July 30, 2014 in Commentary
Both capitalism and democracy are a shakedown, but you’re selling yourself into a completely different kind of shakedown if you think that a return of late feudalism is going to make things better. Chances are you can do just as well without it– maybe better.
For the people who have already sold themselves on the #LateFeudalism campaign, I want you all to stop a moment and ask yourself why you’re interested in it. Is it because of castles, and kings, and the glorified agrarian lifestyle? Don’t get me wrong, I think I could be very happy living on a farm, but I want you to stop thinking of a political system that strikes your fancy and political biases. I want you to look at your ends, or your objectives, and then critically look around to see if those ends are achievable where you are now.
The late feudal period gets a lot of props from its supporters because of some supposed 4 – 6 hour workday. That sounds a whole lot better than the mythological eight-hour workday that contemporary labor union supporters boast about. Last I checked, most people who get an eight hour work day aren’t making enough money support a family, let alone themselves. The ones that do earn enough on an eight hour workday are probably doing two jobs at once, or they’re one of the lucky few who landed a white collar corporate executive job. But, let’s not get wound up around the axle arguing about how many hours a day is the “right” number of hours to work. That would be like arguing over whether or not the 7 Minute Abs program is better than the 15 Minute Abs program, and it would just as worthless because nobody likes doing crunches. Read the rest of this entry →