“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, December 10, 2010

"Off With the Rich"

"Nothing is more unpredictable than the mob, nothing more obscure than public opinion, nothing more deceptive than the whole political system." - Cicero

The attack on Charles and Camilla is a richly deserved PR disaster for the 'student' protesters

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are not, perhaps, universally beloved. But you don’t have to adore them, Queen Mother-style, to feel anger at a the sight of a couple in late middle age being screamed at by thugs. What a PR disaster for the “student” demonstrators – and I use the inverted commas deliberately, because several hard Left activists whose student days are long behind them have been boasting on Twitter all day about their presence at the protests. And don’t try to explain, please, that most of the students taking part would never have behaved so atrociously: we know that. The point is that the organisers – many of them unofficial – encouraged an atmosphere of hysteria, using social media to attract a more, shall we say, colourful type of protestor to the centre of the action. Well, they got their drama, and some of them will be thrilled by the humiliation of the Royal couple. But the mainstream protesters, sponsored and shepherded by the self-pitying NUS, are now tainted by association. As an irate parent might say on coming home to find the living room trashed after a party: “You’ve allowed a few of your friends to ruin it for everybody.”


  1. When you create a welfare state, you nourish and adopt a dependent class that soon become the demanding class. I am sure it was no different with the Roman mobs.

  2. "In the latter days of Rome, the economy was crumbling, the emperor ... would placate the mob with bread and circus -- food and entertainment to placate them since the economy was in shambles and dwindling around them," - Rand Paul

  3. Police, stopping protesters crossing the road in front of Parliament and getting on to the grass in the centre of the square. But protesters tore them down and bonfires were soon burning under the shadow of Winston Churchill's statue. It was then daubed with graffiti, saying: "Fuck police", "Clegg eat shit" and "Education for the masses". As it became clear it was impossible to break through police lines, protesters turned their attention to the Victoria Street entrance to the square, where lines of police had blocked the road. They again started throwing missiles and, after a lot of pushing and shoving, mounted police were sent in.

  4. This is always where welfare leads.

  5. I must be an Anarchist at heart; I love it.

  6. I don't love it. They are not demanding jobs. They are not demanding freedom. They are not demanding social rights.

    They are craven petty louts, who believe the world owes them, future leftist punks that will be the next generation of smug elites, who will celebrate diversity and contempt for those who actually produce.

    Bloody the bastards.

  7. Give him a medal or hang him?

    PARIS — For many Europeans, Washington’s fierce reaction to the flood of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks displays imperial arrogance and hypocrisy, indicating a post-9/11 obsession with secrecy that contradicts American principles.

    While the Obama administration has done nothing in the courts to block the publication of any of the leaked documents, or even, as of yet, tried to indict the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, for any crime, American officials and politicians have been widely condemned in the European news media for calling the leaks everything from “terrorism” (Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York) to “an attack against the international community” (Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton). Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates called the arrest of Mr. Assange on separate rape charges “good news.” Sarah Palin called for him to be hunted as an “anti-American operative with blood on his hands,” and Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, said that whoever leaked the cables should be executed.

    For Seumas Milne of The Guardian in London, which like The New York Times has published the latest WikiLeaks trove, the official American reaction “is tipping over toward derangement.” Most of the leaks are of low-level diplomatic cables, he noted, while concluding: “Not much truck with freedom of information, then, in the land of the free.”

  8. Shifting paradigms.

    We're in for some rough and interesting times. For some time now, some have pointed out that the European social democracy model is unsustainable. Now we're seeing the first cracks in the wall. We're also seeing the crack widen stateside.

    We're in for some rough sledding and if we start pitting one group against the other eventually it will be brother against brother.

  9. Here at the EB we might even start calling one another names and disagreeing all the time. Nah, that won't happen.

  10. Ah, rioting in the streets has a long, and valued history in Anglo political expression (See: Sam Adams, et al.)

    Poor Prince (Prince? WTF is THAT all about?) "Dumb as a box of extremely-retarded rocks" Charlie got his fancy car beat up. Too fucking bad. The Brits should have gotten rid of that free-loading trash a long, long time ago.

    They could auction those blood-sucking leeches castles, and villas, and country estates, and Rolls, and Maseratis off, and send every natural-born Brit to college till the end of time.

    Fuck the Royalty. Fuck the Elites. Fuck the Fat-ass Criminal Bankers. Fuck the "Diplomats." Fuck the "Generals." Fuck'em All.

  11. Israel should be the 51st state.

    On more important matters here at home, I'm still higher than a kite.

    Locally here - this is for Rufus - the Payette (man do I love the sounds of that word)-Planning and Zoning passed the zone change for the nuke reactor.

    Everything is going well out this way this Christmas.

    And, good morning Melody!

    Payette - that's the name of a wonderful river here.