“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, November 28, 2015
Putin responds to the Turkmen that killed the Russian pilot but hold on. Here is what Russia has been doing to the Turkmen prior to the Russian plane being shot down:
BACKGROUND ON TURKMENS:
Turkmen card plays into hands of AK Party gov’t in times of crisis
GÜLTEN ÜSTÜNTAĞ / ISTANBUL TODAY’S ZAMAN