Roy’s Rants put this comparison up on the blog yesterday:
The Mercury’s Evan Brandt provides a detailed report on the status of the Pottstown borough manager’s position and interim manager, Mark Flanders:
Here’s a closer look at the facts surrounding the contract with Remington, Vernick and Beach:
was a condition of bondage or modified slavery which developed primarily during the High Middle Ages in Europe and lasted in some countries until the mid-19th century.” Serfdom can be found in pockets of local government in the United States today, for example:
The Serfdom of Pottstown
Serfs who occupy a plot of land are required to work for the Lord of the Manor, (fix the public sidewalks, clean up the trash and debris in public areas, including the streets, maintain their public trees, keep their homes free of codes violations, pay their taxes and municipal fees, monitor the drug dealers and slumlords, clean up plots of land that slumserfs neglect, mind their tenants when they get unruly, and so forth.)
Wikipedia: ”serfs are entitled to protection, justice and the right to exploit certain fields within the Manor to maintain their own subsistence.”
Pottstown Serfdom: the Manor has the right to exploit certain fields within the serfdom to maintain their own bodacious salaries. Protection and Justice? **The serfs are out to lunch on that one.
“The Manor formed the basic unit of feudal society and the Lord of the Manor and his serfs were bound legally, economically, and socially. Serfs formed the lowest social class of feudal society.”
OK maybe that’s a bit unrepresentative of the Manor. Serfs don’t hang much, socially, with the Manor folk because the Manor folk don’t want to get their boots dirty. Sometimes the serfs go to the Manor to express, in three minutes or less, an idea, an opinion, or maybe they have a…ho hum…complaint. Serfs are known to complain a lot and the Manor folk complain that the serfs complain too much.
Eventually, the serfs recognize it is futile to complain, in a feudal society. In fact, futile to share ideas, opinions, insights or education – because the Manor doesn’t seem to care. The serfs? They stop going to the Manor altogether unless it’s completely unavoidable.
Instead, serfs make do and they make haste while the sun shines, for their duties never end and.the taxes must be paid. They grumble among themselves that “they’d like the Serfdom of Pottstown to leave the High Middle Ages governance to history and leap into the modern world of communication, team work, technology and progress.”
Serf’s know it’s possible because they see it happening in modern-day communities all around them and, for now…. they watch and dream.