"Communism amounts to perverted feudalism; it is feudalism without what is good in feudalism. Under a feudal system, the lord has some interest in not crushing his peasants; he wants their agricultural products—he might even develop a kind of paternal benevolence to them over the generations. The peasant has relatively little—very little autonomy—but he can keep a portion of what he earns; he is not run to five-year plans, nor does his lord tell him exactly what to think and say—not out of benevolence, but because a lord simply does not care what a peasant thinks or says."
A fortiori: what was bad about feudalism was its flirtations with communism. A purified feudal system is not only strictly better than "democracy" but so vastly better it's like living as a different species. E.g. one of the major insults to feudalism was demand for labour mobility. Serfs couldn't be traded from where they had lower demand to where they were in greater demand, even if all of serf, lord, and lord at destination agreed to the trade. Is this feudalism? No, this is communism. Central planning buzzwords catchphrases etc etc.
I call myself anarcho-feudalist as a joke and also as not a joke in the slightest. Proper anarchy is feudal and proper feudalism is liberty.