“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, January 27, 2009
Ships Trapped in Ice in Canada
Today, January 27, a cruise ship carrying 300 passengers that was lodged in thick ice in the St. Lawrence River was freed after more than 30 hours with the help of a Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker. Undoubtedly the passengers on the cruise ship were searching for evidence of global warming.