“The Consuls” versus “Little Caesar and the Consuls”

On my website “peterderemigis.net” the term “consuls” has for months been at the top of the list of Internet searches listed for my site. I assume that this persistently high position indicates that there are still many online interested in that now ancient Toronto group of rock and roll musicians originally called the “Consuls”. Although the term, consuls, was originally used to denote two leaders of the Roman senate more than 2000 years ago, some time between political rule by the early Roman kings, and the rule of the emperors often called Caesar, I think I recall that our group’s labelling itself “The Consuls” was actually inspired by a British automobile,the Consul.

Obviously I had nothing to do with applying that name to our band, and have always believed that Bruce Morshead had originated it. Some time after Robbie, Gene,and I left the “Consuls” the new group that formed around the two remaining “Consuls” became known as “Little Caesar and the Consuls”. The new name inspiring a kind of imperialist air, surprised me because I rightly or wrongly had always believed that the original name had more mechanical/commercial or even democratic associations than the more recent one evoking the image of the autocratic rulers of the Roman empire.

But what interests me about the change of name from “The Consuls” (whether derived from the Roman Consuls or a British auto) to “Little Caesar and the Consuls” is that it reminds me that in the early days of rock and roll the name “Consuls” seemed to fit an era in which differences between performers and audience were blurred compared to ensuing years of popular rock entertainment when the distance between the deified “rock star” seemed to grow as wide as between the Roman emperor and his subjects in the latter days of the Roman empire.

A Roman Wedding

Juvenal, Roman satirist of the first century A.D. decrying the growing effeminacy of the Roman male in that century, mockingly quotes one such male in an imagined dialogue as follows: ‘”I have a ceremony to attend at dawn to-morrow, in the Quirinal valley[a district in the city of Rome].” “What is the occasion?” “No need to ask: a friend is taking to himself a husband; quite a small affair.” Yes and if only we live long enough we shall see these things done openly: people will wish to see them reported among the news of the day.’

And in the news of this day( August 18, 2007) of the second millennium we may read: ”Grooms looked ‘radiant.” “Brison makes history as first Canadian MP in same-sex marriage”

(By Amy Smith and Gordon Delaney staff reporters Nova Scotia News – The Chronical Herald, August 18,2007,)

Hot and Sexy

The most conspicuous signs of modernity can be seen in the area of human sexual mores. The expression “sexy” and “hot” are central to the rise in social enlightenment. For as our interests in scientific studies increase, moralistic restrictions on human sexual behavior decrease. The expression “hot” seems to indicate a more active interest in sexual behaviour than the more passive “sexy” for sexy seems to suggest a kind of attractiveness that may include both personal and physical qualities; “hot” is less ambiguous, and indicates a mostly physical attractiveness based on a perceived willingness to engage in unrestrained physical contact. In a less enlightened, less scientific age, the term “hot” as an epithet predicting someones sexual interests was not heard though the less invasive “sexy” was spoken by speakers hiding safely behind its playful ambiguity. And the kind of person to which the terms are applied highlight a kind of old fashionedness in appearance and manner of someone described as sexy possessing perhaps the playful prettiness of the mythical Aphrodite, as contrasted with one depicted as more real and functionally “hot” by our contemporaries.

Elder Abuse/Granny Bashing

Elder Abuse has been a growing concern in the U.S. and Canada since the mid 1970’s when the British christened it “granny bashing”. Since then, abuse of the elderly has been increasing. Most abusers are the children of the victim.

And according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, “the percentage of abuse cases involving children has increased in the nineties”.

Information about how to detect abuse is extensive. The means of halting it are expensive and almost futile because the abuser is always a step ahead,controlling the finances of their victim: protected by powers of attorney, privacy statutes, and the contentious issue of whether or not their victim has the capacity to manage their own finances. Authorities seem to assume capacity. Objective testing by government authorities that might prove the incapacity of the victim is difficult to achieve without the co-operation of the alleged abuser/guardian.

Elder Abuse and Thought Reform
Anyone seeking to understand why an abuse victim might cooperate with their abuser,even to the extent of acting against their own self-interest should familiarize themselves with methods of coercive persuasion, or thought reform.