“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."
On a slightly related matter, Miss O’Connor brings up the topic of Hawaiian black sea salt. It is a finishing salt, not a cooking salt. It superb for use on salads that have no other salt or grilled fish and vegetables also cooked without salt. It has an intensity that is hard to describe, something on the order of Ms. O’Connnor.ReplyDelete