Kings like power
The increased impoverishment of people in the UK during the Thatcher years devastated the lives of individuals and communities. Poverty escalated and deprived areas became a phenomenon in a way not known since the Depression. The strength of working class people based on solidarity and community was undermined and attacked head on.
At the same time, and not coincidentally, the ruling groups and the wealthy flourished as a result of the money taken from ordinary citizens and from the opportunity to buy national industries cheaply.
This process was not new. Certain conditions allow some governments to promote the unequal flow of wealth and power. Those allied to the Conservatives in the 1980s saw their chance and took it.
Resistance was futile, as the miners discovered. If the press failed to swing opinion far enough, and if MI5 or Special Branch failed to subvert any moves to fight back, then the brute force of the state was ready to hand.
In this section we see a similar process. Herod the Great lives well. He has the approval of Rome and keeps that approval through the wealth he is ready to transfer to his masters to fill the imperial coffers. For Herod conditions are just right to improve his position. Of course the people pay dearly, yet the desire for liberation is never subdued. There are always hopes for a better future, and the rumblings of revolt are never far away.
When the magi report a new king Herod has to respond. He has to defend his power.
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