La Societe Feudale-

feudalism

“Feudalism doesn’t refer to a point in time or history when streets were filled with mud and people lived as peasants (although that was sometimes the case).  Instead, it refers to an economic and political system, just like democracy or communism or socialism or theocracy.  The biggest difference is that instead of power being held by the people, the government, or the church, power is held by those who own property and the other necessities of life.  At its essential core, feudalism could be defined as government of, by, and for the rich.

“Marc Bloch…points out that feudalism is a fracturing of one authoritarian hierarchical structure into another: The state disintegrates as local power brokers take over.”

“There is a slight debate, in that some scholars like Benjamin Guerard say feudalism must be land-based… but the consensus is that when the wealthiest in a society take over government and then weaken it so that it no longer can represent the interests of the people, the transition has begun into a new era of feudalism.

“The transition from a governmental society to a feudal one is marked by the rapid accumulation of power and wealth in a few hands, with a corresponding reduction in the power and responsibilities of government.  Once the rich and powerful gain control of the government, they turn it upon itself, usually first eliminating its taxation process as it applies to themselves….”

-Thom Hartmann 

Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights

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~ by shantam on November 30, 2007.

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