Alexis de TocquevilleAlmost 200 years ago the historian and political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville first wrote about what has come to be called “soft tyranny” or “soft despotism.” As a democratically elected government becomes more intrusive, controlling greater portions of our daily lives, not with an iron fist, but as a strict school master, our freedom of thought and action is still just as curtailed. If you think that the actions of the political élites, their allies in money center banks and multinational corporations have your interests at heart, take a look at this graph.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
“Thus, after having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”