Musicians and comedians are, respectively, the modern day versions of the bards and jesters of yore, the prophets of culture and politics. What are the present day bards and jesters trying to tell us?
Who were the Bards and Jesters?
Jesters in Medieval times wore brightly colored clothes and eccentric hats while they entertained the royal class with a wide variety of skills; principal among them were storytelling, jokes, tongue-in-cheek puns, mock imitation, and stereotypes, but many also employed song, music, acrobatics, juggling, and magic tricks. Much of the entertainment was performed in a comical style and many jesters made contemporary jokes in word or song about people or events well known to their audiences.
Danny Kaye plays The Court Jester, 1955.
Through music, dance, and stage dramas containing dialogues, the bards were able to capture in short form the spirit of the times, and convey them in a concise epithetical statement that any aware person would be able to grasp onto. The bards played an especially powerful role in communicating deeper truths to Kings and Lords, who often got sidetracked with their personal agendas and needed to be shown the errors of their ways from the people’s perspective. This venue of formal entertainment was able to address moral grievances and point figurative fingers without requiring a presumptuous or violent ascendancy over authority.
Bards had an important role in the court, as they could influence the King’s political stances and decisions without facing the risk of being beheaded for speaking shameful truths to the King. Medieval court jesters utilized the foolishness of man to teach the wisdom of God, and were often considered to be among the wisest “counselors” of all.
A Modern Day Tale
A modern day jester of the Manosphere once told the following story.* I’ll attempt to fill in the parallels.
Once upon a time, there was a wise and beloved king.
This king was no inbred son of royalty. He had earned everything he had. He had begun at the absolute bottom, a peasant with little money, no allies and no reputation. Through dedication and force of will, the king had carved out a fiefdom for himself in the cold, unforgiving world. When his friends were goofing off and drinking, he was drawing up battle plans and making a name for himself. When his peers were doing the bare minimum to get by, he was reaching out and building alliances with like-minded men. When everyone was just mailing it in, the king gave 110 percent.
He saw his chance for glory and seized it.
Think of the British, Dutch, French, German (Holy Roman Empire), and Spanish empires during the 16th to 19th centuries.
Eventually, the king presided over a bustling and prosperous empire. His castle was always packed to the brim with courtiers seeking favors. Men twice his age looked to him for advice. Women swooned over him, some even offering to give him naked pictures of themselves. Even his enemies respected him for his wit and intelligence. And every time he made a proclamation, everyone fell silent to listen to what he had to say.
And one day, the king surveyed his empire and said that it was good.
Picture Europe and the United States before WW1.
A Time of Trouble
The king arose during a time of troubles. Liars and fools played at being philosophers, running the nation into the ground with their schemes. Shysters roamed the land, preying on the poor and stupid, fleecing them of what little they had. The king saw all this and knew instinctively that it was wrong. He never claimed to be perfect or infallible, but he was way smarter than the nincompoops that most people worshipped.
Enter WW’s 1 and 2, and the introduction of Feminism. Everything went downhill after that.
I have a friend who is a Messianic Jew of the Boomer generation. He once told me he clearly remembers the Summer of 1967, in which the Six Day War took place. He does not remember it because of Israel’s political conquest, because his family of origin never identified with his Jewish heritage. He only did so, after he became a Christian.
No, he distinctly remembers that summer because, as he said in his own words,
“You could feel everything was different after that. You couldn’t put your finger on exactly what that was, but the whole world changed. And it wasn’t just me. Everybody I knew at that time said the same thing.”
Sure enough, the sexual revolution revved up to full speed by the summer of ‘69. The political landscape became more tumultuous with Nixon and the Watergate scandal in 1972.
The United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford was Henry Kissinger. Kissinger was a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, and who played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this Cold War period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People’s Republic of China, engaged in what became known as shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East to end the Yom Kippur War, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War.
And yet, while his empire swelled and grew with each passing day, the king became discontented. He regretted letting many of his courtiers into his castle, as they were cranks and idiots, the only thing binding them together being a mutual hatred of the king’s enemies. While many of his followers were earnest, too many were not taking his proclamations to heart, instead living vicariously through the king’s exploits.
Most of all, the king could not bear the truth: his followers were worshipping a mirage.
Mirage, by Salvador Dali, 1946.
During this period, comedy as a whole became cutting, darkly honest, cynically profane, and overtly sexualized. The leading comedians of this time period were Woody Allen, George Burns, John Candy, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Rodney Dangerfield, Redd Foxx, Gallagher, Jackie Gleason, Arsenio Hall, Andy Kaufman, Sam Kinison, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams, among many others. Of note, many popular female comedians appeared for the first time in western history, including Lucille Ball, Roseanne Barr, Carol Burnette, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lily Tomlin.
