Donald Trump's kakistocracy

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Donald Trump's kakistocracy

Post by confuzzled dude on Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:16 pm

Luckily we have one word that sums it all up: a kakistocracy, which literally means government by the worst element of a society. A kakistocracy is a government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. Trump plans to bring us the worst of both.

The word’s first known appearance was in 1829 in “The Misfortunes of Elphin,” written by the English satirical writer Thomas Love Peacock. In the United States the word is first recorded from American poet James Russell Lowell, who wrote in a letter in 1876: “Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”

Lowell nails our current situation just right. We are indeed on the verge of a government for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools. While there are rumblings that the Electoral College might shift course and find an alternative to a Trump administration, the chances of that outcome seem relatively low.

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