Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/11/19/Uncommon_Knowledge_Soft_Despotism_with_Paul_Rahe Paul A. Rahe, author of Soft Despotism: Democracy's Drift relates political behavior to human nature. Rahe argues that overbearing "nanny state" government policies are caused by anxiety over social freedoms. ----- Paul A. Rahe discusses the danger that a consolidation of government poses for the people of the United States, the psychological disposition that makes democratic peoples vulnerable to servile temptation, and the institutions that once, in some measure, shielded Americans from these propensities. Asserting that the Obama administration is pursuing tyrannical ambitions, he offers some of the reasons why it is now possible for the nation to recover its original liberty. - Hoover Institution Dr. Paul A. Rahe is a historian of political philosophy, Professor of History and Political Science at Hillsdale College, and author of the study Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution. His most recent book is Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift. Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon Knowledge.
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