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Bullwinkle925 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-01-07 12:41 AM
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My new favorite word:
Kakistocracy
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Kakistocracy, rule by the least-able or least-principled of citizens, is a form of government in which the people least qualified to control the government are the people who control the government.

The origin of this word is Greek, derived from the superlative of the Greek adjective kakos (bad), the superlative form being kakistos (worst).

A modern day example (although fictitious), could include the structure of an office from Dilbert, where the least qualified employees within the office receive the bulk of the promotions and hold the highest and most powerful positions. However, few examples exist since the term is used far more for criticizing a current administration, similar to Trotskyists designation of state socialism as state capitalism


Learned it today from watching the National Spelling Bee. Now I'm almost as smart as a 14 yr. old!!
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-01-07 12:42 AM
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1. Yeah! I Saw That Too!
thought it sounded like a cool word to use

We live in a Kakistocracy and have for quite some time now!

:hi:
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Bullwinkle925 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-01-07 12:45 AM
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3. Now I want to hear it from Olbermann's lips!
Can't believe I've never heard that one before! How apropos!
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-01-07 12:45 AM
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2. Perfect word for our current administration!
:hi:
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