The feudal model is a topic of occasional discussion amongst those mulling the post-apocalyptic world.
Those I have known who seemed attracted to a feudal model tended to imagine themselves as the benign feudal lord rather than the subservient serf.
What role do you imagine yourself occupying in a feudal system?
If your role was stipulated from the onset as being that of the subservient serf who is entirely dependent on the good will of the feudal lord, would you be comfortable with that?
Todd Chinnock wrote:
Check out http://commongoodbank.com/democracy for some ideas on how to create a solid decision making process for any size of group.
It is more complicated and more simple than that.
Because not all relationships are one-to-one. Some are one-to-many, many-to-one, or many-to-many, having to do with family groups, cliques, ideologies, competing bases, etc.
That's the complicated part.
Here's the simple part. Some people get it, some people don't, but effective community organizers almost always get it. It's simply this; We don't have to personally like other people in order to work with them towards a common goal.
One of the things I like about basic permaculture ethics as a litmus test of who I can work with is that it casts a net which is both broad and strong, and the end result is that I sometimes find myself working with people who are totally unexpected.
So the math that mitigates the fragility is this; Our willingness to work with people whom we personally don't like is proportional to our commitment to shared goals.
That's what I think, anyway.
The high divorce rate is an indicator how people are *not* able to commit and work-together, even when they have a major shared goal (for example, to raise happy healthy kids).