A lot of people who hate corporations (make sure to say it with a sneer on your face so those around you will know you think of them as eeeeeeeebil) and the modern way of life say they'd like to go back to simpler, pre-corporate times. They would like to get back to "natural" things like eating only locally-grown foods, not killing animals for food, wearing only natural fibers, and the like.
These people are the same ones, a lot of times, that believe the government should take care of us all (benevolently, of course) with free health care (it's a *RIGHT* don't ya know), and making sure that *everything* is "equal".
Let's look at this. In the good old medieval days, people still worked for their sustenance, their shelter, their clothing. The kings (or let's call them the old-time government) didn't take care of them ... and those self-same kings or their lords (corporations?) still got their taxes, one way or another. The kings with lots of lords got the taxes from them, who got the taxes (or whatever) from the peasants ... 'course, you know they had to keep some for themselves, too, for the upkeep of the castle and lands that kept the peasants safe (or at least tried to).
If the peasants (that's you and me) had coinage, the lord got a percentage ('course, I understand that those taxes got hiked periodically, depending on whether the king had to fight a war or play host to another king) ... if the peasant had no coinage, they had to pay with the goods or harvest they produced with their hard labor and the sweat of their brow... and sometimes they were required to spend a certain amount of time in actual servitude to the king.
Oh, and that eating only locally-grown food thing .. let's just hope there isn't a drought or a blight or someone diverts your water (like the federal gov't has been known to do in Oregon and California in the past ten years ... in the name of helping the environment) ... good luck with that.
The king/lords didn't dole out clothing ... people raised fiber animals (oh, and cows and pigs, 'cause let's remember that people back then had no problem with wearing leather), which they used not only for fiber, but also for (eeeebil) meat to feed their families. (Remember, no contraception back in those days .. ever hear the old adage: The rich got richer and the poor got children?) I imagine that, if you were lucky enough to have some sheep, you sheared them, carded the wool, spun it, wove it, sewed it, and clothed your family. IF you were fortunate enough to have more than strictly what your family needed for a given season, you probably either put up extra for a leaner time when it wasn't as plentiful, or you took the extra and traded it to a neighbor who might have something you didn't. Leftists might call this the first "co-op" system ... I like to think of it as the first exercises in free trade.
The king/lord didn't give the peasants remember (that's you and me) food to keep your family healthy, the tools to grow said food, and weapons with which to keep your family safe. Nope! The peasants (remember who that is) had to grow their own food and be diligent about taking very good care of their crops, for without them they and their families would starve. The peasants had to fashion their tools out of whatever they could, possibly harnessing animal labor (remember, animals couldn't sue their "human companions" back in those days, as some in federal gov't would like to make "possible" in these days). If a peasant didn't have the right tools, he learned to make them, to make do with what he had, or traded with another neighbor for something the neighbor valued. (Again with the free trade??) And the weapons .... sticks, staffs, rocks ... whatever ... they weren't thought of as eeeeeebil, but rather as a necessity for keeping the family, the home, the goods, the crops, the animals ... safe ... from others who would like to take what wasn't theirs, to take what they hadn't worked for. (Wow, those people have been with us in one form or another for a very long time, haven't they??)
And then there was health care.
Let's see ... actually, there wasn't health care. And no one was "entitled" to health care. If you were fortunate enough to live near someone who knew something about the healing arts, about herbs and tonics, and basic first aid ('course, they didn't call it that back then, did they) ... you *might* be able to get help when Seamus broke his leg or Meg needed help delivering her baby ... (unless you were concerned about the healer being a witch [seems like most healers are noted as being women ... men being out growing crops and tending/raising livestock and such?], which might have sometimes been true, sometimes not).
There was little to no innovation in medicine in what is now considered the English-speaking world the until ... what? ... the 1700s-ish?? Samuel Hanhemann first proposed homeopathic remedies around 1796, which he developed through rigorous trials ... before things like homeopathy, people didn't have a *lot* of medicines to choose from. After the 1700s, I'm thinking medical advances started coming more rapidly ... but back in the medieval times, you were lucky to get someone who knew how to sew up a wound .. probably more likely to get a mustard plaster or poultice (or whatever) and a dirty bandage. Back then it wasn't even widely held that people should wash their hands or bathe, for pity's sake!
But to expect the king to send someone to your hovel to look at a splinter or tell you why you felt a certain way ... and let's be honest .. there was probably a lot of depression that "just was", and things got infected, and food spoiled and caused illness, and babies didn't all survive, and there was no CPR, and people died of "the fever" or "consumption", and people didn't all understand about sanitation.....
Average Lifespan Expectancies (scroll down to the table broken out by "ages")
Life might have been "simple", but it required hard work, perseverance, a sense of duty, and a willingness to be content with what you had, without demanding what you want or feel you need -- as your right, as your "due" -- from those who had more.
Maybe it's just me, but these leftists who cry out for a return to a simpler time, who decry (with a sneer) corporations, free trade, class systems, hard work, health care that costs something ... they're just crying out for a "simpler" time that was harsher in many ways, allowed for a lot less enjoyment of life, killed you faster, had a lot less security ... they're crying out for what's really just an earlier version of life today (minus faith, electronics and hygiene ... and a few other things).
If you like sci-fi books at all, I can recommend an interesting series ... "The Change Series" ... it's by S.M. Stirling, and takes place in the Pacific NorthWet (yes, I leave out the "s" because it's fun and unexpected, and it can be so wet here ... when we're not 20" below the average rainfall we should've had this year) and specifically most of the first three books takes place in the Willamette Valley, where I grew up.
I've read the first five of the series (the sixth was to come out this Autumn, but I don't know if it's out yet), and they're well-written, but they can freak you out a bit sometimes (ok, they can freak *me* out a bit 'cause I can have a very vivid imagination). It's interesting to drive around the Willamette Valley and see where some of the incidents in the books take place and imagine what it might look like after "the change". They're interesting, but they're not gentle. A post-change world would not be easy.If the leftists of the world think it would be so easy to go back to this "simpler" time, let them read through this series and get a taste for what that kind of change could be like, at least from the author's imagination. Maybe they could get the idea ... and then again, maybe I could wake up from this very odd dream that America has become.