I’ve been thinking recently about alternative economic systems.
The current American system is Jewed. More work, less pay. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Jewish globalism and crony capitalism are not enshrined in the American constitution.
One of the economic systems I’ve been trying to find time to do more research on is the medieval guild system. By chance, I just found an article in the Daily Mail that revolves around academic research that shows that the medieval worker lived a more natural life than the typical Westerner today. By natural I mean that it’s not natural to spend one’s life stressed by overwork and then die about the time you retire on Social Security.
Life has got immeasurably better for the average man or woman over the last 700 years, thanks to inventions in technology, medicine, civil liberties and democracy, to name just a few developments.
But it seems that there is one area where the life of a medieval peasant can be envied – their holiday allowance.
The 16-day-a-year vacation of the average American worker is notoriously bad, but compared to the 25 weeks off enjoyed by a 13th century labourer, it is positively shocking.
According to Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, before capitalism was invented in the 19th century people mainly worked very leisurely days.
In a paper titled The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, Schor said: ‘A typical working day in the medieval period stretched from dawn to dusk work was intermittent – called to a halt for breakfast, lunch, the customary afternoon nap, and dinner.
‘Depending on time and place, there were also mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks.’
And while their working day was easier, according to Schor, they also had far less of them.
She said: ‘The medieval calendar was filled with holidays – official [church] holidays included not only long “vacations” at Christmas, Easter and midsummer but also numerous saints’ and rest days.
‘In addition to official celebrations, there were often weeks’ worth of ales – to mark important life events (bride ales or wake ales) as well as less momentous occasions (scot ale, lamb ale, and hock ale).
‘All told, holiday leisure time in medieval England took up probably about one-third of the year.’
As well as these days off for religious and celebratory purposes, evidence has also shown that people used to take further days off as well.
In her essay, the professor revealed that records from 13th century England show many families only worked 150 days a year on their land and in the 14th century, even servants often only worked 175 days a year.
Compare that to the fact that American workers took an average of 16.2 days of vacation in 2015, according to Project: Time Off, and suddenly medieval England doesn’t seem so bad after all.
My ancestors were all farmers. They enjoyed a great deal of leisure time, even if they weren’t living high on the hog. This comment at the DM is revealing:
Show you how ignorant modern scientists are about rural life. Anyone who has been raised on a farm knows you work hard for three months of every year broken into two periods. Those are planting and then harvest with a couple of days spraying during the growing season. The rest of the year is relatively relaxing with daily feeding of animals IF YOU HAVE them and maintaining buildings and equipment. The rest of your time is spent socializing and watching the crops grow. That pretty much has been farm life for thousands of years.