Thursday July 24th 2014 Tim
If you think about the British Isles of Alfred's
time, you can imagine it as a bunch of ambitious chief executives, each
with his own propaganda machine and inheritable titles quarreling over
who owns what. Then if you look around the world today, you can kind of
think of the whole world as a bunch of ambitious chief executives each
with their own propaganda machine quarreling over who owns what and if
you fudge the definition a little you can still come up with something
very akin to the "inheritable titles" of Alfred's time.
whether or not this is the lot of our species, I don't know.
But always worth remembering that Alfred himself was of
Saxon tribes whom the Romans had for several hundred years
used as mercenaries. When the Roman military left Britannia,
or Albion as they called it in France, Romanized Celts, or
the Britons, were instructed by their chief executive in
Rome to take care of their own defense. The Britons
finally asked the Saxon tribes for help, and when the
Britons failed to pay them, the Saxon tribes kind of pushed
the Britons out.