“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Sunday, September 17, 2006
2164th On The French Riviera?
Or is it Doug and Sonia? No folks we are going to have an occasional Soirée into the current culture with topical events. This is from a current exhibit in Amsterdam at Foam. http://www.foam.nl. Believe it or not but the topic is suitable for the Elephant Bar as it is, and I quote here: "It concentrates on the relationship between public and private life, the power and influence of the media and the common desire to shape public figures to reflect our own perspectives." This is recommended reading
Posted by Deuce ☂ at 9/17/2006 09:52:00 PM
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I am authorized to send one bag of Costa Rican Poas Coffee to the winning comment, judged by Whit, to have the most meritorious insight into the topic. If in Whit's judgement he feels that his own comment is most worthy, well that is OK as well. Please, for once in your lives, try and stay on top of the topic. Get close to the real meaning, if there is one. Please feel free to consult with C-4 if you suspect a Jewish connection. If you are Jewish and wish a connection, we are very open minded and admire your ecumenical desires. In the event of a tie, I will keep the coffee. If I get coffee on my tie, I will keep the tie and the coffee. Good Night and Good luck.ReplyDelete
Just what I was speaking of, two threads back.ReplyDelete
Sorry, I'm busy watching Movies of some Joo doing AutoFelatio.ReplyDelete
Have to ask Allen if it's a Cutural Tradition.
In THE ENEMY AT HOME, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza makes the startling claim that the 9/11 attacks and other terrorist acts around the world can be directly traced to the ideas and attitudes perpetrated by America’s cultural left.ReplyDelete
D’Souza shows that liberals—people like Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Bill Moyers, and Michael Moore—are responsible for fostering a culture that angers and repulses not just Muslim countries but also traditional and religious societies around the world.
Their outspoken opposition to American foreign policy—including the way the Bush administration is conducting the war on terror—contributes to the growing hostility, encouraging people both at home and abroad to blame America for the problems of the world.
He argues that it is not our exercise of freedom that enrages our enemies, but our abuse of that freedom—from the sexual liberty of women to the support of gay marriage, birth control, and no-fault divorce, to the aggressive exportation of our vulgar, licentious popular culture.
The cultural wars at home and the global war on terror are usually viewed as separate problems. In this groundbreaking book, D’Souza shows that they are one and the same. It is only by curtailing the left’s attacks on religion, family, and traditional values that we can persuade moderate Muslims and others around the world to cooperate with us and begin to shun the extremists in their own countries.
I'm still a fan of overwhelming force, but as 'Rat says, since our leaders aren't down with that, we type on patriotically.ReplyDelete
Well, how do we begin to subvert their culture?ReplyDelete
Should WE be getting into Islamic media - the Internet facilitates an army of david facing Mecca as much as any other place.
Glenn Reynolds and Helen Blogspot would approve.
I'll learn Arabic if you will.ReplyDelete
Can this become the unofficial Kate Moss internets pic thread?ReplyDelete
Consider it an arsenal that were building up. An arsenal of photography.
Army of Davids, go!
Wretchard never did let us post much about babes.ReplyDelete
mahmoud, your shit is all f**ked up, man. Your book is a freaked out mess, and it's killing the world. why don't you stop all that nutty crappola?ReplyDelete
Thomas PM Barnett mentioned something about admiring the "misses on a stairmaster" and I just about vomitted in quasi-Muslim rage.ReplyDelete
Wheres Miss Daisy Fresh?
We need to instill the free-wheeling spirit of a Mentos commercial into the Arab Street.ReplyDelete
Mahmoud brandishes the Freshmaker. Behind him are Pali's picking up trash, just cuz its civil.ReplyDelete
Submission means you never have to say "stairmaster".ReplyDelete
Solve our national epidemic of obesity, move to Darfur, and jog from the janjaweed--keeps ya thin as a skeleton, like Kate Moss!ReplyDelete
sandman--gotta go--enjoyed the fuss-- later--ReplyDelete
things have certainly started to slip as we moved away from BC...ReplyDelete
2164th says...this is recommended reading....what I want to know is can we just look at the pictures..
Naked women and beerReplyDelete
"things have certainly started to slip as we moved away from BC..."
Are you referring to Kate's top? Inquiring minds need to know.
I vote for more titties.ReplyDelete
I'm always with rufus on these geo/tittie/political matters.ReplyDelete
I can't comment or judge others comments if I don't know what I'm looking at. Frankly, some of these pop culture things give me a mild case of Sayyid Qutb disorder.
Now that we have your attention Whit, Rufus has made some good suggestions on links to ther sites. I set you up with full administration access. Can you make the links? Also I have the yahoo email for anyone that wants to submit a proposed post. What do you think?ReplyDelete
I added some links. If anyone has good ones they want to add please include the web address too, otherwise I have to go google it.ReplyDelete