10-23-04, 04:25 PM
The rich have always been subsidized at the expence of the poor , here is a true case from history when mass action of violence had a positive impact . Once upon a time far away in history , the king of England imposed a poll tax to help finance the cost of wars the feudal rulers were waging in France. Society at the time was ruled by the feudal landowners at whose head stood the king. Alongside them were the bishops and a band of wealthy merchants. The mass of the people were peasants, many of whom were serfs--legally bound to their lords and forced to labour for them. The poll tax was the spark that ignited into a full scale revolt . A peasant armyled by Wat Tyler , tens of thousands strong, marched on London and sacked the city . The rebels seized The Archbishop of Canterbury , the Treasurer , lawyers , lords and other members of the ruling circle and beheaded them on Friday 14 June 1381. Though they struck down the king's hated advisers and top officials, they trusted the king himself--an all too common mistake. The rebels demands to the king were:no taxes and an end to serfdom , the king gave an easy answer and said that they should have all. The day after the king's promise of freedom, Wat Tyler the leader of the rebels was lured to a meeting at Smithfield, where he was assassinated . It was a turning point, and the rebels were persuaded to leave London. Soon after they did the king ripped up his promises. The rebels were hunted down and brutally executed. But though the vengeance was harsh and real, the rulers were also terrified. Within a few years serfdom had disappeared from England. And for 600 years no ruler tried to introduce a poll tax again--until Margaret Thatcher tried it, with fairly disastrous consequences for her. No doubt the rich thrive at the expence of Worlds poor , this will have to end in an armed rebellion to win an equal society of the kind which is a human right .