“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."
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Time For a Benediction? (Update)
Update: (Democracy rules at The Elephant. We do not cower under the dictates and whims of tyrants. We drink and talk and practice what we preach. The ship made a miraculous recovery. To you military analyst, pay close attention to the empty life boat, surely a metaphor to The Elephant. Votes were taken and the motley crew says: Onward, Forward, Damn the torpedoes, pass the chips.......)
Gentleman, Friends and Loyal Opponents. We embarked on this short voyage to establish a refuge when Wretchard the Petulant locked the doors and we were unsure of a place to meet and share our common interests. We were successful in so much as we scared him back to his senses. I am not a blogger. I run an international business enterprise and am actually quite a private man. It is clear to us all that our merry band has become to put it bluntly, sparse. Some of the less brave have returned to meekly sit at the feet of Wretchard, most recently morphed into a new form of feline. I have and continue to burn my bridges with the fellow. I once enjoyed the camaraderie of the BC, but after the lock-out saw a side to the man I do not care for. I was sorry to see the once noble Habu break ranks. I put it to a vote. Wherto from here?