“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."
Saturday, May 03, 2008
People Get Ready, there's a train a coming....
The Brookings Institution under the leadership of Strobe Talbott, seems to be increasingly focussed on the new world order which essentially sees the decline of the nation state and the rise of global governance.
In the 1980's the fascination was with the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. The "wingnuts" said that these three organizations were secretly on a mission to divide the world into three spheres controlled by the United States, the European Union and Japan.
Substitute China for Japan and you have the premise for the new new world order. According to a young academic at the Brookings institute, Parag Khanna, globalization is inexorably driving to a world controlled by "three Empires" who vie with each other for influence in the "second world" countries. Khanna's book - The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order-
Here's an interesting BBC interview with Mr. Khanna
Maybe the wingnuts weren't so nutty.