“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, September 11, 2017

Shopping for Kwanza in Irma - Ethic Pride and Cultural Enrichment - Florida Harvests Fruits of Diversity


  1. Roots

    To be fair and balanced, I am diligently searching for established Amish, Episcopalian Wasps, Daughters of The American Revolution and Sons of the Confederacy, Polish Catholics, Indian Sikhns, Karaite Jews and Thai Buddhists.

  2. Someone wearing a cowboy or CAT baseball hat instead of a hoodie or a southbill.


  3. When people are "on their knees, financially", they feel justified stealing.
    They believe that it is not stealing, just payback.

    Some people, just steal when the opportunity to 'get away with it' presents itself.
    Having shyster lawyers that provide them with legal cover.

    The banksters of Goldman Sucks, Wells Fargo and insider stock sellers at Equifax just don't get the video exposure that Blooters do.

    Farmers in Idaho, wearing FFA ball caps, steal thousands of dollars, through bank fraud, but don't get filmed doing it.


  4. In his interview with Charlie Rose, Bannon strongly suggested that Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history. And that's not even reading too much into Bannon's comments. He wasn't baited into it, either; he clearly signed off on that characterization.

    Here's the exchange:

    ROSE: Someone told me you described the firing of James Comey — you’re a student of history — as the biggest mistake in political history.

    BANNON: ’s probably too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.

    ROSE: The firing of James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history?

    BANNON: If you’re saying that’s associated with me, then I’ll leave it at that.


    “I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, then we would not have a special counsel, yes,” Bannon said, moments before the comments above.
    "We would not have the [special counsel Robert S.] Mueller investigation. We would not have the Mueller investigation in the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going.”

    To give you a sense of the mistakes Bannon apparently believes this surpassed in modern political history — and please understand that whatever you think of Bannon, as Rose noted, Bannon has studied history — he's suggesting that it was bigger than the Iraq War, the Vietnam War, the Affordable Care Act, Mitt Romney's "47 percent,” Hillary Clinton's “basket of deplorables,” Iran-contra, Richard Nixon's “Saturday Night Massacre,” etc.


    as a top Trump ally — and someone privy to the inner workings of the White House for its first seven months — that's an astounding admission.

    It also suggests that he knows this may not end well.

  5. Some people like J.H. don't have any visible means of support so they live in mom's basement filching food when they can.