Deconstructing Myths of America: Thievery Corporation’s track, The Numbers Game (featuring Chuck Brown) versus The Secret of the Two Partners
I love Thievery Corporation. I’ve been intending to post this video, of TC’s track, The Numbers Game, off their album Radio Retaliation. Besides featuring the godfather of go go himself, Chuck Brown, it speaks on several levels at once. Listen to it in the context of ancient Egyptian Secret of the Two Partners, and it’s even better.
Just a short while ago, Mary made note of the deception of John Yoo regarding the provenance of certain facts.
That’s the heart of malicious myth-making, the sleight-of-hand intended to give the impression to the dominated that they’re subjugation is sanctioned by the Mandate of Heaven itself. "Bipartisanship," by any other name, sounds to this poet like The Secret of the Two Partners, who appear as implacable enemies on the stage of society, but are one behind the scenes.
TS2P was the name of the final symbol of pharaohnic rule, a scroll, the totem of his power. It’s a trick older even than books. This is how you jack electorates by the power of myth.
Back in the day, people practiced seasonal ritual regicide: the courts of kings and queens, miming the heavens, also would willingly walk to their graves. In India, some rulers would get up on stage and slice themselves to bits–as much as they could–before passing out. Human sacrifice is a common practice among agriculturalists: from out of rot comes life; to increase life, increase death. Especially a high-value target.
Wouldn’t it be nice to keep power? But the people would go ape. What to do?
At some point, pharaohs and priests figured it out. Instead of going up there and dying in front of everyone, go backstage during a great pageant, change costume, come out and wow the crowd (they’re so easy), then return with that prize of all prizes, TS2P, a simple scroll, claiming to have traversed the entire cosmos and to have brought home the Mandate of Heaven.
Very roughly speaking, that’s a how-to for faking elections and faux bipartisanship. The only question being, as harpie noted yesterday in an apt quote of Carroll, who is the master of the Word behind the words? In the cause of torture, would that be Papa Dick and his legions of doom we see behind the curtain?
BTW, I think I’ve mentioned this, but does anyone know the three different mythical monsters Karl Rove calls himself?
Karl Rove calls himself Grendel, Moby Dick, and Lord Voldemort, according to Scott Horton. Jacking electorates by the power of myth, with the deus ex machina of TS2P, has been his specialty.
And who’s jacking us for the Dems?