kakistocracy

kak·is·toc·ra·cy

 (kăk′ĭ-stŏk′rə-sē, kä′kĭ-)
n. pl. kak·is·toc·ra·cies
Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

[Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco- + -cracy.]

kakistocracy

(ˌkækɪˈstɒkrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
a government by the least able or worst citizens

kakistocracy

a system of rule by the worst men.
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The American poet James Russell Lowell wrote back 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?
To better understand kakistocracy and what it could seriously lead to internally and externally, a good illustration would be that of Russia and some other post-Soviet countries' model of development.
The land expropriation program of 2000 when government-sponsored veterans of the war for Zimbabwe's independence invaded nearly all 4,500 white-owned commercial farms and forcibly appropriated them for war veterans and the kakistocracy of politicians and the security establishment (Richardson 2005).
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In this sense, bureaucracies are among the most perfect forms of kakistocracy known to man.
The properly descriptive word for this mess is kakistocracy, defined as government by the worst among us.
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