In the Dark Ages peasants were allowed to live on the land of a wealthy landlord in exchange for working the land and turning over almost all of the crops and produce to that wealthy Landlord. Further, they were compelled to serve as an army to fight the enemies of that landowner. These poor peasants might well lose their life fighting with sticks against a better armed adversary just so that their family would have a subsistance meal on the table!
These were called Liege Lords.
I find it reprehensible that a free people are indoctrinated from childhood to think of themselves as peasants owing their life and duty (allegience comes from Leige Lord) to the State like mere chattel!
Government is not a benefactor. It is a burden. Often corrupt, lying, insuffrably extravagent and inefficient---how dare bureaucrats ask our children to place their little hands over their hearts and PLEDGE allegiance as VASSALS to their whims and malefactions!
I fart in the general direction of these pompous brokers of malfeasance!