“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."
Thursday, October 12, 2006
World Diplomacy, Discussing Nuclear Proliferation, The Future of Mankind
Scanning the news sites this morning, I was looking for something fresh. Chavez, Putin, no they are not fresh. I am sick of Foley and the stupid twerpy pages. Phony pretty boy politicians like Harold Ford who according to Don Imus is the second coming of something or another. An over paid baseball player that flies an airplane into a Manhattan apartment building. Jimmy Carter and Korea, well that one will break your teeth. How did he win a Nobel Peace Prize and get a nuclear submarine named after him at the same time? The Carter Center? No, no, no, but then I saw this little ditty of a headline:
U.S., China at odds over North Korea sanctions
You can read the entire predictable article yourself
This turned into a real "holy shit" moment for me. They are at odds already? We were in such a good solidarity and multilateralistical mood when I went to bed. I wonder what happened? What happened to the high level discussions and the need to protect the world from nuclear weapons popping up in some very scary places? Maybe the Chinese are afraid the sanctions won't work or maybe they are afraid they will, but don't make Kim look like a geo-political genius. No wonder GWB is always running to the gym and Clinton always needed a hummer. Man to man I can understand, really, I can.