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The New Feudalism
TSA Pays Off In Breast Exposure Suit ... Texas woman, 24, receives "nominal" settlement ... The woman who sued the Transportation Security Administration after her breasts were exposed during a frisking at a Texas airport will receive a "nominal" payment from the government as part of a legal settlement ... The settlement was disclosed in documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in Amarillo, where Lynsie Murley last year filed a lawsuit accusing the TSA of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress in connection with the May 2008 incident at the Corpus Christi airport. – Smoking Gun
Dominant Social Theme: Fairness is the least that can be expected.
Free-Market Analysis: A new feudalism is being born. It is a quite deliberate effort of the power elite in our view, but people don't notice it – or haven't verbalized it – because it is difficult to analyze something when one is in the middle of it. But the feudal evolution is surely occurring. We can see its signature in the article above but there are many other signs.
Feudalism's "flourishing" or time-span was between ninth and 15th century, apparently. It was not a formal system but a sociopolitical evolution of relationships between various power nexuses. Wikipedia describes feudalism as "a set of reciprocal legal and military obligations among the warrior nobility, revolving around the three key concepts of lords, vassals and fiefs. There is also a broader definition, as described by Marc Bloch (1939), that includes not only warrior nobility but the peasantry bonds of manorialism, sometimes referred to as a ‘feudal society.'"
The evolution of the new feudalism can be seen in various ways, including the erosion of property rights for the middle class and the increasing molding of employment around the vast portfolios of the powers-that-be. (Lawyers and accountants are in high-demand.) The Western middle classes – especially in America where they have been the most vital – are under sustained attack. Taxes, inflation and unemployment are signatures of such a society, along with expansive regulations.
Of course the economic issues mentioned above have been features of Western regulatory democracies for some time. What is changing is the regulatory environment and people's attitudes towards its enforcement. Partially as a result of a bad economy, people are more willing to put up with a level of authoritarianism that would have disturbed them years ago. Ms. Murley is something of an exception, yet even here it is not her reaction that is so noteworthy as the attitude of those who harassed her. Here's some more from the article:
The 24-year-old Murley alleged that after being "singled out for extended search procedures," a TSA agent frisked her and "pulled Plaintiff's blouse completely down, exposing Plaintiff's breasts to everyone in the area." Her complaint noted that, "as would be expected," Murley was "extremely embarrassed and humiliated." Murley charged that TSA employees "joked and laughed about the incident for an extended period of time." After leaving the security line to be "consoled by an acquaintance who had brought her to the airport," Murley returned to the line, where a male TSA worker said that he had wished he was there when she first passed through. The employee, Murley recalled, added that "he would just have to watch the video."
There is a sense of entitlement, even arrogance, among TSA employees, or so it seems; and this is evidently and obviously shared by other government workers in the US, including law enforcement officials. There are endless reports in mainstream media of inappropriate use of tazers, and of outright shootings; the drug-war has been especially corrosive to American civil rights, encouraging government "takings" of private property without due process. Government service is increasingly glorified, if not rhetorically than through compensation. The average government worker apparently makes up to 50 percent more than the average individual in the private sector.
The inequities are increasingly obvious. Senior government officials contravene tax laws without penalty; central banks hand out trillions to favored financial firms and corporations; government secrecy is increasingly enshrined by judicial fiat along with the ever-expanding power of the US executive bench via authoritarian executive orders. As the inequities increase, so does the arrogance. Gradually a two-tier society is created.
At the center of the new feudalism, apparently, are the Anglosphere's great banking families and assorted appendages: major multinationals and even elements of church institutions. Beyond the core are lesser families and wealthy entrepreneurs, along with the corporate and government lieges that carry out the will of the central core. Still further down are government workers, soldiers, intelligence agents and others working within formal government institutions. In the private sector, lawyers, accountants and academic professors provide resources for the emergence of the new feudalism. Then, finally, there are the vassals ... everyone else.
The new feudalism is evidently to be worldwide; and the drive toward increased global governance is to be accompanied by eroding economic conditions, food insecurity and heightened authoritarianism. There is evidently and obviously a pattern in what is occurring; a level of planning seems evident and the implementation is ongoing. On the other hand, as we have pointed out, there has been a shock to the system: the Internet, the advent of which was unexpected. It has resulted in close scrutiny of the emergent new feudalism and may yet help ameliorate it.
