“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, January 10, 2013



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    1. Many of Deuce's "mistakes" aren't mistakes at all. Sometimes he's playing.

      Hegel developed a comprehensive philosophical framework, or "system", of Absolute idealism to account in an integrated and developmental way for the relation of mind and nature, the subject and object of knowledge, psychology, the state, history, art, religion, and philosophy. In particular, he developed the concept that mind or spirit manifested itself in a set of contradictions and oppositions that it ultimately integrated and united, without eliminating either pole or reducing one to the other. Examples of such contradictions include those between nature and freedom, and between immanence and transcendence.

    2. Very good, Rufus. Now tell us of the relation of Hegel to Marx.

      Oh, OK, I will. 'Dialectical Materialism' is Hegel without the Spirit, mostly.

      Hegel good, though boring. Marx real dumb shit, boring, big criminal consequences from his work, didn't even get the economics right.

      Neither had sense of humor.

      Making you the superior to the both in that regard.

    3. Far as I know, Hegel earned his own money, while Marx sucked off Engels for his.

    4. The Money line:

      "a set of contradictions and oppositions"

    5. profound

      I'm going back to bed.

      Sour mood.

      If the limit would have let me, I would have stuck in Gore's admission that ethanol doesn't really create any net energy at all.

      The farmers win a round.

      OO ooo oooo the alfalfa prices

    6. And, that would have been the most ignorant thing you've written since the last time you wrote that.

      Did you ever take any math classes? At all? Even in Middle School?

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    1. Can I haz gold star now, teecher?

    2. Yes, rufs you can haz.

      See my last post on previous that outlines how dumb your teachers in Mississippi really are, needing to pay people to take their proficiency tests. Fifth grade level is mentioned.

  3. Hegel is the thesis/antithesis/synthesis guy.

    Here is Hagel -

    Do You Agree with Obama?Should Kerry and Hagel be Confirmed? Vote Here Now.

    Could you imagine an even more dangerous pick than Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense? Under Obama, yes. Worse is always what’s next.

    President Barack Obama said Monday that he would nominate former Nebraska Sen. Hagel, a Republican, to be secretary of defense, and his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Astonishing. Obama is doing the full monty.
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    The president’s CIA pick has called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies. During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”

    Brennan speechifies in Arabic and has equated Muslim terrorists with shoplifters. Lawmakers have called for his firing.

    Readers of my website are long familiar with the pro-jihadi thug Brennan. If you recall, during the 2008 presidential election, I ran a number of stories on the breach of Obama’s passport at the Department of State. It bears noting that Brennan – whom Obama first appointed to be assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, in which capacity he made his notorious and incredible pro-terror remarks, some in Arabic no less, about the beauty of jihad – was connected with the tampering with Obama’s passport. He led the investigation into the breach of Obama’s passport records – the mysterious passport Obama traveled to Pakistan on in 1981.

    Quid pro quo?

    1. Back in March 2008, State Department employees were found to have tampered with the passport files of Barack Hussein Obama. The State Department launched an investigation into allegations of improper computer access to Obama’s passport records. The investigation was focusing on one employee – a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign (see details here). We don’t know what was done with the passport information once it was accessed: Was it changed? Was information removed altogether? Almost five years later, we still don’t have any answers.

      You will also recall that the key witness in the presidential passport-tampering case was murdered. Shot in the head, in his car, in front of his church.

      Obama said at the time that these attempts to “tap into people’s personal records” were “a problem not just for me but for how our government functions.” Laughable, considering how intrusive his administration has been and continues to be in accessing private information.

      The one-two punch of Brennan and Hagel is an insult to all free people. In the Senate, Hagel amassed a significant track record as one of a hardline hater of Israel who would not affix his name even to the most innocuous pro-Israel initiative. When all but four senators signed a pro-Israel statement in 2000, Hagel was one of the holdouts. The next year, he was again among the few senators – 11 this time – who refused to add their names to a statement urging George W. Bush not to meet with Yasser Arafat as long as the Palestinian groups under his control continued to pursue violence against Israel. In 2005, Hagel, along with 26 other senators, opposed a call to the Palestinian Authority to disqualify terror groups from participating in elections. And when 12 senators wrote to the European Union in 2006 asking that the EU join the U.S. in classifying Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, Hagel was once again one of the few.

      Hagel wasn’t intimidated, and Barack Hussein Obama wasn’t either. In late October 2009, Obama appointed Hagel co-chair of his Intelligence Advisory Board. And in a particularly piquant symbolic move, the appointment was announced at J Street’s first annual conference – by Steve Clemons of George Soros’ New America Foundation. And now Hagel is getting a promotion from his grateful anti-Israel boss.

      How is it possible in the 21st century that a Jew-hater like Chuck Hagel would be named secretary of defense and a jihad enthusiast like John Brennan would be tabbed to head up the CIA? One word: Obama.

    2. You people that are so for Hagel must really be into it because of your anti-semitism, which must be deep and unconscious. That's my take, because I can't think of anything else to really explain it. It is not because he would make war less likely. He will make war more likely. Just as Obama is making war more likely. Sooner or later.....

      An unknown that comes out of nowhere, and in Ruf's case a dreaded Republican and anti-abortion politician to boot, is suddenly the cat's pajamas.

    3. You guys are missing the point, completely. No one Loves'em some Chuck Hagel. He's, actually, kind of a prickly . . . . . prick. He'll never be invited over for a beer at my house (although, guys like him are, sometimes, kind of funny when stoned.)

      I like him for the same reason the "hawks" hate him. He will, presumably, be a cautionary voice against "overseas kinetic actions."

      And, I really don't think he's "anti-Israel," much less anti-semitic. I think a couple of AIPAC lobbyists probably rubbed him the wrong way somewhere along the line.

  4. Chuck Hagel is good for U.S but how good he is going to be for Israel, who cares? Why should Israel play any part in determining who the US Secretary of Defense should be? Did US citizens interfere in Israel’s choice of Netanyahu? It is outrageous. The Israeli lobby is on a war path and once again interfering in US policies in a way that would be intolerable if it were the Mexican government. Unlike a few of the posters on this blog, Hagel’s positions and priorities are for the US Republic and not some foreign theocracy.

  5. “If Sen. Hagel is confirmed, he has one very important attribute in his background that will serve him very well,” Heineman said. “He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in combat, he knows what it’s/ like to get shot at, and I think it’s important to have a secretary of defense who understands that, when you’re discussing about putting this nation at war.”

    --- Paul Goodsell

    1. He, also, will be a bit of a "Yin" to Brennan's "Yang."

  6. Hagel once said “the Jewish lobby (in the U.S.) intimidates a lot of people here” and does some “dumb things.” He also said, “I'm not an Israeli senator. I'm a United States senator. I support Israel, but my first interest is, I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States.”

    Sounds right to me.

  7. There is a Jewish state, but no such thing as a Jewish lobby.

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    1. The important thing is can he help us weave our way through the Iran mess w/o completely screwing the pooch.

  9. Hagel heard his country call ...
    ... and answered

    His distractors, here, well, they pretend to be deaf.