Monday, September 04, 2006

The Word of the Day


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kakistocracy is derived from the Greek kakistos, the superlative of kakos meaning bad. The word literally means "government by the worst elements of society." While not a true form of government, it is instead a term for any system of management controlled by the least competent, least qualified, most unreliable, or the most evil members of a society.

The term is used by critics of an established government, and not in scholarly analysis or academic research.

Kakistocracy is not used to describe governments run by persons whose primary motivation is graft---the word for that is kleptocracy. However, the two are not entirely mutually exclusive, as it is possible to be both bad and greedy.

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