Bandit kings and quasi-CEOs

The Canaan Abraham knew was plagued by kings ruling nothing more than walled towns and villages. They formed alliances for raiding neighbouring farms and ranches. They kidnapped people for ransom. They were most certainly not democratic or had any interest in protecting the rights of human beings as such. They were bandits and thieves, an an ancient portrait of the modern chief executive officer who learns how to bypass the wishes of the people whom he serves.

They found refuge in a state north of Canaan, namely Syria, as we learn in Abraham’s action against the northern alliance. “He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.” (Genesis 14:15, NASB)

“Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed.” (Genesis 14:11, NASB)

“They also took Lot, Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed, for he was living in Sodom.” (Genesis 14:12, NASB)

What do these ancient kings have in common with the 21st century’s civic elected leaders? Cities have become extremely powerful entities, with huge budgets and extensive economic interests and increasing draconian tendencies. The Ontario premier has inserted a culture of bandit monarchy by creating legislation which gives mayors “strong powers”. This is squarely fascist play. Mayors can appointment civil servants in the city, hire and fire these individuals, and place them essentially beyond the necessary checks and balances, and mayors can now proceed to pass by laws with only one third of the council members in agreement. Let’s tell Mayor Tory that there is no respectable or reasonable way to be undemocratic, and provincial priorities must not be a cover for denying Toronto’s elected government to be sidelined by corrupt and cowardly Conservatives like Doug Ford and his cronies.