“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."
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Aslan's family came to the United States from Tehran in 1979, fleeing the Iranian Revolution. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area
From The Philadelphia Inquirer, a liberal apologist rag:
The president’s comment is notable for many reasons. Officials in London have not released the identities of the suspects who took part in the attack Saturday night, which killed seven people and injured 48. It’s currently unknown if they were British nationals or immigrants from one of the six Muslim majority countries Trump’s plan would restrict travel from.
Lower courts in the United States have blocked Trump’s executive order in part because during the campaign, Trump referred to it as a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." The administration has insisted the executive order is not a ban, but Trump continues to use the word when communicating about the policy.
"Glad we both agree the ban is a ban," the ACLU said following Trump's tweet.
None of this sat well with CNN’s RezaAslan, a vocal Trump critic and host of Believer. Aslan blasted the president for invoking the developing situation in London in order to push his stalled immigration policy.
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