By: Marilyn Assenheim
20 June 2014
“Soft tyranny,” was first coined by Alexander de Tocqueville in “Democracy in America” as: “Whenever the social conditions of a particular community hinder any prospect of hope among its members.” Some differentiate “soft” tyranny from “hard” or Stalin-esque tyranny as being bloodless. But life can be extinguished without a drop of blood being spilled.
Wikipedia states that some historians describe a “soft” tyranny by the conditions that bring it about, citing 18th century France: “The most obvious area in which soft tyranny affects people occurs with their fiscal situation…the price of bread…increased to the point where common peasants could not afford to purchase it on a daily basis…violence in the form of rioting emerged as a consequence…which can…disrupt and eventually unravel an entire socio-economic order.” 21st century America is closing in on those conditions.
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