… from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
People create myths for various, mostly self- aggrandising reasons; and for the lack of reasoning ability and the visceral disdain of inconvenient facts, maintain them. Thus Americans mostly believe that they are free, that they have a functioning democratic system and that their country is a free enterprise paradise.
The following image may or may not be correct. It is easy to fabricate a statistic, but the anecdotal evidence from alternative media seems to support it.
If Trump is to be believed that he would really try to “drain the swamp” of American political system, his task is enormous. Historical parallels can be deceiving, but currently reading Maurice Ashley’s The Age of Absolutism 1648 – 1775 I am tempted to quote there-from: “Peter’s aim was to reform the administrative machinery of Russia both at the centre and in the provinces and to ensure that the nobility served the state” … “Peter also tried to separate the judiciary from the administration”…”But all this proved too novel and complicated, too contrary to Russian traditions and never really worked” … Yet his bureaucracy remained corrupt and uninspired. ‘The Tsar pulls uphill alone,’ it was said, ‘with the strength of ten, but millions push downhill.’”
“In November 1724 when he was sailing to visit an iron works, he leapt into the icy waters of the Baltic to rescue the victims of a shipwreck. He caught fever and died in February 1725.”
What happened after Peter the Great’s death? “’Who’, asked Sir Bernard Pares rhetorically about the events of 1725 to 1762 in Russian history, ‘would take this miserable record as the history of a people? Of the six immediate successors of Peter I, three were women, one a boy of twelve, one babe of one, and one an idiot.’
Good luck will not return to a people sitting on their backsides and waiting for it. Nobody can drain the swamp on his own. The story of Hercules and his solo cleansing of Augean stables, is, after all, just another myth.