Conclusion: The new feudalism is not being built openly but in secret; society is to be reorganized gradually and without any fanfare. But it is difficult to conduct a pan-social reconfiguration under the bright lights of electronic scrutiny. The Tea Party in America and the austerity riots in Europe are but two examples of the Internet's impact in our view. And just yesterday, protests flared in Tunisia, with much of the organizing apparently taking place on Facebook as occurred previously in Iran. Signs of the new feudalism are widespread; but because of the ‘Net, its imposition remains somewhat problematic.
Posted by Fitz on 01/15/11 11:08 AM
At least the serfs of bygone days were capable of feeding themselves. Most of today's "everybody else" in the US would starve if it came to that. The elite are in a much better position today.
Posted by Enlightened Despot on 01/15/11 09:25 AM
Serfs that can fly to all points of the compass? How forward thinking! If, as you conclusion indicates, this new way of thinking is conducted in secret, what do we have to fear from it? At least you cover your flank by declaring its imposition problematic. A brave effort but hopelessly flawed.
Reply from The Daily Bell
"Serfs that can fly to all points of the compass?"
You are confusing the Bell with Harry Potter?
Posted by Estelle Edwards on 01/15/11 05:19 AM
BRAVO! I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Posted by Wayne on 01/15/11 04:05 AM
Sorry about that
Here's a better link
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Posted by Wayne on 01/15/11 04:00 AM
For those readers of The Daily Bell who are not familiar with with the type of techniques used to control Society, I submit that the master of the techniques of control used today was Edward Bernays
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Posted by Wayne on 01/15/11 03:25 AM
Let a member of the "elites" tell us how it is really done
And this is this case more often than not
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Yes, there are occasional "false flag" ops, but only when something very special needs to be orchestrated.
Posted by Ron Jones on 01/15/11 01:52 AM
Everywhere I look, I see self-identifying "conservatives" who have what must be a pathological need to adhere to "the rule of law" (whatever that is).
We will not be free until we take our freedom. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson 'Liberty, once lost, cannot be won back incrementally.'
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Posted by Ingo Bischoff on 01/15/11 12:59 AM
@ Bruce on 1/14/2011 9:06:10 PM
If your comment is supposed to point up incongruity in my claim that California no longer administers the use of allodial lands equitably, I cannot read it from your comments.
There is not one iota with which I disagree in what you say.
I believe you misunderstand the "equitable administration" part.
Allodial lands, as you rightly state cannot be taxed. However, allodial title accruing to a sovereign carries with it the duty of administering its use equitably. This is done through the issuance of "fee simple" titles and the valuation of the lands under "fee simple" title by an elected official of a sovereign's subdivision, such as a county assessor. The valuations are then used by the taxing authority given by the sovereign to the municipalities and districts to collect a "land value" tax by applying a mil rate. The tax in essence amounts to the rental of the land with the rent based on the value of the land granted for exclusive use in perpetuity under "fee simple" title.
Proposition 13 passed in 1979 effected change in the California Constitution which did away with the valuation of allodial lands held for exclusive use. My remark that California violated the equitable administration duties of allodial lands stems from the fact that lands held under "fee simple" title are no longer assessed according to land value.
Posted by LibertyBelle on 01/15/11 12:55 AM
@'Ole Grey Ghost:
"If one wants to live free then one needs to live outside the Law. Don't be a criminal, just be an Outlaw..."
Excellent! Thank you 'ole Grey Ghost!This is what I am working on for myself. See them and consciously step out from under their influence! Don't play by the rules they create as the cards are marked and the game is rigged in their favor. Create something new and better that will attract others.
This new direction and attitude is easier for me now as I have lost so much in the last few years and have learned to let go...and in so doing TPTB, in their greed, have taken the carrot that kept me in line. HA! Fii on you! I am not alone, and in that there is hope! Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. Kris Kristofferson got that right.
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 01/14/11 10:26 PM
@ Ingo Bischoff
Many thanks for taking the time to write that history and analysis. Very enlightening.
Posted by Frank on 01/14/11 09:48 PM
"The new feudalism is evidently to be worldwide; and the drive toward increased global governance is to be accompanied by eroding economic conditions, food insecurity and heightened authoritarianism."
