The Violence Inherent in the System(s)

How Monty Python perfectly summed up the reason Jesus was crucified

David Anderson
Coping with Capitalism

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A few years ago, I posted this as part of a series on another blog. One advantage to writing on religion and history is it’s timeless. Everything I wrote then is still relevant today. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you.

Marble carving of Pontius Pilate standing next to Jesus with his crown of thorns and a halo.
Photo by Francesco Alberti on Unsplash

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, there’s a scene where King Arthur is “riding” among a group of peasants going about their daily activities. He wants to know who lives in the castle. They are not very helpful. Finally, someone tells him no one lives there. They have no lord. They are an “anarchosyndicalist commune.” As one man explains how executive power is shared among them, Arthur grows impatient, tells him to be quiet, and grabs him.

Man: Aha! Now we see the violence inherent in the system!
Arthur: SHUT UP!
Man: (yelling to all the other workers) Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I’m being repressed!
Arthur: (letting go and walking away) Bloody peasant!
Man: Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear that, did you hear that, eh? That’s what I’m all about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw it, didn’t you?!

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David Anderson
Coping with Capitalism

David Anderson is a blogger, award-winning author, bible geek, and novice crypto investor. Doubting Thomas is my patron saint.