The Mandate of Heaven
When an unknown American author (Bert) is silenced and robbed of his works by an official of the Chinese government, the strength of his ideas wins him a Chinese ally and gives him a chance to reclaim what is rightfully his. . . . But will he, when the future of a better generation is at stake? More
Russian meddling in U.S. elections looks amateurish compared to what the Chinese are planning for 2032. Such is the backdrop of a new satirical work, called "The Mandate of Heaven," in which the Chinese government strikes at America's Achilles' heel. The result is a rollicking story, both serious and silly, that reads like a blending of Fahrenheit 451, Mary Poppins, and 30 Rock . . . in other words, a portrayal of America’s New Normal.
Join Bert Alfred, an unknown American author, as he is silenced and robbed of his works by an official of the Chinese government. Unbeknownst to him, however, the strength of his ideas has won him a Chinese ally and given him a chance to reclaim what is rightfully his. . . . But will he, when the future of a brighter generation is at stake?
Enjoy Bert, as he interferes in the lives of two Chinese children and disrupts America’s political order, in this East versus West farce.
The Mandate of Heaven is an ancient Chinese belief that a government’s authority is divinely granted and that this authority lasts only for as long as the leadership rules with virtue. Thus, when the ruling classes become greedy, corrupt, and immoral, it is the right of the people — or Mother Nature — to rise up and remove them from power, thus proving they’ve lost the Mandate of Heaven.
“Capitol Hill is a farm league for K Street.” — U.S. Representative Jim Cooper, as quoted in "Republic, Lost," by Lawrence Lessig
In the future, Washington’s K Street acquires an annex, called K Street South, located in Central Florida. Here, a sovereign sanctuary develops (free of the ubiquitous surveillance equipment that has made clandestine meetings so difficult to hide), where lobbyists can broker allegiances between politicians and their wealthy donors in the privacy and luxury they feel they deserve. So brazen is their disregard for anything but power and the almighty dollar that it doesn’t even matter to them that this K Street South is the creation of the Chinese Communist Party.
“Politicians play by the rules we set for them. When the rules are ridiculous, so are the outcomes.” — Bert
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