Could we use the word "accomplished" in place of accompanied?
Posted by Wayne on 01/14/11 09:21 PM
Well, it's time to play serf and king again.
For most of us, that will be a tax break, for this bureaucracy will have to go.
Just what professions prospered under feudlaism is what we need to know now.
Jesters and traveling troupes of entertaining women seemed to have done well, along with gold/silver lenders
Posted by Bruce on 01/14/11 09:06 PM
@ Ingo Bischoff the allegation that California no longer administers allodial lands equitably is incongruous.
Allodial lands, by definition, cannot be taxed. Allodial lands are not taxed. Taxes are levied and assessed against lands held in fee simple under mortgage. The assessment is against the possessory rights of land in which the state has an interest by way of the bank holding title through mortgage, the bank being an agent (vassal) of the political state by incorporation. Taxed lands are held by color of title in fee. That's right, all property taxes are feudal by definition. All demands for payment against government services which require a fee are by definition feudal.
Posted by Ingo Bischoff on 01/14/11 08:53 PM
There is "Feudalism", but "New Feudalism" defined to be the Anglosphere's great banking families and assorted appendages: such as major multinationals and elements of church institutions as the core.
Then, the definition includes lesser families and wealthy entrepreneurs, along with corporate and government lieges that carry out the will of the central core. Still further it includes government workers, soldiers, intelligence agents and other workers within formal government institutions.
Then the definition of "New Feudalism" is extended to the private sector, and it includes lawyers, accountants and academic professors. Then, finally there are the vassals who are represented by everyone else." Such definition of "New Feudalism" seems awfully convoluted to me.
"Feudalism" is one of three economic systems. The other two economic systems are "Slavery" and "Capitalism". An economic system receives its name from the primacy of either of the factors in the production of wealth.
The factors of production are "Land", "Labor" and "Capital". An economic system is different from a "distribution system".
There are two types of distribution systems. They are "Free Markets" and "Socialism".
Socialism is known by different names in relation to the degree of control exercised over markets or distribution.
There is "Democratic Socialism" (in Democracies), "National Socialism" (in Oligarchies) and the severest form of Socialism which is Communism (in Dictatorships).
There are five different forms of government. They are "Dictatorship", "Oligarchy", "Democracy", "Anarchy" and a "Republic".
Only Dictatorships/Oligarchies and Republics are stable forms of government. Democracies and Anarchy soon spent themselves and end up as one of the two stable forms of government, most likely as a Dictatorship or Oligarchy.
As to the evolution of "Feudalism", the starting point of the 8th Century is about correct. When Rome fell in the 4th Century, the economic system of "Slavery" died with the Roman Empire.
Out of the "Dark Age" emerged the economic system of "Feudalism" on the European Continent, supported by the "Church of Rome". The Catholic Church in Rome ministered to the soul of the "serfs", while the Feudal Lord ministered to the physical survival of the "serfs".
The "serf" was an individual human in his own right, except that he survived only by permission of the Feudal Lord granting him access to the "Land", which by divine right, conferred by the Church of Rome, belonged to the Feudal Lord.
"Vassals" were those individual humans who were given exclusive use rights to land in turn for military and other services provided to the Feudal Lord. That was the "Feudalism" which "William the Conqueror" brought to England when he defeated the Anglo-Saxon armies at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
When the Roman Legions vacated the English Isles in the 4th Century, Angles, Saxons, Friesen and Jutes emigrating from the European Continent filled the void. These tribes, collectively known as "Anglo-Saxons", developed the Roman "Land Trust" Law into the "Allodial Title" Law by which the sovereign government held absolute title to land and was charged with the equitable administration of the land for use by its subjects.
"Anglo-Saxon" Law concentrated creation and administration of the Law on the lowest level of government. Such law is known as "Peoples Law".
With the defeat of the Anglo-Saxon armies at Hastings in 1066, "William the Conqueror" put large tracts of Anglo-Saxon land under "Feudal Law". Under Feudal Law, the Feudal Lord makes the rules and enforces them. Such law is known as "Rulers Law".
The early American settlers, mostly in New England, were primarily refugees from the "Feudal System" in England. The letter by Thomas Jefferson to King George III on the "Rights of British America" is pretty revealing in that regard.
