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The only problem I have with this analogy is that feudalism was a system of loyalty. Social relations were governed by formalized ties of loyalty between lord and vassal, instead of the current system of state and individual. While I would agree that our rulers are working diligently at curtailing democracy, eliminating widespread prosperity, and establishing a permanent aristocracy, I see no sign of the ties of loyalty that existed in feudal society.

Perhaps a system of personal fealty will arise as an end result of the current trend, but until then I'm not convinced that 'feudalism' is the correct analogy.

by Migel Sanchez on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 06:47:09 PM EST

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