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The Rise of Neo-Feudalism

So, what lies beyond Post-Modernism?   I’m starting to think “Neo-Feudalism.” 

After being around really only 200 years or so, the Nation-State as we knew it may be disintegrating.   Economic unity?  Centralized public administration?  Unified national culture?  Can you say “economic meltdown,” “Social Security-Medicare-ObamaCare” or “Multi-culturalism?”  I knew that you could.  How about that War on Terror?  Again, who exactly is the enemy?

Some believe that the path of history is leading to Globalization, in spite of the avalanche of every day experiences propelling us ever faster down the slippery slope of decentralization:  the internet, cable TV, YouTube, Hulu, DVRs, satellite radio, GPS, the blogosphere, Facebook, iPods, smart phones, email, texting, eReaders — and all that is yet to come.  There is nothing virtual about the realities people are creating for themselves.

The competition to fill the void where nationalism once burned within us is intense, as evidenced by all the shrill wailing, desperate flailing and generally partisan gnashing of teeth in Washington DC.    Of course, the political class has the most to lose, since by definition ‘decentralization’ means a distancing, a liberation, a freedom from central authority, but they seem to be clueless that this change is more than the usual re-tallying of the Blue States/Red States count.

History’s course is always charted between the tyranny of man and the tyranny of nature.  Make no mistake, no shortage exists of other would-be Lords a-leapin’ to establish their own new fiefdoms:  in Energy (Environmentalists); in Finance (George Soros); in Healthcare (Progressives); in Faith (Al Qaeda); in Technology (Google).  Whose serfs might we become?

Whether we enter another “Dark Age” depends upon the torch we carry forward.  

I nominate:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

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