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The neo-feudalism of corporations

From Russ on the Volatility blog:

Contrary to propaganda, there’s nothing modernistic about corporations. On the contrary, they’re a carryover phenomenon from feudalism.

This feudal vestige persisted through the early heyday of capitalism, soon becoming the preferred mode of organization to prevent the full textbook logic of capitalism from developing. The result was that the economy never evolved beyond a feudal-capitalist hybrid.

And once capitalism reached its terminal stage starting in the 1970s, where the combination of Peak Oil and the terminally declining profit rate threatened to attenuate forms of economic domination completely, the corporation became the basic unit of class war, and the anti-social, anti-political, anti-sovereign form around which full feudalism is intended to be restored. Continue reading

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The New Feudalism — does corporate buyout of farmland help to transform independent farmers into mere serfs?

In anticipation of Michael Schmidt’s visit to Saskatchewan early next month to talk about raw milk, here is some background on what’s happening with agriculture on the prairies. The story below is from The Globe and Mail where it’s titled “Do corporate buyouts signal the end of the family farm?“. The video below is not directly related. Thanks to Karen Selick for posting it first:

“Larry Spratt was combining with his father on their grain farm near Melfort, Sask., last November when a car pulled up along a nearby highway. Continue reading

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First they came for the raw milk…

From Russ at the “Volatility” blog:

“I’ve never drank raw milk, but it’s my right to do so. Humanity has done so for tens of thousands of years. On a broader level, we have a human and constitutional right to grow and produce our own food and distribute it among ourselves as citizens. When you read the history books few things stand out as so emblematic of tyranny as feudal designations of all the produce of the land and the farmer as belonging to the king or the nobles. Continue reading

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