Happy Tuesday, people!
Last night this bitch watched the first season of The Tudors on my beloved Roku.
There was nothing else on the telly, damn it.
Anyhoo…The Tudors is chock full of lots of lusty, swaggeristic, lord of the manor based drama.
As I watched each episode, I couldn’t help but notice how the king’s subjects seemed so thrilled to be acknowledged. Characters bowed and bobbed…others schemed for ways to gain his favor…and even those folks who hated his fucking guts kissed his ass in public.
The same kind of star fucking took place for the nobles...and I woke up this morning pondering the relationship between noble and subject and how it plays out today.
I’ve been chewing on the curious happening of regular working folks defending the perks of the rich for some time. It kicked into high gear here in America during the tax cut scuffle late last year. Some people tried to make an economic argument in defense of extending tax cuts for the rich. But a lot of people defended those cuts by asserting that, should we offend the rich by demanding they pay an equal percent in taxes as the rest of us, we ran the risk of losing favor with them and bringing down their wrath.
I’m now on my second cup of coffee…and I’m thinking that many among us suffer from a serf mentality.
Yeah, I know that Henry the VIII did away with serfdoms...but that doesn't mean he did away with the serf mentality.
Those suffering from it fear independence…scoff at independence…think people are fools for speaking of independence. In true Machiavellian fashion, they are reluctant to challenge the Prince or even seek a less assholic master.
Rather than venture out and try to sell their crops at market their own damn self, these people defend their lord’s right to take the fruits of their labor…they blush with pleasure when the Prince panders to them at a political rally…and they vehemently defend the merits of the system while the wealth of a people continues to be housed in the coffers of so few.
I guess this would sorta make sense if the few actually took care of their subjects.
But the condition of the people speaks volumes about the quality of our modern day nobles...just as the reluctance to get behind a reform of this shit speaks volumes about how hoodwinked and bamboozled many people are.
But hey, I suppose it beats being a serf.