Short Schrift from Vita, with an apt anecedote about Nero in masquerade. I thank Vitia for not unmasking me. Author stands to Text as Criminal to Crime or President to Constitution. Who would allocute to Wealth Bondage without a plea bargain? A text is an assault upon the reader. Writing well is treachery. As The Author, I am accountable in Wealth Bondage to no one. I do with my creatures whatever I please. My only hope is that Congress will pass laws enabling me to do what I have done, otherwise I am indeed outside the law, a war criminal in high station. All West Point would have to hunt me down as a Traitor. Instead, of course, classes in rhetoric go on as if history were Ancient and Nero the last Dictator. Vitia, what will you teach these men and women in uniform, disciplined to obedience, about the liberal arts, the arts of freedom? What will they be fighting for? What does honor mean to them in defense of our democracy?