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What if the government believes in make-believe? What if it made believe that the people have a voice? What if it made believe that the representatives of the people are the people? What if it made believe that the governors are the servants of the people? What if it made believe that all men are created equal, or that they are not?
What if the government made believe that it is always right? What if it made believe that the majority can do no wrong? What if the tyranny of the majority is as destructive to human freedom as the tyranny of a madman? What if the government knows this?
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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.
Soft despotism gives people the illusion that they are in control, when in fact they have very little influence over their government. Soft despotism breeds fear, uncertainty, and doubt in the general populace. Alexis de Tocqueville observed that this trend was avoided in America only by the "habits of the heart" of its 19th-century populace.
Can't disagree there. Have to wonder why we as a nation, chose to voluntarily give up the constitutional right to print our own money and instead gave it to an outside entity that we have to pay a vig to for that right. Last time we did that was a few months before Kennedy was shot. Guess there might be a message in there somewhere.
originally posted by: Osiris1953
a reply to: xuenchen
In my humble opinion our democracy has been a fraud since December 23, 1913. The day the Federal Reserve act was signed into law.