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Family Feudalism

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style:

I really do wish that international Marxist regimes that have managed to survive this long would just admit that it’s because they’ve largely become monarchist or feudal states.  They should give up and embrace the concept of kingship and aristocracy – or, in the case of the Chinese, finding a good, plausible-sounding reason to bring back a Son Of Heaven.  Then the PRC can all put jade buttons on their Mao caps and actually run the bureaucracies in a more long-term fashion… sorry, where was I?

-- Moe Lane, "Venezuela expected to devolve into chaos after Chavez’s death," Thursday.

"Of course: Massachusetts governor thinking of appointing Ted Kennedy’s widow to Senate vacancy."

-- Allahpundit, today.