Talk:Feudal Origins of Capitalism

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Is freedom simply "participation in power” (Marcus Tullius Cicero)? It might depend on the terms of participation, which might be too constraining. In society as in nature, one's degrees of freedom depend on the balance between external constraints and innate or acquired capabilities such as weaponry, stealth, cunning, camouflage, strength, speed, agility, availability of resources, allies, extent of various dependencies, etc. Promoting and maintaining human emancipation would seem to be a very complex issue that has to be considered in micro and macro, as well as local, regional, and global context. History is ideally a database of specific examples of the consequences of various behaviors under various conditions. Unfortunately, the history is seldom complete and accurate. --Poor Richard 00:54, 12 September 2011 (UTC)