posted on Mar, 29 2009 @ 09:28 AM
In the end, it kind of boned them though. As the Samurai became less and less important and influential, they began to drift from their nobility. They
had nothing to do but sit around and drink or otherwise try to keep themselves entertained. With very little money of their own, and no way to really
earn money elsewise, many Samurai became brigands or Ronin mercenaries. This turn of events despoiled the last bit of public and political sympathy.
They were nuisances, and they were eventually outlawed piecemeal by taking away their privileges.
And... before going all Banzai on the noble Samurai wisdom in regards to class, it should be noted that the Samurai were allowed, by class status, to
execute peasants and working class individuals who offended them. Oh sure... they can't enslave the peasants to debt and credit by the skillful
manipulation of money. No... they just flat out execute them if they don't like them.