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The American culture of politics: a case study

Clone High

Main characters:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Joan of Arc
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Cleopatra VII
  • John F. Kennedy

Supporting characters:

  • Julius Caesar
  • Catherine the Great
  • Genghis Khan
  • Marie Antoinette
  • George Washington Carver
  • Jesus Christ
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Marie Curie
  • Thomas Edison
  • Paul Revere
  • Nostradamus
  • Elvis Presley
  • Isaac Newton
  • Buddy Holly
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Juan Ponce de León
  • Moses
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Eva Perón


Main characters:

  • Oda Nobunaga
  • Jack the Ripper
  • [spoiler — go watch it and you’ll know who I mean]
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Isaac Newton

Supporting characters:

  • Geronimo
  • Antoni Gaudi
  • François Vidocq
  • John Hunter
  • Galileo
  • the Count of St. Germain
  • Robert Capa

I don’t remember these people but Wikipedia says they were there:

  • Dai Zong
  • Georg Hackenschmidt
  • Cesare Borgia
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Alfred Nobel
  • Nostradamus
  • Babe Ruth
  • William Tell
  • Grigori Rasputin
  • Christopher Columbus

Clone High: 80% of main characters and 48% of supporting characters are political figures.

Nobunagun: 40% of main characters, 0% of supporting characters, and 18% of bit characters are political figures.

And that’s what’s wrong with America.

Note that Nobunagun’s percentage is higher than it would be if I grouped the characters myself: I don’t remember Newton or Gandhi being that much more important than Galileo, Gaudi, or Geronimo. If Newton and Gandhi aren’t main characters, it’s 33%; if those other three are main characters, it’s 25%.

Some categorizations can be disputed — maybe Nobel was political or Rasputin wasn’t, maybe Joan of Arc was or Paul Revere wasn’t — but the numbers are different enough that the point still stands.

The American pantheon

The National Statuary Hall Collection:

The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol is composed of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. Originally set up in the old Hall of the House of Representatives, renamed National Statuary Hall, the expanding collection has since been spread throughout the Capitol.

About two thirds of them are politicians. There is one artist, and only a handful of writers.

There is also a king.