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A feudal manor

September 5, 2012

I realize I’m late on the draw, but this still amuses me. Serfs! To your lords!

DNC video: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to”; Update: Not our video, says Obama campaign

and then we find out who’s cancelling our votes

“Regardless of where you live, you’re gonna be owned by someone at some point. I think the American government so far has been a fair government and I don’t necessarily hate that I’m owned by them at this point.”

What’s so fascinating about this particular view is how it ties to the new emerging class war

Forbes had a great article that goes one step further than GK Chesterton who said “abolish the God, and government becomes God” to answering the question “who replaces the clergy/clerical classes?”

Obama’s core middle-class support, and that of his party, comes from what might be best described as “the clerisy,” a 21st century version of France’s pre-revolution First Estate. This includes an ever-expanding class of minders — lawyers, teachers, university professors, the media and, most particularly, the relatively well paid legions of public sector workers…

Like teachers, much of academia and the legal bar like expanding government since the tax spigot flows in the right direction: that is, into their mouths. Like the old clerical classes, who relied on tithes and the collection bowl, many in today’s clerisy lives somewhat high on the hog

the clerisy has become a new, mass privileged class who live a safer, more secure life compared to those trapped in the harsher, less cosseted private economy.

what about the rest of us? we’re the updated version of the yeomanry

They are primarily small property owners who lack the girth and connections of the clerisy but resist joining the government-dependent poor

The clerisy labors largely in offices and has no contact with actual production. Many yeomen, particularly in business services, depend on industry for their livelihoods either directly or indirectly

It explains a lot – think about people driving Prius’, using a laptop and voting against new power plants in California. Personally I like to think about them trying to rough it without those things & realizing perhaps their life skills are….needing a little more “rugged” and a little less aristocratic?

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 5, 2012 9:48 pm

    Actually, I think the opposite. If a crisis occurs, the fact that government needs to rescue the “clerisy types” is only going to get more urgent. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy.

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