Speaking Theater To Power

It’s late May, the time when a new generation graduates, and many have noted the ideological tilt of the commencement speakers. As you know, when heterodox speakers arrive on college campuses, they face a host of obstacles. Student-activists will lie prone in the parking lot to prevent speakers from driving in or out. They are struck with pies. The stage may be stormed.

This isn’t an impotent screed about activist-thugs using strong-arm tactics on college grounds. Often with the faculty’s blessing, of course.

No, as the third installment of this Second Superpower series, where the writer discusses alternative fund-raising methods, so not to compete directly with other worthy causes, I offer up a debt instrument I invented for a private sector purpose.

I invented it for starting a professional winter baseball league. It’s a pay-in-kind bond backed by tickets. The administration would doubtlessly lump this debt instrument with every other aspect of the financial sector as part of those failed thinking from the past. But this is pretty straight-forward and sound.

You have an arena or stadium. You have a number of seats in that venue for a number of events. You have a plan to put on events annually for the duration of your life, and you have a viable business plan for doing so. You just need the proceeds from those future events now to get started. So you bundle those tickets into a bond measure. You get the money you must have now, and the bond-buyer is betting you’re under-valuing what ticket costs will be in the future.

I think my efforts in sports are applicable to conservatism. As Glenn Beck heads out on his latest comedy tour, the talk radio culture waxes nostalgic for the Rush To Excellence Tour, and Rush On Broadway. Hannity continues to sponsor a concert tour.

The top-tier of the talkers taking to the road are welcome, but I perceive them as merely forerunners for a more permanent cultural shift. A fleeting whisper in the dark, a brief morale boost, isn’t enough. Our own permanent political warriors need their own USO.

A theater troop? But theater hardly holds our interests. But let’s suppose this is because it has been done wrong for far too long. But let’s imagine planned run of ‘The Alamo’. John Wayne’s The Alamo. Surely there’s a means to draw in a crowd more than some pre-recorded two-dimensional film.

In an open-air stadium, pyrotechnics and all the trappings of an over-produced Super Bowl halftime show are possible. Now, poor seating kills these, and they’re usually terribly lame. U2, however, taught us in 2002 that there’s an easy change that can draw crowds in; closer seating. By bringing a sea of concert-goers onto the field, the event gained the excitement of a rock show.

‘The Alamo’ may do better. What if the stage actors play off the audience as Santa Anna’s army? What if the audience plays along? I imagine a catwalk running through the crowd, allowing General Santa Anna to move through the crowd.

Some plays spend decades on Broadway, but I’d hope this tour would become almost as seemingly permanent as the circus (hopefully without crowding circuses away), Civil and Revolutionary War reenactments, and other indelible slices of Americana.