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Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

March 29, 2010

There is a concept I’ve been reading about called “neo-feudalism” – effectively a new and different type of aristocracy pops up, demanding indentured servitude reversing the last 400-500 years of the development of a free middle/merchant class. 

Description: The concept is one in which government policies are instituted with the effect (deliberate or otherwise) of systematically increasing the wealth gap between the rich and the poor while increasing the power of the rich and decreasing the actual power of the poor

In a proposed party-neutral definition of the term, the traits ascribed to a theoretical emerging neofeudalism would not belong to one political party alone but would be emergent throughout the whole political system …This definition describes a version of neofeudalism with its origin squarely in the realm of business interests and the interests of business owners actively advancing agendas that benefit them personally through political action committees and lobbying efforts directed at politicians not in one, but in every political party. (Side question: we were supposed to see FEWER lobbyists in D.C. since 08, right? Hmmmm)

Feudal systems in antique societies usually had the common feature of being ruled by an extremely wealthy and powerful upper class  with nearly complete legal power over the lives and well-being of the impoverished lower classes of laborers, craftsmen, service professionals, farmer workers, and bond-servantsThe feudal upper classes were not subject to the same set of laws as the lower classes.

Some things fit

Still – a couple things simply couldn’t hold to the narrative. How would you have a feudalistic situation when you have a tops down federal government? Feudalism was based on small holdings & ended up shifting to national kingships only when the feudal lords were forced to combine their powers against other barbarians

Then I saw these competing demands from different branches of government.

Perhaps it is an intentionally created crisis in hopes that people will run for economic cover under the protective influence of Washington D.C’s stone fortressed walls, but there are so many different little fiefdoms – so many of which disagree. Why, it’s our own personal “Knights of the Round table” obligatory musical interlude!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2010 7:45 am

    I don’t know. I think most of these people were “too cool” to play D&D as kids. I think the ne0-feudalism is less likely than neo-18th-Century France. I don’t expect either scenario to end well for any side.

  2. March 30, 2010 7:37 am

    Totally agree with you Amy….right now there isn’t a lot that we can do besides continue to point out these fallacies and then vote our conscience. There are more liberties than just those of the libertine…while a general set of the population seems content to only be left with those types of liberties, eventually the D&D dungeonmaster must come to clamp down on them as well (when there’s no one else left)

  3. Amy permalink
    March 30, 2010 4:02 am

    If it weren’t so darned serious, it would amuse me that the heart of neofeudalism is found in Elliot, from “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”:

    “I have absolute power! Say it!”

    That sentiment works fine in one’s own basement with one’s own circle of friends who agree to be governed by a dungeonmaster. But there’s always push-back when you try and bring your D & D worldview to bear on everyone else, whether it’s reactance from the cheerleader in geometry class, or reactance from the kid who’s gonna quietly wield actual intellectual power over the real world…

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