“He’s like a very high elder of the Clave. He counts the votes of the Council, interprets the Law for the Clave, and advises them and the Inquisitor. If you head up an Institute and you run into a problem you don’t know how to deal with, you call the Consul.”
“He advises the Inquisitor? I thought—isn’t the Inquisitor dead?”
Alec snorted. “That’s like saying, ‘Isn’t the president dead?’ Yeah, the Inquisitor died; now there’s a new one. Inquisitor Aldertree.”
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 4: Daylighter
I really want to sit down and discuss how the government of the Shadowhunters. Let me be clear: as much as they an idiocracy as they are oligarchy as well. These assholes think that they are the smartest in the room when they are in fact the dumbest. Actually, everyone in this series is dumb. I think the only exception is probably Magnus and Maia. The rest of the characters got a brain the size of a pea, and that’s me being generous, okay?
Now, I want to discuss the nuts and bolts of The Clave. In this chapter, we really get a first-hand account of how The Clave functions as a government. I’m going to put together what we have learned so far about The Clave and put some logical assumptions together to get a big picture of how The Clave functions.
First of all, I’m going to get political here. However, you guys probably know that I’m really anti-Trump. If you have issues with that, this where you need to leave.
Okay, now that I got that out of the way, this government is essentially what the Trump administration wants the United States to be. It’s a country run a select few extremely old and wealthy families, while the rest of the residents don’t get a say in who or how the country itself is run.
For Alec to make a parallel between The Inquisitor and how my country’s President is chosen is a complete and utter fallacy. Despite what happened in November 2016, and gerrymandering seems to suggest, we as the residents of the United States get a fucking choice on who runs our government. Shadowhunters don’t get a choice at all! I have been pointing this out for a while how the average Shadowhunter is essentially slave-soldiers. They indoctrinate them from the time they are young and then put them on the front line once they get old enough to fight.
Also, from what I have seen, and this might be a leap, Shadowhunters are just as sexist as they are racist. Remember back in “City of Ashes”, Clare unrevealed that women Shadowhunters are a new thing. Marsye was part of the first group of female Shadowhunters. And I can pretty much bet that Nephilim women were very much like a lot of women in western history. They were expected to marry young, and pop out more fodder for the war machine. Honestly, I’m surprised that Imogen Herondale was even selected to be Inquisitor. It really seems out of character for an antiquated government.
In this government, if you are not someone of power and pedigree, you are used up, killed, and then your fucking ashes are used as building materials. It seems the government doesn’t really give a shit about anyone who isn’t rich, male, cis, and
white a Shadowhunter. Yet, their government is supposed to better than the governments of ours. puny mundanes.
I know there is a lot of patriotism in the U.S., but my god I never personally felt that the U.S. was better than any country. And I surely never felt the urge to self-righteously try to rub that in different people’s faces like the Shadowhunters do. Actually, their country’s government is even more corrupt than my own government, because at least I get to have fucking choices.
And honestly, I think Clare is trying to lead up to the characters in this book taking over or defeating a corrupt government much like “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. However, unlike Collins, Clare can’t write out her way out of a wet paper bag.
Honestly, in the hands of a competent writer, the overarching story arch for this series should have been that Clary being someone who was raised outside of the indoctrination of the Clave is shoved into this world and through her own relationships with Downworlders realizes that The Clave is a corrupt and unjust government; and then does everything in her power to rise up and overthrow it. I mean my god, the thing about this series that really burns my buttons is the overwhelming amount of wasted potential in the core material of this series. And like a hack that she is, Clare just wasted it because she was too lazy to put some real effort into her writing.