“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."
Friday, June 12, 2009
Is it Ahmadinejad bye bye?
Ahmadinejad draws support mainly from the urban poor and rural areas, while his rivals, mostly Mir Hosssain Mousavi, have huge support among the middle classes and the educated urban population. There will most likely be a runoff election as any candidate must win 50% of the vote. That seems sensible to me.
Regardless, who ever wins, must pay the piper, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the "Supreme Jurist."
Recall the scenes of joyous crowds in Tieneman Square. The Iranian military and the mullahs do as well.