The succession of bad ideas we call modern history
Is crowned by Consumerism in all its plastic glory.
The will to power of corporate and military greed
Has poisoned the people with cruel and false needs.
Big Fist occupies the throne with the beast by his side,
In whose solicitous snarling he eagerly confides:
“We are the greatest nation in the history of man-
All countries must pay tribute to our place in God’s Plan.”
Hubris, the ancients say, is the most deadly of sins,
And the only one the gods insist can’t be forgiven.
Rome must burn again and again to prove the truth,
That power and greed self-destruct without reproof.
Darvish gives thanks for fresh bread and a glass of wine;
The cruel marketing of thuggery he loudly declines.