Uh, serfs were never slaughtered by the millions. The whole point of serfdom was to ensure a stable supply of labor to work the land in order to finance a governing and military elite. If you slaughtered your serfs you and your noble family would starve. So you didn’t slaughter your serfs.
What made them serfs was lack of the personal freedom to pick up and move elsewhere, ensuring you as the lord that your lands would be productive. In return for giving up personal fredom, the serfs had a right to enough productive land to live off of—the lord could not arbitrarily remove them, much less slaughter them.
Mass genocide, slaughter by the millions is a modern phenomenon, made possibly by new and improved slaughtering technology as well as changes in personal status.
When you need eeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiillllllll examples, you’ll usually find them much closer in time to today than you will find them back in the Big, Bad, MiddleEvil days.
Serfs in the Middle Ages were a lot more free than American taxpayers are today. Bureaucratic control today and the tax bite are far more oppressive than serfdom was in the Middle Ages.
But, like the frog in the gradually brought-to-a-boil water, we believe the lie that serfs were slaughtered by the millions, a lie foisted upon us by our Elitist Betters.
Wise up. Knowledge is power.
Peasants launched tax revolts back in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They were taxed for the same reasons we are today: to support a parasitic, non-working, profligate elite class. Hayek didn't choose the title The Road to Serfdom without reason.
My failure to communicate—I was referring to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and the like.