“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."
Saturday, March 12, 2011
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
In Japan, an explosion at a nuclear power station tore down the walls of one building. Japanese officials said they feared the reactor could melt down following the failure of its cooling system in the earthquake and tsunami.
It was not clear if the damaged building housed the reactor. Tokyo Power Electric Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, said four workers were injured but details were not immediately available.
It could always get worse, and has: