Although not so precisely stated, the fundamental principle of feudalism as practiced in the Dark Ages in much of Europe – and in Japan – is pretty well understood. “You swear to follow, obey, and be a loyal supporter to me, and I and my superiors will protect you and your family and followers from anyone else who would kill, rape, rob, enslave, or otherwise attack you.”
It was the foundation of those societies way back in the 7th and 13th Centuries, and as late as the 19th Century in some places. Even today we can see traces of it in the societies, the cultures, of Latin America and other countries.
Of course, like any other governmental or societal system, feudalism decayed. Note the “anyone else” in the definition: the feudal overlord more and more exempted himself (or herself: women were also in power even then, at least some of the time). He could kill, rape, rob, etc. his own vassals often with near impunity. Especially the villeins nearly at the bottom of the social order. (Outright slaves were the bottom.)
Supposedly we here in the Fifty States – and supposedly the “developed world” – have abandoned and rejected that concept of life and society. Feudalism is deemed incompatible with liberty, human freedom, and such well-worshipped if flawed concepts as democracy and fair play. And indeed, a foundation of supposed white supremacy.
But those enemies of liberty who seek to keep and increase their wealth and power over others have really never abandoned that basic idea of feudalism: supposed mutual obligations between two persons – and their families (past, present and future) and followers – who are unequal in stature, status, and power.
So we get abominable situations like this 987 billion dollar act now in Congress, as described by an organization (ARTBA) of the vassals (or would-be vassals) in a neo-feudal America. The “Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework” or BIF – supported by 22 conscript parents would even more firmly establish a feudal framework for society. In which companies (big and small) and therefore their owners, managers, and employees would be vassals of the politicians (and THEIR families and supporters) and bureaucrats.
The relationship is pretty clear: “You support me and mine by shoveling ‘money’ at me to go out and build things for you and yours to support your power and wealth. You protect me and mine from ugly things like the free market and having to do things in a voluntary, mutually agreeable way. And I back all the rest of your agenda for power and destroying the very fabric of society.”
Although it appears to be relationships between organizations on the surface, it is not. It goes down to personal relationships: between lords and vassals, masters and servants. A place for everyone and everyone in their place.
I admit that there is a fine line between the voluntary and mutually beneficial relationships essential for free markets and free societies and this. Attitude is a part of it, but so is the vast disparity between the parties. In particular, the employer-employee (or master-servant) relationship in a free society is based on voluntary agreement and association, terminated (or modified) at will by either party.
Neo-feudalism may be voluntary initially but quickly transforms into an involuntary relationship, especially for the unequal less-powerful junior: the vassal. The same thing applies to the buyer-seller relationship and the provider-client one: the more the feudal overlord regulates and manages and modifies these relationships, the more feudal-like they become. (Although we often do not think of them in that way.)
Feudalism and its features and techniques are just one of the ways in which the so-called Tranzi elite seek to enslave, rule, and loot the world. Especially these Fifty States. Recognizing this is an important part of being able to fight against their ever-increasing power. We as free people and lovers of liberty ALSO have our power increasing constantly, though we may not always see it that way. Compared to the common people of medieval Europe or Japan, we are enormously more able to defend ourselves against the enemies of liberty and their evils, however they operate. We CAN regain and keep our liberty.