Sunday, February 17, 2019
Forward To The Past - Feudalism And Communism :: Communism Essays
<a href="http//www.geocities.com/vaksam/">Sam Vaknins Psychology, Philosophy, Economics and Foreign Affairs Web SitesThe core countries of exchange Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary and, to a lesser extent, Poland) experienced industrial capitalism in the inter-war period. But the countries comprising the vast expanses of the New Independent States, Russia and the Balkan had no rattling acquaintance with it. To them its zealous introduction is nothing but another ideological experiment and not a very rewarding one at that. It is often said that there is no precedent to the extant fortean variety from totalitarian communism to liberal capitalism. This might well be true. Yet, dissilient capitalism is not without historical example. The study of the birth of capitalism in feudal Europe may yet lead to some surprise and potentially useful insights. The Barbarian conquest of the teetering Ro piece of music Empire (410-476 AD) tell five centuries of existential insec urity and mayhem. Feudalism was the countrysides reaction to this damnation. It was a Hobsons excerption and an explicit trade-off. Local lords defended their vassals against nomad intrusions in return for perpetual service bordering on slavery. A small percentage of the population lived on trade in arrears the massive walls of Medieval cities. In most parts of central, eastern and southeastern Europe, feudalism endured well into the twentieth century. It was entrenched in the legal systems of the hassock Empire and of Czarist Russia. Elements of feudalism survived in the mellifluous and prolix prose of the Habsburg codices and patents. just about of the denizens of these moribund swathes of Europe were farmers - only the profligate and parasitic members of a plain minority inhabited the cities. The present brobdignagian agricultural sectors in countries as various as Poland and Macedonia attest to this continuity of feudal practices. Both manual lying-in and trade were derid ed in the Ancient World. This derision was partially eroded during the temperamental Ages. It survived only in relation to trade and other "non-productive" financial activities and take down that not past the thirteenth century. Max Weber, in his opus, "The City" (New York, MacMillan, 1958) exposit this mental shift of paradigm thus "The medieval citizen was on the bearing towards becoming an economic man ... the ancient citizen was a political man". What communism did to the lands it permeated was to freeze this early feudal frame of mind of arrogance towards "non-productive", "city-based" vocations. Agricultural and industrial occupations were romantically extolled. The cities were berated as hubs of moral turpitude, decadence and greed.