It’s time to face the bitter reality before us. What should be two of the most potent weapons in this ideological war are proving to be ineffective duds. There are many reasons to explain the impotence, even irrelevance, of the charge of “Communist” and “Socialist,” despite what should be their devastating accuracy. However, I have an alternative that just might do the trick.
While researching and writing “Serf’s Up!” an action/adventure period piece screenplay about a peasant uprising, I had a startling revelation:
Maybe Barack Obama and his supporters are not Communists, not Socialists. Maybe they are Feudalists.
What if we are dealing with a resurgence of Feudalism, but under the guise of modern Progressivism? It may seem preposterous, but do not be so quick to dismiss the idea. Let’s look at what is actually happening and see if it fits.
We have a president trying to rule by executive power and regulation, making Congress irrelevant. Under Feudalism, there was no legislative body; the king or lord ruled by edict; his word was law.
We can see a special relationship between this president and many large union organizations. They receive preferential treatment from the government, and in turn, donate money and labor to election campaign efforts. The Feudal equivalent would be vassal states who are granted estates to oversee in terms of fealty in forms of tribute and troops for military campaigns.
Currently we are seeing an erosion of the middle class, with particular assaults on small business. One of the forces that helped bring an end to Feudalism was the creation and rise of a middle class and the emergence of mercantilism from an agrarian economic system.
As illustrated by the Fast and Furious fiasco, as well as sympathies for many in the administration for gun control efforts both domestic and global, it is evident that private ownership of firearms is also targeted. The invention of gunpowder and its effectiveness against fortifications helped to break the power of feudal lords, and the battlefield superiority of the armored vassal-knight.
Currently, there are many efforts aimed at controlling internet content, even wanting a “kill-switch” to shut it down. Feudal authority, manifested in the Lord or the church, effectively controlled information and knowledge (The Dark Ages) until the printing press (the internet of its day) changed everything.
Currently we see a trend to create a permanent underclass of people, wholly dependent upon the government, coupled with a deterioration in the protection of individual rights. Under Feudalism, peasants or serfs were seen as chattel, allowed to scrape out a meager living by toiling for the Lord, and wholly dependent upon His good graces for their existence, and afforded no rights or protections by law.
Are you with me yet? Can you not see the parallels? There are more examples, expanded government land grabs, rise of anti-Semitsim, and so on, but I think I’ve made my case. We could just as easily be seeing an attempt to return to a type of divine kingship (especially with all of the Messianic symbolism thrown about by the Obama faithful, as a effort for a new worker’s paradise. Frightening thought, isn’t it?
Now why try to make this point, why try to make the case for Feudalism? Because it’s all about messaging. When we cry “socialist” we often hear “So what? There are socialists in Europe. Big deal.” If we say “Communist” people often laugh. The young vote is compromised of people who have no memory of the Soviet Union. They probably think of guys in big fur hats and long coats when they hear talk of communists. Thanks to our educational system, “Marxist” is meaningless. Kids too young to remember Richard Marx certainly have not been taught anything about Karl. (Coincidentally, “Hold on to the Night” does have scathing undertones critical of redistribution of wealth philosophy.)
So, how is Feudalist any better than the others? Simply because it holds a connotation to something terrifying that most everyone can reference: the Renaissance Festival. Is there any future more dire than living in a never ending RenFest? I dare say not. And, thanks to Michelle, the few redeeming features, like suckling pig and roast turkey legs, will certainly not be allowed. If we can equate the over-priced entry fee with high taxes, the never ending parade of pathetic drama majors with government bureaucrats, then we just might start to be heard. Besides, it doesn’t matter what we are fighting against, but what we are fighting for that should matter. The enemies of freedom, though known by different names, are always the same in their oppression. In our struggle against this oppression, we should use every tool, every word that might be effective.
In conclusion, let me leave you with the title of part two of my soon-to-be-pitched epic trilogy:
“Resistance is Feudal!”
(And be sure to watch for the thrilling conclusion in part three, “Liege Siege.” Now, just out of curiosity, anyone happen to know how to get a script to Jason Statham’s agent?)