Why not hate the Renaissance? Why love it? Some politicians these days don’t care too much for the re-birth of Europe (1330-1550) Some like Bachmann even say that today’s problems in the US can be traced directly back to the Renaissance. Others say maybe these folks have read too much Francis Schaeffer.
“A number of Christian leaders, authors, and evangelists credit Schaeffer’s ideas with helping spark the rise of the Christian Right in the United States and were strongly influenced by him. Among them are Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, Focus on the Family‘s James Dobson, the 700 Club‘s Pat Robertson, Prison Fellowship‘s Charles Colson, columnist Cal Thomas, preacher and author Tim LaHaye, former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and Liberty University and Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell.” — Wiki
“Often there were arbitrary tests to judge the worthiness of their tax payments. A chicken, for example, might be required to be able to jump over a fence of a given height to be considered old enough or well enough to be valued for tax purposes.” — Wikipedia
Who paid the taxes?
“In the centuries that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire the line separating slave and serf became less distinct. Of course, both slaves and serf lacked freedom and were subject to the will of the lord. Throughout the long history of medieval serfdom, the serf was required to perform labor services for his lord,” writes History Guide’s Steven Kreis.
Then the plague came.
The plague changed much about Europe.
“In this suffering and misery of our city, the authority of human and divine laws almost disappeared, for, like other men, the ministers and the executors of the laws were all dead or sick or shut up with their families, so that no duties were carried out. Every man was therefore able to do as he pleased”, wrote witness and survivor, Italian writer,” Giovanni Boccaccio.
Outside the cities, being tied to the manors may have been the saving grace for many peasants while infected major city trade centers were becoming scenes of horror. In time, however, a shift of power came about. Many serfs left the manors. As ex-serfs re-populated the now dead, charred, plague ravaged cities, they set themselves to help rebuild Europe, hence the rebirth or Renaissance. They rebuilt it in a manner that they liked full of cool beautiful stuff.
Out of Serfdom They Looked Back and Called it the Dark Ages
Question: So why should we hate the Renaissance as it seems Dominionists like Michele Bachmann do? We don’t. And we shouldn’t. We should not wish to be opinion-less cows, oops sorry, I mean serfs. Serfs are relatively simple to work with from a Church, or even a State, prospective. It would be helpful to own a whole nation of them, no?
“Historically speaking, this simple, if hard, life began to get shaken up with the Renaissance. In the Renaissance, people started to see humanity as the center of the universe, instead of God. In other words, we didn’t just look to the church (and other traditional establishments) for the path we were to take. Then came the Reformation, which introduced the idea of each of us being individually responsible for our own soul’s salvation.And then came democratic revolutions such as the American and the French revolutions. Now all of a sudden we were supposed to govern ourselves! And then came the industrial revolution, and instead of tilling the soil or making things with our hands, we had to sell our labor in exchange for money. All of a sudden, we became employees and consumers! Then came socialist revolutions such as the Russian and the Chinese, which introduced the idea of participatory economics. You were no longer responsible only for your own well-being, but for fellow workers as well!”, writes Eric Fromm. (1900 – 1980) German-American, social psychologist, psychoanalyst, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist.
Giving Alms to the Rich: Cargo Cult
“Most assume that the Republicans want to take us back to the 1950′s, but even going back to the 1850′s isn’t enough for them. They want a return to the Middle Ages — pre Age of Enlightenment and the Renaissance, when all this independent thinking stuff started—If you listen to the main “thinkers” behind all this right-wing Christian stuff, you find people like RJ Rushdooney, who literally wants Biblical Law to supersede Constitutional Law—it’s PROFOUNDLY anti-American, and it needs to be called out as such.” –Randi Rhodes
And remember, Jesus was an out of work carpenter.
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