I haven't finished the article, but wanted to comment on two things immediately.
First, I really appreciate Mr. Van Buren's creative use of metaphor.
My second response was elicited by this:
"Those ideas– enshrined in the Bill of Rights– are disarmingly concise, the haiku of a People’s government. Deeper, darker waters lay in front of us, and we are drawn down into them. The king, jealous of the People’s power, wants some back."
The stories that come to us from antiquity--deriving both from Mythology and the Bible--express themes that recur throughout human history.
Mythology recounts the story of Cronus, a zealous Olympian patriarch who secretly devours his own children rather than allow them to mature into rivals for his throne.
When Pharaoh decreed the death of all first-born sons, he was exhibiting this same Cronus response.
Similarly, when news of the birth of a prophet hit Jerusalem, campaigns of carnage were again unleashed... to murder children.
I authored a book that ties the personae of myth to the astrological signs and Cronus fits Capricorn. I've always thought of Richard Nixon as a living embodiment of Cronus; and when he gave the order to shoot down the students at Kent State it brought the myth to life.
Those old conservative men's clubs that jealously guard their power in ways that inhibit what youths can think, do, and accomplish maintain the presence of Cronus in our world.
Wall Street's men's club using its power to get cops to attack all the kids camped out for Occupy Wall St. is another example. This archetype is very powerful at this time as old boy elites use their billions to purchase law and lawmakers that effectively make THEIR will the legal tender of the land.
Much can be learned from the study of these archetypal forces since they are never retired. After all, time is not a linear march towards a distant unknown future; it's circle dances that always return us to where we began: full circle style.