“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."
Monday, December 12, 2016
Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation, speaks with Economic Club president David M. Rubenstein on Thursday March 12, 2015
The 25 minute mark is an indication of his politics.