A dualidade urbano/rural acossa-nos ultimamente, razões particulares ao nosso exílio semanal sobrepostas à fase de desagregação e decadência que a todos toca — o fim já chegou, mas está mal distribuído. Como em todos os declínios que ciclicamente varrem a história, algumas lições são-lhes transversais. Porque — ver início de parágrafo —, caberá a cada qual escolher as que quer apresentar à classe, hoje escolhemos trazer-vos esta:
For centuries the burghers of the towns had resisted the power of the lords. But the ruling councils of the towns tended to be oligarchies, dominated by great merchants who were rarely more than half-opposed to the feudal lords. Living within the feudal system, they tended to accept much of its ideology. Their ambition much of the time was not to beat the feudal lords but to join them—to turn the wealth they had obtained from trade into the seemingly more permanent wealth that consisted in owning land, complete with serfs to till it. At every great turning point, they would at best vacillate and try to conciliate the lords, and at worst they would join them in attacking the masses.
in "A People's History of the World" 2008
Por séculos, o refrão na cantiga. Senhores, há que assobiar outra melodia.