“The plebs. Why do they leave? Don’t they know all roads lead back to Rome?”
“Their shepherd understands this but he must delay, lest slaughter and slavery reach his people.”
“So exodus he proffers but revolution he disguises. Marching in circles to cull the weak, breeding the strong to fight the stronger.“
“Would the empire be so blind? Wolves can smell their sheep a hundred leagues away.”
“The empire let them go for they no longer desire food but a challenge.”
“And the shepherd?”
“A sheep-wolf or a wolf-sheep. Makes no difference.”
“My liege, what shall we do about the rabble outside? They demand food, housing, and work.”
Caesar: Opens the coliseum and decrees “Bread, games, and war!”
Genghis Khan: Conscripts you into his army and sacks the west.
Henry VIII: Shows you his latest beheading.
Vlad III: Treats you to a shish-kebab.
Torquemada: Asks that you demonstrate your convictions with whip, vice, or rack.
Robespierre: Accuses you of conspiracy in front of the guillotines.
Hitler: Deports you to a labor camp and offers a final solution.
Mao: Puts you on a farm and “redistributes” the products of your labor.
Stalin: Registers you, your family, relatives, and neighbors in his notebook for “correction”.
Wall Street: Convinces capital hill to give everyone tax breaks. Then demands that you to bail them out when they crash.
AI: Plugs you into the matrix.