Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s anarcho-syndicalist peasant scene is one of the funniest parts of the film. In it, two peasants claim that they’re living in an autonomous collective, a small self-governed society that doesn’t answer to a higher power, such as a lord, a king or a government.
It seems like it’s a crazy idea and just part of the zany humour of the film. But how accurate is this scene? Could a society like this have existed back in the middle ages, and how would it work?