâ€™s servant, cutting off his ear.
52 Then Jesus said to him, â€œPut your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
The key verse of this passage is verse 52. All who live by the sword die by it, but those not bound by the law get their way first before death. Jesus, the one who actually asserts that the law should be followed, is led away by the guards under false and unrighteous arrest. Judas, at least for the nonce, has profited immensely from violating laws that his success in his dastardly endeavor required his victim to follow.
A hallmark of Democracy is the restraint of the law upon the just and righteous, while most mendacious, greedy and mendacious amongst us live the maxim of Aleister Crawley and “Do what thou wilt” with short-term tactical dominance as the law ties the hands of condign and righteous anger.
Matthew’s description of what I call “The Paradox of St. Peter” is at the heart of why mob rule and Demotism are disastrous for not just its targets but for those cursed with moral decency. These people realize the fundamental virus sickening the human species when power is actually given to the foolish and unworthy people. In Matthew 26: 69-75, we witness the temporary demolition of St. Peter as a moral human being.
His dilemma and paradox can be stated thus: If he does what is morally decent, he is arrested and nailed to the cross right next to the savior. If he lies to survive, he betrays the man who made him everything that he is. When Demotism destroys greatness, it does not just destroy the great individual. It unleashes a cancer that kills. Read the verses below and see how the mob does not even have to lay a finger on Peter to utterly destroy him as a human being.
69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, â€œYou too were with Jesus the Galilean.â€
70 But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, â€œI do not know what you are talking about!â€
71 As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, â€œThis man was with Jesus the Nazorean.â€
72 Again he denied it with an oath, â€œI do not know the man!â€
73 A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, â€œSurely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away.â€
74 At that he began to curse and to swear, â€œI do not know the man.â€ And immediately a cock crowed.
75 Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: â€œBefore the cock crows you will deny me three times.â€ He went out and began to weep bitterly.
And does the official power of the state work athwart the vile intentions of the unwashed mob? Not when the cowardly, swaddled officialdom learns of what the mob would unleash. The officialdom then tries to duck and evade. The officialdom, like the “military leadership” in the movie A Few Good Men, can’t handle the truth. St. Matthew is enough of a gracious Christian to understate the reaction of Pontius Pilate to Jesus’ refusal to offer him an out on making the hard decision.
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and he questioned him, â€œAre you the king of the Jews?â€* Jesus said, â€œYou say so.â€
12 And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he made no answer.
13 Then Pilate said to him, â€œDo you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?â€
14 But he did not answer him one word, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
If you imagine an angry, hateful mob giving Pilate the deathstare of a pissed off Middle East the entire time he interviews Jesus of Nazareth, you get the context of the interview. Pilate was not amazed. He wanted Jesus to apologize to the nice old men in their Rabbinical robes. Jesus was not having it. The true believers are scary like that. They care about their perceived truths a whole lot more than any of your delusions of adequacy. Imagine Pilate squeezing his cheeks to avoid evacuating his bowels, and you conjure up the situation as I imagine it playing out.
In Matthew 27: 21-26 we get the true measure of both the leadership of Pontius Pilate and the society at large through the gathered mob. The mob howls for the blood of whoever the demagogues tell them to hate. They are entertained. Maybe some enterprising soul sells them goat kabobs as they howl for the carnage.
And Pilate? Wow, does Pilate hate Jesus. He doesn’t hate the evil mob as much. The idiots will always be with us. He hates the man who forces him to look in the mirror and see a pathetic, pseudo-sapient coward of a laughable public official. All leaders in Democracy hate the great man.
It’s not just the religious visionary. They would hold no brief for Richard Feynman if they had to sit next to him in a Real Analysis course. When greatness reveals them to be weasels, they lash out. Jesus was not whipped just to appease the mob. Pilate was smoking with Lucifer’s cheap and sadistic wrath over having to truly learn about the type of guy he sincerely was.
21 The governor said to them in reply, â€œWhich of the two do you want me to release to you?â€ They answered, â€œBarabbas!â€
22 Pilate said to them, â€œThen what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?â€ They all said, â€œLet him be crucified!â€
23 But he said, â€œWhy? What evil has he done?â€ They only shouted the louder, â€œLet him be crucified!â€
24 When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, â€œI am innocent of this manâ€™s blood. Look to it yourselves.â€
25 And the whole people said in reply, â€œHis blood be upon us and upon our children.â€
26 Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.
They tell us in our civics class Democracy is the best form of government. The best form of government for whom. The Last Men of Nietzsche? The weakest link in the human chain? The vassals of putrid corruption that not only have to take the Gubbermint Handouts but who would genuinely rather?
This is not what Aristotle, Socrates, St Paul, St Thomas Aquinas or even Jean Paul Sartre ultimately told us to aspire towards. Democracy is the best form of government for those who condignly deserve to live under it. Yes, a case can be made that an exercise in Democracy gave us Easter Sunday. But only because the great man being torn down just happened to be Jesus Christ. When it destroys the rest of us, nobody rises again on the third day.