“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 09, 2008
Teresita and the EB, Together Again.
A point of order.
T has stated she wishes to reconsider her withdrawal from the Board. I have valued her contributions to the dialogue. Without objection it is so ordered.
I would also wish that Trish accept election.
The purpose of the board is to recognize individual contribution, civil, honest and thoughtful discourse. We all respect independent and defensible ideas and positions. Teresita has been nominated by two board members and although gout ridden, still has all her bark in place. She is our ninth member.
I thank her for her loyal support and contribution.