“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, April 15, 2010

Everything is for the best


  1. It will, at least, have to "do" until the best one gets here.

  2. We might consider the possibility of making a better world. But why bother when we have the government to carry the burden for us...and cheap at half the price...

  3. Voltaire predicted that he would make the Bible a museum piece within a hundred years.

    The presses just keep humming along, however; and they are not continuously printing Candide. The Bible remains very much alive and Voltaire remains very dead, forgotten for the most part save as the matter of trivia such as the present.

  4. n the early 1960s, when Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, first hatched the idea that began the modern environmental movement, there was little public awareness of the fragile state of the planet.


    In 1969, Nelson formed the idea that would become Earth Day. Inspired by the anti-Vietnam War protests that were taking place across the nation, he began to organize a day of protest to express concern about the state of the environment.

    The idea took off, and on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans representing groups and communities from every corner of the country joined in what Nelson called a nationwide environmental teach-in.

    40th Anniversary