“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."
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Past Injustice and Reparations
Jews claim rights to Palestinian lands to the extent that European Jews and Jews from foreign countries displace present day Arab occupants by taking their property without their consent and proper compensation. They claim rights as descendants even though tens of centuries have come and gone past the time of their ancestral presence.
Europe and the US has acquiesced to these claims as a form of reparations because of injustice to Jews by European Christians. The US has no dog in that hunt.
However, if that precedent is legitimate for the Jews (and seems to be with unquestioned US support for Israeli behavior) then the US has plenty to account for with African slave descendants and American Indians.
Or is their one standard for European Jews and no standard for American citizens of Indian and African descent?
Most Mexicans are descendants of American Indians. Their lands were taken by Europeans and European Americans