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Ineptocracy — the word du jour

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) –

A system of government where the least capable to lead

are elected by the least capable of producing, and where

the members of society least likely to sustain themselves

or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for

by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of


Thanks to treeman today (and before that Brice, Rupert, and Speedy who said: Ineptocracy — See also “Swan Song”).

Merci. ‘Tis a gem. If it is not in the Oxford now, it will be…


It could be that an ineptocracy is the inevitable end point of democracy……


“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

Possibly said first by Alexander Tytler (circa late 1700′s)

I posted this quote first in July last year in the slow death of democracy, a post so very relevant still.

Everyone takes the path of least resistance, and democracy sits balanced on a high peak above the rugged terrain of a hundred thousand years of tribal existence. No matter what direction that complacency takes, all roads lead to the valley of tyranny.





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