I can’t help but wonder how people living during the feudal system felt about the way things were. Where there were three distinct classes of people, the lower levels being progressively indentured to those above, who in turn controlled existing land, capital and resources, dictated the manner in which their subordinates lived, and were provided with a regular tithe for their benevolence. With nothing better to compare it to, and centuries of the status quo, were they grateful for what they had? Did they argue amongst themselves over the relative merits of the economic principles underpinning their society? Did they aspire to anything so radical as a ‘free’ market?
Just a thought, with no particular connection to anything unless you care to draw those connections yourself. I’m sure these ponderings will find a way to bite me sometime in the distant future, but so be it.