Saturday, November 26, 2016


Oligarchy is the government of oligarchs, kleptokracy the government of thieves. We get these words from the ancient Greeks, who knew how to classify political systems. It's nice to be reminded of a less used but totally apropos Greek word — kakistocracy, meaning  rule by the worst possible people.

Starting with Trump himself and moving on down the line — from Bannon (alt-right) to Giuliani (alt-war) to Carson (alt-duh-where am I & how did I get here?) to Michael Flynn (alt-kill_all_Muslims) —  this administration is shaping up as a kakistocracy for the record books.

I hope we survive the rule of the retrograde, misguided, just plain ignorant, and just plain evil.

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