Published on November 26, 2013
The Peppered Moth Kingdom tells the story of a writer who writes an allegorical tale about a benighted land ruled by a bestially corrupt king and his court of minions. The king and his officials, who are disciples of the Beast of Corruption, rule the people with one goal: to keep them ensnared in the Misery of Poverty. Therefore, they hoard the kingdom’s resources to themselves and live in lavished opulence, while the people perish en masse from hunger, malnutrition and all manner of diseases—victims of a genocide of poverty. The writer’s story touches a cord with the people and when a young cadet shots a government minister and screams: “Death to the Peppered Moth Kingdom!” the writer is arrested and falsely implicated in the minister’s assassination. The writer is convicted of treason, sentenced to die by execution and tortured by the state security apparatus. Through it all, the writer becomes convinced that his story has become incarnated with veridical realism as he sees manifestations of his fictional depictions in his real life experience. The writer is jailed together with the cadet who has also been sentenced to die by execution. As they await their executions, the writer has resigned himself to the end that awaits him but the cadet does not want to die and pleads with the writer to do the one thing that could save them even though it would destroy what the writer has worked for all his life. The writer decides to do it anyway to save the cadet from the executioner’s bullet, but the writer's selfless gesture invokes a spirit of sacrifice in the cadet who decides to reveal the truth about why he killed the minister to the people, even if it costs his life.