Popular music reflected these cultural transitions with an aggressive shift to hard rock anthems we now know as Classic Rock. Popular music groups of that era included Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO), Boston, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Jimi Hendrix, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Steely Dan, The Cars, The Doobie Brothers, The Doors, The Eagles, The Police, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Van Halen.
The classic rock group, Rush, consisting of bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, won a large and passionate worldwide fan base for its unique, adventurous approach, which combined sterling musicianship, complex compositions and distinctive lyrical flights drawing upon science-fiction motifs and esoteric philosophical concepts. The band has sold more 25 million albums in the US alone, with worldwide sales estimated at 45 million, and has been awarded 24 Gold, 14 Platinum, and three multi-platinum albums. Rush has received seven Grammy nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
A Farewell to Kings
The king was a private person, and while he had never lied to his people, he never told the whole truth either. His most devoted fans thought him superhuman; his biggest enemies called him a liar and a narcissist. To his subjects, the king was not a person, but an idol, a golden calf on which they could inscribe all their fantasies and neuroses. It didn’t matter what he said or did; his subjects would cling to their mirage as furiously as cultists to a foreign god.
The king couldn’t take it anymore. So he quit.
One day, after presenting himself in the courtroom as usual, he announced that he was abdicating his throne. He had had enough of being the man in charge. Someone else could rule for once; he was going to take a much deserved vacation. Everyone was saddened and shocked by this news, but aside from a minority of layabouts, they gave a standing ovation. The king packed his bags and rode off into the sunset, never to return.
Or will he?
Album art from A Farewell To Kings.
Note the guy wires attached to the puppet on the throne.
Rush’s fifth studio album, A Farewell To Kings, was originally released on September 1, 1977, and played a major role in establishing Rush as an internationally popular and respected band. A Farewell To Kings also introduced the trio’s first successful radio hit Closer To The Heart, album tracks, A Farewell To Kings, Madrigal, and Cinderella Man, as well as enduring fan favorites, Xanadu, and Cygnus X-1.
Of note, A Farewell To Kings was released ten years after the Summer of Love in 1967.
The Return of Kings
As much as he wanted to go back to being a peasant, with its lack of responsibility, the king knew better. He knew that while peasants were common, only a handful of men had the brains, the gumption, the will to be a king. They needed him, and he needed them. The same fire that led him to forge his empire could not be extinguished.
The forces of evil have not won. The king is still alive, and he will reclaim his throne. The only difference is that this time, his followers will admire him not for who they think he is, but who they know he is.
The 2012 Phenomenon was characterized by a number of eschatological beliefs and strange astronomical and mathematical phenomena corresponding to late 2012. The intersynchronicities of these signs were interpreted as being indicative of a cataclysmic or transformative event for mankind. These included,
- An accelerated geomagnetic migration.
- Strange, loud, metallic noises seemingly originating from the stratosphere, and heard around the world. The source of these noises was never identified, leaving some to imagine that they originated from a heavenly angel blowing a shofar as a warning to the faithful.
- On 16 October 2012, Roosh Valizadeh opened the Return of Kings website, finalizing the formation of the classic Manosphere.
- The foreboding end of the Mayan calendar occurred on 31 December 2012.
All of the above events signaled the beginning of a return to the old order, or to a new old order.
A Farewell To Kings was released ten years after the Summer of Love in 1967.
During those 35 years between the Farewell To Kings in 1977 and the Return of Kings in 2012, American culture and society experienced a catastrophic disintegration.
Could it be, that another ten years after the Return of Kings, we shall witness a cultural cataclysm?
1967 – The Summer of Love
1977 – A Farewell to Kings
2012 – The Return of Kings
2022? – The Winter of War?**
In numerology, this sequence can be written (approximately) as a series of five-year periods:
(2 x 5 years) + (7 x 5 years) + (2 x 5 years)**
Five years has 60 months, so rewriting the above formula in terms of 60-month periods, we have:
(2 x 60 months) + (7 x 60 months) + (2 x 60 months)**
Compare this to the 1,260 days of prophecy described in Revelation 11:2-3:
1,260 days = 180 weeks = (3 x 60 weeks)
60 months has approximately four 60-week periods.
Perhaps now (or soon) we will sense the synchronicity of these events viewed through the lens of history.
* The parable displayed in green text originally appeared on Matt Forney, The Empire Never Ended (14 November 2012) – Also in 2012, just one month after Roosh set up the Return of Kings site.
** Ten years is my guess. Anyone have a better method of estimation?
- The Daily Mail (feat. Sheila Flynn): The Summer of Love, 50 years on: Intimate portraits of legendary rockers and the hippie movement that overtook the streets of 1967 San Francisco (23 March 2017)
- Σ Frame: The Evolution of Feminism as a Series of Cultural Movements (15 January 2018)
- Σ Frame: The Evolution of the Red Pill (31 December 2018)