06 December 2016

Kleptocracy and kakistocracy explained

Kleptocracy (from Greek: κλεπτοκρατία, klépto- thieves + -kratos rule, literally "rule by thieves") is a government with corrupt rulers (kleptocrats) that use their power to exploit the people and natural resources of their own territory in order to extend their personal wealth and political power. Typically this system involves the embezzlement of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service...

The effects of a kleptocratic regime or government on a nation are typically adverse in regards to the welfare of the state's economy, political affairs and civil rights. Kleptocratic governance typically ruins prospects of foreign investment and drastically weakens the domestic market and cross-border trade...

Kakistocracy (Greek: κακιστοκρατία; kækɪsˈtɑkɹəsi) is a term meaning a state or country run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens... The word comes from the Greek words kakistos (κάκιστος; worst) and kratos (κράτος; rule), with a literal meaning of government by the worst people.
Posted for future reference, not because of anything that, you know, is actually going on.  Yet.

4 comments:

  1. Oh, it is going on already... Breitbart.

    Flippin' scary ~

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  2. Wow, looks like we're gonna get both at the same time!

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  3. Um, mind if I add a link to a petition?

    https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college-make-hillary-clinton-president-on-december-19-4a78160a-023c-4ff0-9069-53cee2a095a8?source_location=topic_page

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  4. Good grief. Thank you for 'kakistocracy'.

    Not only is it a superb word in and of itself, but it's going to be invaluable until the Ghastly Gurner and his clown car of pals are out of power.

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