The lands along the southern Atlantic coast of America were largely settled by Englishmen who had accepted Feudal Law. The attempt to establish a Feudal System in America failed because of the large size of the American Continent and the nomadic, tribal existence of the natives. The solution was "Black Slavery" which in its severity was much harsher than "Slavery" as an economic system from Sumer to the fall of Rome.
The "American Revolutionary War" was in essence a revisit of the Battle of Hastings, except that with the victory at Yorktown, the "Anglo-Saxons" this time defeated the "Feudal Monarch".
To forestall any other attempt of establishing "Feudalism" in America, the founders specifically wrote into the U.S. Constitution the prohibition of official acknowledgement of any aristocratic title. They further required by provisions in Article IV of the U.S. Constitution that any new State to the Union must have a Constitution establishing a Republican form of government which holds "allodial title" to lands within its borders. The U.S. Constitution is unquestionably "Anglo-Saxon" Law, meaning "People's Law".
The only State which broke the covenant with the rest of the States to administer allodial lands equitably was the State of California when it changed its Constitution as required by the passage of Proposition 13 in 1979.
If there is such a thing as "New Feudalism", it was established in California in 1979. No longer have allodial lands in California been administered equitably for thirty years. The economic, financial and political conditions in California today are the direct result of this violation of the conditions under which the State joined the union. The banking and real estate interest which brought about this "New Feudalism" has plans to do the same for the rest of the 49 States.
To the extent that the U.S. Congress and their central banker friends will bail out the State of California to that same extent one can judge how successful the new "Feudal Lords" are to turn Americans into "vassals" and "serfs".
Posted by John Danforth on 01/14/11 08:34 PM
Way earlier, you asked my thoughts on users. I would have put it about the same way you did. I strive to keep them out of my life wherever possible. I prefer not to acknowledge their existence. I prefer they not even know I exist. The ones I encounter at work, I no longer steamroll (no fun anymore), but just let them self-destruct. A little tiny assist in a tangential way at just the right time usually propels them out nicely. If it doesn't, the employer is allowed to get what he is paying for, and if that continues for very long, then that doesn't include my help.
As Ol' Grey Ghost points out, some of them you can't avoid, because they assume positions of 'authority'.
Posted by Ken on 01/14/11 07:58 PM
And one thing authorities don't like to hear is,prove your authority over a sovereign being.Corporations and thier employees have no authority over sovereign beings only over enities( all capitol letter name).You have to know who you are and who you are not.
Posted by Ol' Grey Ghost on 01/14/11 06:40 PM
There are those who write the Law, which the video John listed might call the "farmers."
There are those who are Law-abiding, which that same video might call "livestock."
If one wants to live free then one needs to live outside the Law. Don't be a criminal, just be an Outlaw...
Posted by MetaCynic on 01/14/11 06:29 PM
DB's prophecy is beginning to come true. Thanks to the Internet and to Facebook in particular, the serfs of Tunisia appear to have forced feudalism to take a step back today. The head thug of 23 years suddenly disappeared after his security forces were unable to quell mounting demonstrations and civil disobedience facilitated by Facebook networking. And Tunisia is the least oppressive dictatorship in the region!
The serfs in Algeria, Libya and Egypt have already noticed how the internet has flexed its muscle. They will undoubtedly be inspired and emboldened by this development. Obama cautiously voiced his approval. I wonder if he and the Western ruling classes really understand what had just happened. Rulers quickly become history once they are de-legitimized in their subjects minds.
Posted by Gunter on 01/14/11 06:00 PM
I've coined the terminology before. I call it "The Church of State." (not sure about the capitals though)
Wether one calls it a new form of feudalism or nationalism, IMHO they do not cover the current societal drawing-board.
If you take organised religion however; if one compares the state to an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-hearing deity, a lot of the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Well, it is how the puppeteers would want us to see "the church of state."
One can easily comprehend why a global government is so critical to this church. One MUST have the feeling that escape is impossible, resistance is futile. It is then also comprehensible why still so many of the sheeple say "Well, it's not so bad."
The enlightenment didn't happen on the morning after Gutenberg invented the printing-press. But eventually, enough people saw the prison-bars.
Posted by Werner on 01/14/11 05:59 PM
I dhout I dsaw a putty cat outside de cage!!!