Writing Life: “Kakistocracy”

Friend Louise knows I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting words, so she sent this one along: Kakistocracy.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellewitt/2016/10/13/investing-in-a-kakistocracy/#2e05ef4c3ea0

Kakistocracy, according to the Forbes article, means this:

The Greek word “kakistocracy,” which I learned from Peggy Noonan, describes a state or government run by the most unscrupulous or unsuitable people – in other words, the world we live in today.” 

Trump, in the words of the people who work most closely with him every day, has the intellect of a kindergartener, is a moron, is decompensating to a dangerous degree, lies routinely and compulsively, and makes impulsive moves that affect the lives of millions — simply to assuage his reflexively contrarian impulses. Yet we, and the rest of the world, are forced to act as if his behavior is within the boundaries of “normal”. Republicans in Congress are rushing through a really bad tax bill, one that will further enrich the wealthy, add to the deficit, and do little for ordinary Americans — just to have a win. Franken and Conyers are out, but Trump is still in and Moore may be on his way to taking a Senate seat.

“Unscrupulous” and “unsuitable” seem like apt descriptors indeed. I’m adding “kakistocracy” to my usable word list.

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