“Kakistocracy,” meaning “government by the least qualified or worse persons,” comes to us from the Greeks. “Kakistos,” meaning “worst, is the superlative form of the adjective, “kakos,” meaning “bad. We credit the Greeks for inventing democracy. We might also give them credit for being able to separate bad government from good.
Greek democracy was not perfect. For example, slaves, women, and children were not enfranchised. Not much different from the USA today. Persons of color and the poor, in particular, are disenfranchised by (usually Republican) governments’ reducing locations for advance voting, limiting advance voting hours to work-days, and making it difficult to obtain official government identification.
When the Soviet Union was breaking up, and then turning itself into the Russian Federation, I joked that “Kakistan” was one of the provinces spun off. “Stan,” in this context of course means “home of the.” Pakistan is the home of the Paks; Afghanistan, of the Afgans. By extension, Kakistan would have been home of Kaka. And of course, we all know that childens’ euphemism for excrement or feces.
Onece, I thought President Obama was responsible for the Balkanization of the United States, for the burgeoning conflict between Blacks and Whites, the quickness of police officers of all races to “shoot first and ask questions later” especially when addressing a Black, and for the strengthening of the Alt-Right.
The election of Trump despite his words and behavior during the campaign and despite any serious plans for the future, the activities of the most radical of his supporters, the actions of Republican-controlled states in limiting and discouraging voting by minorities, Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon (former head of Breitbart) as his chief strategist—all these things tell me I was wrong.
The mindless hatred was there, all along, simmering in the cauldron of ignorance and the cesspit of bigotry throughout the nation, waiting only for a demagogue to be elected President of the US and give it the imprimatur of his office.
I am 72 years old and have been diagnosed with several potentially fatal diseases (other than “old age”). I used to think that the collapse of civilization would not occur until after my death. However, I’m beginning to think that given four years of a Trump administration, the inevitable collapse may occur before my 76th birthday.
By the way, I don’t like Clinton, either, so please don’t brand me a libsymp or a Democrat.
Kakistan is not, after all, a former Soviet territory caught between the European Union and the dictator of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, former KGB Colonel whose power is greater than that wielded even by the Tsars. Kakistan is a soi-disant republic that occupies the center of the North American Continent.
For a treatment of a still-potential apocalyptic dystopian future, please see “Holy Fire,” featured on the home page, and available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.
A tip of the hat to Anu Garg’s “A.Word.Day at Wordsmith.org, for his post on 14 November, and Dan Warner in the Fort Meyers News Press, on 17 January 2016 for keeping the word, “kakistocracy” alive.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.