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Saturday February 16th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    In the end I guess it makes more sense to distinguish between the enfranchised and the disenfranchised. Spartacus was from Eastern Europe just north of Greece. As a Gladiator he was a slave and there can be no doubt that slavery is the ultimate cast of disenfranchisement. All points of view considered, mine would suggest he was pissed off with his lot in life, which was to kill or be killed for the entertainment of the masses, and having taken his disappointment to the streets, he was able to make the most of the absence of the Roman Army who were off in Spain trying to put down a Spanish revolt, and for around two years Spartacus with the support of many escaped slaves was the rebel military commander in what the Romans called the Third Servile War. One of the problems Spartacus had was that his supporters were actually more interested in pillaging and killing off the wealthy Romans than they were in coming up with some sort of a plan. While Spartacus had several opportunities to reach 'freedom' by travelling with his army beyond the territories Rome controlled where they might have made a society of their own, this guiding light was never sufficiently formed and what with the Romans being outraged by a revolt of slaves, Spartacus the commander never really got a chance to think beyond military victory or defeat.  

 

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     Marx reckoned that Spartacus was a most noble and real representative of the ancient proletariat. Sadly neither Marx of Lenin ever really understood the proletariat, they were both solidly middle class in their convictions, so when you hear someone like Steven Miller sneer out the word bourgeoisie as he answers a question, or hear Steve Bannon go one about Plutarch or attempt to define Leninism rest assured you're dealing with an intellect... and I don't quite know how to say this, but if you think of rainbow of crayons their box only really has one, maybe two colors, which has an effect upon their coloring book, and this means when asked why is the sky green their answer is more visceral than it is well considered. Trouble is, as the Ancient Greeks suggested  "stick it to them" rests firmly in the Liver and the Gallbladder, and down there it's all about bile. Generally speaking Peasant Revolts inspire the more unruly passions which are a force to be reckoned with, the results are usually counted by the number of Crucifixes lining the Apennine Way, which was the lot of Spartacus. And there's countless examples of sending in the Dragoons to quell riot. The reason Middle Class revolts are more successful has to do with enfranchisement, not necessarily as defined by a polling booth, rather because the middle class has skin in the game of society as it is. There are other opinions of course.

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