In politics and sociology, divide and rule (or divide and conquer) (derived from Greek: διαίρει καὶ βασίλευε, diaírei kaì basíleue) is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures and prevents smaller power groups from linking up.
The maxims divide et impera and divide ut regnes were utilized by the Roman ruler Caesar and the French emperor Napoleon. The example of Gabinius exists, parting the Jewish nation into five conventions, reported by Flavius Josephus in Book I, 169-170 of The Wars of the Jews (De bello Judaico). Strabo also reports in Geography, 8.7.3 that the Achaean League was gradually dissolved under the Roman possession of the whole of Macedonia, owing to them not dealing with the several states in the same way, but wishing to preserve some and to destroy others.
Elements of this conquer and divide technique involve:
- creating or encouraging divisions among the subjects to prevent alliances that could challenge the sovereign
- aiding and promoting those who are willing to cooperate with the sovereign
- fostering distrust and enmity between local rulers
- encouraging meaningless expenditures that reduce the capability for political and military spending
Historically, this strategy was used in many different ways by empires seeking to expand their territories.
In America the left-right political spectrum is a system of classifying political positions, ideologies and parties. Left-wing politics and right-wing politics are often presented as opposed, although a particular individual or group may take a left-wing stance on one matter and a right-wing stance on another.
The right is always the party sector associated with the interests of the upper or dominant classes, the left the sector expressive of the lower economic or social classes, and the centre that of the middle classes. Historically this criterion seems acceptable. The conservative right has defended entrenched prerogatives, privileges and powers; the left has attacked them. The right has been more favorable to the aristocratic position, to the hierarchy of birth or of wealth; the left has fought for the equalization of advantage or of opportunity, for the claims of the less advantaged.
However, what we have witnessed over the last fifty years is that the privileged elitists have completely usurped the political system to serve their interest and as a result 98% of the economic growth in America since 2008 has gone to the upper 1/2 of 1% of us. Isn’t it ironic that at the same time we, as a political nation, have never been more polarized?
Twice in this period we have seem groups try to emerge to counter this reality. The Tea Party was NOT started by the far right. It was started in Boston to protest the findings of George Bush’s 911 Commission, but was quickly financed covertly by the Koch Brothers and now espouses a doctrine that the MSM categorizes as the “far right”.
The Occupy Movement rose up in opposition to the realities of what was and is happening to our economic opportunities. The MSM associated them with the “far left” socialistic movement and they quickly faded from view.
What we have to understand here is that this polarization is being orchestrated by the oligarchic few to keep us from uniting to demand economic equality and they are being very successful with this strategy. Most of us take a position of left or right, Democrat or Republican and then we view the opposition to our views as “the enemy”, “the fools”, but we honestly and clearly have no idea why. We are conditioned to regurgitate the points that the paid talking heads baboons tell us to think. All the while, we are sinking deeper and deeper into economic disparity and those at the top are taking more and more.
It is time we wake to this reality. WE ARE ALL BEING PLAYED!! Whether you associate with right or left, blue or red, big government or no government and any other crap you have been fed, stop for a moment and THINK. What is in MY best interest? Make it personal. We are made to believe if we support this party or that party, then we can rally and throw the rascals out. That is BS. Regardless of who has the current majority, the policies supporting big business, corporations, and the oligarchy DO NOT change and that is because we do not have a REAL choice other than the color banner of the pre-selected monkey we send to Washington. Even that is being manipulated by the recent rash of gerrymandering.
Be honest with yourself now. Ask a simple question. Why is there only a 13% approval rating of CONgress, if 50% of us agree on this party or that party? It is because we all know we are being played! So what are we going to do about this? First, let’s stop arguing among ourselves over the red vs. blue crap. Starting engaging each other about how we really solve the problems in our local communities. Let’s all register Independent! Don’t choose red or blue, choose red, white, and blue.
Starting at the local level, then district levels, then state levels, let’s start electing people we know and trust from our communities, not the monkeys trouped out for our perusal. Meet everyone in your block and in your neighborhood. Have a street party to talk about your needs with one rule in place, no red versus blue or liberal versus conservative talk allowed. Meet to get to know one another and with the goal to develop what your block neighborhood, and city really needs. Identify the leaders among your group and encourage them to run for office, with one condition, no corporate or party campaign funding accepted. See what happens as this grows.
Look we all know what’s wrong, we just haven’t accepted the fact we have been duped. It is embarrassing, but we have to get beyond this now. Let’s do it.