I’ve compared our form of government today to that of Feudalism Monarchy of medieval England and ironically find both to be very similar in the levels of classes.
It doesn’t matter what title any of the class levels are given, the two types of governments are the same, and each class level performs the same functions. The king or queen had absolute power, and ruled with guidance and assistance of their Nobles or Barons, much as our President is at the top of our governing ladder and presides with assistance of Congress and his political party affiliation. As like Nobles and Barons, those holding positions in Congress make or change legislation over the people of the country.
Knights were given land in exchange for providing protection to the Nobles or Barons, along with paying the required taxes and harvested foods to the monarch. Our Governors are in charge of each state, and regulate state level legislation and levied taxes to provide federal funds.
The bottom class level in both feudalism and democracy are the workers. They work to provide tax monies to all the classes above them with little or no say in the legislation of the country nor the taxes levied upon them by the upper classifications.
Keeping the similarities between democracy and feudalism in mind, I’m wondering if our forefathers designed our democratic form of government after feudalism. We have a President, the head of our country, we have those in Congress who regulate the country, we have Governors who regulate the states, and we have the people who are the workers to provide levied federal and state taxes along with manufacturing and farming to provide the needs of the country. The difference being that in democracy, the workers are given the right to vote and have a say in our government. But do we really?
We, the workers, aren’t able to regulate minimum wages or federal and state income taxes, federal and state spending, cost of consumer products, price of petroleum, or property taxes, all of which affect our daily lives, and every year taxes and costs continue to climb and place more of a burden on the workers to provide to the royalty in the state capitals and to Washington, D.C. Sure, we have the right to vote for whomever into the state and federal positions, but those able to campaign are those within the upper classes and higher incomes. The question is, are they qualified for the position or just qualified to purchase their position, much the same as feudal Nobles and Barons, whose interest was in gaining power and money rather than the monarchy or country. Because of their positions in the royal court they would increase taxes owed by the workers to maintain those positions, power, and money, much the same as the politicians of our democracy. We’re being taxed to death to help maintain their positions and lifestyles.
In summary, my opinion is, is that our democracy form of government isn’t any different than the feudal system of government of centuries ago. Our forefathers just renamed the class levels and designed a larger network of positions to justify calling it a democracy.
Whats your opinion?
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There are of course similarities between the different levels of our government and those in Feudalism, in that they are both hierarchical. But I think the functions of each level in society are quite different, and it’s a big generalization to say they are totally the same. Your article is a case in point. Do you think a feudal peasant would be able to publish his opinions without some kind of punishment? The distribution of rights and power (and in turn, functions) in the feudal system was incredibly more top-heavy than it is today.