Update 10.27.17: I have run across a video in which syncretic philosopher Santos Bonacci explains the origins of the legal system that enslaves us and how it is related to the inquisitions, the church, the corporations, and the banking cabal that owns all the wealth in world. In my research of the inquisitions and the witch hunts and trials for my dissertation, I realized I had only touched the surface of the legal mechanisms that were put into place during that time. The executors of the inquisitions relied on ecclesiastical and secular law, and implemented the inquisitions through meticulous administration. The trial documents reflect banal and detailed administrative processes, even as they recorded horrific torture. Bonacci’s work brings the origins and implementation of this ingenious and depraved system into into deep relief. One only has to look to our contemporary penal system and the proliferation of private prisons, and institutions such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, to realize that the inquisition is still happening now. Check it out.
“The Inquisition is more accurately viewed not as a relic but as a harbinger.” – This is a quote from Cullen Murphy in his book God’s Jury: the Inquisition and the Making of the Modern world.
I am studying the Middle Ages in Europe right now and am trying to make sense of the incredible violence perpetrated upon those deemed heretics by the Church and their concomitant allies such as the monarchies and their lower level (cough..demons…did I say that or think it?) duchies, lords, and wannabe upper class administrators who imposed the will of the Church upon regular people as they meted out and enforced the laws of an increasingly centralized government and the royalty that were intent upon increasing their power.
What I am finding is a hideous historical loop. Heretics in the Middle Ages included those non-sanctioned Christian sects, Jews, the poor, homosexuals, women, and my favorite –witches who were scapegoated and annihilated by these growing powers. What I am finding – to my horror – is that what was happening then has never stopped happening and is happening how.
I thought I was studying history, but it turns out that I am studying the present. Now I see this Inquisitional intention and its self-replicating tentacled bureaucracy everywhere — in the futile death clown car spectacle that is our election process in 2016; in the increasing attempts at legislating sexual activities and the reproductive powers and autonomy of women, and in the exposure of the elite and their resource grabbing in the Panama papers….I mean this is enough to make me crazy.