A Goddess Of The Left?
If you’ve read any of my writings on the subject of the history of Leftism, you will have noticed that I date it’s birth to around the mid-18th Century.
I am here to admit that I may be wrong and that this demon child’s appearance may actually date as far back as two thousand years.
From Mark Krikorian [this is worth quoting in full]:
Progressivism In 29 AD
Livia in I, Claudius:
And it’s no use arguing with you republicans. You refuse to see that one can no more reintroduce republican government at this stage than one can reimpose primitive feelings of chastity on modern wives and husbands. It’s like trying to turn the shadow back on the sundial: it can’t be done.
If you haven’t read or seen the magnificent TV series, let me and Wikipedia tell you a little about this wife of Augustus:
In the popular fictional work I, Claudius by Robert Graves—based on Tacitus’ innuendo—Livia is portrayed as a thoroughly Machiavellian, scheming political mastermind [Bob: Paging Mark Levin]. Determined never to allow republican governance to flower again, as she felt they led to corruption and civil war, and devoted to bringing Tiberius to power and then maintaining him there, she is involved in nearly every death or disgrace in the Julio-Claudian family up to the time of her death. In her deathbed she only fears divine punishment for all she had done, and secures the promise of future deification by her grandson Claudius, an act which, she believes, will guarantee her a blissful afterlife. However, this portrait of her is balanced by her intense devotion to the well-being of the Empire as a whole, and her machinations are justified as a necessarily cruel means to what she firmly considers a noble aspiration: the common good of the Romans [Bob: Shades of the corruption of ‘the General Welfare’ clause???], achievable only under strict imperial rule….