kakistocracy


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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.]
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kakistocracy

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

a system of rule by the worst men.
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So how dare they complain that the quality of their lives under such a rotten kakistocracy has not improved.
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Susan concluded by saying that 'given this disconnect, my students and I likely share the conclusion that the United States, has become a Kakistocracy, a government by the worst people.
In an effort to build an aristokratia literally, "rule by the best", a state where all power, money and glory is contained within a small circle of aristocrats there is a major risk of creating a kakistocracy. This is rule by the filth, the least qualified, most unscrupulous scoundrels with pretensions to "high" birth.
Speaking here at the Cosmos Club early in October, Norman Ornstein, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said sadly, but with visible inner anger, that America had become a "kakistocracy," which is an ancient Greek word meaning a society ruled by the "least qualified and most unprincipled citizens."