Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sharp Contrasts

Torgo is aware that all Ave Maria School of Law students are familiar with Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, the secularized rendition of the life of St. Thomas More. Apart from any critical analysis of that book, such as the lack of any realistic representation of More's prayer life and reliance on the sacraments, Bolt's rendition fairly characterizes the struggle between standing for objective moral principles (another criticism of Bolt's rendition is available here) when one's gravy train departs from such objective points.

Consider, for instance, that kingdoms in America are not made of raw state power, but rather of wealth and political largesse. Thus, a king or queen (e.g. Martha Stewart) is not appointed necessarily, but occurs to those who can muster wealth by whatever means. (A fine Ignatian analysis of what it means to have such means exists here, but Torgo is ill-equipped to digress -- those who want more can look for it on google or something) These empires are not of state borders, but of financical ones, defined in corporate structures and bordered by corporate limits. Modern feudalism is therefore found in the appointment of feudal lords over portions of thes emodern kingdoms.

It is possible then to see by direct analogy how players in these kingdoms directly correspond to the kingdoms of old. For instance, a chancellor may well be a CEO, a president, or a dean. Sliding the kingdom to smaller fuedal terfs of the kingdom can make a fuedal lord a mini-king of sorts. Thus, one could say that Monaghan is like Henry VII vis-a-vis the Ave Maria Foundation. Dobranski can find himself in any of the players in St. Thomas More, from Cramner to More.

Torgo will finish the thought later...


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