Steve raised his hand and nodded. "I know the story," he said. "I have read the books. The name of the corrupted wizard is Saruman. He forges an army in the chasms of the Earth, of ten thousand beast-men fighters clad in iron. These are the beasts that lay siege to the fortress, called Helm's Deep, into which a frightened society has boxed itself in, unable to escape. I just can't quite figure out where to place Mr. Palmerston in the tale. Is Palmerston a modern Saruman?"
"He is Denethor," I said. "Palmerston is an imperial of high rank, wielding great power as long as he remains unchallenged, but when I challenged him last night by suggesting that his posturing has no substance behind it, he became uneasy. I wonder if Palmerston would capitulate if there was a real contest going on. Perhaps he would sooner commit suicide than fight to save his skin and that of humanity? Palmerston may be just a frightened little man who boxed himself in, into an impossible situation, and wants us to save the world for him so that he doesn't have to kill himself," I said an laughed.
"Forget Denethor, forget Palmerston," said Steve. "They're impotent to change anything. They key is what uplifts society. Search for the key. The whole Ring saga is about impotence that claims to be power, but isn't anything, really. The so-called ring of power is a band of gold with a void at its center. The question is, who will place himself into this void? Who will become a slave to impotence? Palmerston bids you to wear the ring," said Steve. "That's where the battle begins. In the ring saga huge battles unfold, however, none are fought over the ring. The decisive victory is won in hidden secrecy by two little people. And so it still needs to be won in the real world, Peter. The Eurasian landscape was ripped apart by two world wars, but nothing was won in either. World War II became a battle for humanity to fight fascism, and indeed, Hitler's fascist machine was totally smashed and stomped into the ground. There was nothing left of it when the war ended, except fascism itself that was maintained and developed further. It was imported to America. America became fascist before the war even ended. McCarthyism was fascism, thinly disguised, but Truman's representation of it was worse. Fascism became the new religion in America. It became the subject of university teaching. That's where the real evil lies, and it cannot be eradicated with war. War is needed to maintain it. Palmerston's threats to annihilate Russia, India, China, and the USA, are fascist threat that are not to be taken lightly. Nevertheless, they can be defeated, but only by defeating fascism itself. Tolkien obviously understood this. He had personally seen three of mankind's greatest wars. "He served in World War One, lived through World War Two, and experienced the Cold War afterwards with the new rise of fascism unfolding in the background," said Steve. "He had witnessed the full sweep of the imperial quests and their corruption. He has also seen the dying in the field and the utter folly of war. There was no way that he could not have been deeply touched by this unfolding of history, and the magnitude of it, in which more than fifty countries were dragged into a war in which over fifty million people faced each other, and fifty million ended up dead. Three quarters of humanity was touched by this war in some way, Peter. I am certain that someone with a keen sense of history, like Tolkien, would have asked himself a few deep questions and explored why this insanity happened, perhaps even, what could have been done to prevent it. Someone like that would understand the nature of those battles that were fought and the battles that must yet be fought for humanity to become free. I think this is what Tolkien's epic tale is all about."
Steve mentioned that someone had told him that the writing of this epic saga was started during the rise of Hitler's fascist beast-men empire, probably from 1938 onwards, and extended over the space of sixteen years into the early part of the Cold War. "Maybe that is where Tolkien's beast-men came from," said Steve. "Are you surprised then, to see this vast historic dimension of horrendous conflicts reflected in his epic tale, a tale of power of force poised against the humanity of mankind? That's the face of the Fondi Empire. I would even suggest that his tale is still unfolding, and will continue to unfold until the final victory is won, which is yet to be won. In this sense the tale is more than just a tale of wars. Tolkien presents in metaphor what we cannot so readily see in the real world. One cannot see the principles that move people, or should move people. It is difficult in the real world to see the face of lies and corruption. One is blind for as long as one is wrapped up in small-minded thinking and is boxed in by axioms that one is barely aware of. That is what Tolkien is dealing with, Peter. He is dealing with the dynamics of all wars, the empire wars, the perpetual wars, and the principles that enable society to pull itself out of those endless cycles of wars. He gives the principles and the processes a face, and thereby makes them more accessible towards our final victory that has not yet been won."
I agreed. "That is why this tale remains relevant," I said to Steve. "When Tolkien writes about the corrupted wizard, Saruman, the betrayer of good, even the betrayer of himself, he writes about the fondi, the private banking and financier interests. In Tolkien's tale, Saruman, the corrupted wizard, breeds a vast army of beast-men, a new kind of orcs, a new kind of forces. He calls them the Uruk-hai. He breeds them in the bowels of the Earth. This means that Tolkien has seen those beast-men in action, laying siege to entire classes of people all across Europe. They were the fascist hordes of Hitler, the bone chilling SS. In today's world they are the synarchists, the clean-handed beast-men that occupy some of the highest positions of power in governments. The Uruk-hai also represent the nuclear bomb. Tolkien staged a force of ten thousand of them. They besiege the world of men. They are a part of the armies of Saruman's empire of today. They come from the same breeding ground and fulfill the same purpose, don't they?"
I mentioned to Steve that I could see many such parallels. "In Tolkien's epic saga, Saruman's quest is, to achieve world-empire status by joining the evil of Sauron, the Empire, just as we have it today with the fondi that have successfully arrayed themselves with the garment of fascism. Tolkien knows that people like Saruman can achieve World-Empire status only in a world devoid of the humanity of men. He knows that his dream will never come true unless he first destroys what is intrinsically good, in order to enable the existence of an empire in the world. Thus, the corrupted wizard breeds his army of nuclear beasts for one single purpose, to destroy the world of men forever. Metaphorically, that is today's designed fate for humanity in a nuclear armed world."
Steve nodded. "Are you surprised to see those parallels?" he asked." I am not. I have read the books. The books are consistent with what is happening right now before our very eyes. Tolkien plays the wizards symbolically and leaves society to fill in the real dialogs."
"I can see our own battle reflected in Tolkien's tale," I said to Steve. "I can see our present world as a place of tragedies in which the corrupted Saruman has power, whose ten-thousand synarchist beast-men have already besieged the final refuge places. In Tolkien's tale the ancient fortress of Rohan, Helm's Deep, becomes defeated. In our world the defeated fortress is called the United States of America. There exists no longer a safe place anymore for humanity. In Tolkien's story the beast-men have scaled the walls of Helm's Deep and broken down its massive doors. In our world the synarchists have broken down all barriers. One finds the beast-men everywhere, and as in Tolkien's tale the survival of the 'world of men' hangs once again on a fine thread as Palmerston was so eager to point out."
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