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  •  Besides, the whole idea is to keep the serfs on (8+ / 0-)

    the lower edge of quiet desperation, so they don't storm the castle.

    •  Good comparison (2+ / 0-)
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      whenwego, No one gets out alive

      When considering that there is a severe lack of social, economic, and physical mobility in contemporary society, the idea of a neo-serfdom is not far off the mark.

      The serfs were "enslaved" based upon their ties to the land, and were unable to move elsewhere for better opportunities.

      Many in America are unable to move from failing areas, or accept new opportunities, because of the severe poverty that keeps them as renters rather than owners, as their labor is spent living day to day, rather than saving for the future.

      Much as the aristocrats in Russia refused to hand over land upon the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, so are the capitalist owners in contemporary society unwilling to part with their own piece of the pie in order to better the whole of society.

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