Kakistocracy: Everybody Wants to Rule the Worst

Are you coming to grips with the fact that we live in a world where pondering the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency is no longer considered completely delusional?

Well, journalist David Clay Johnson suggested in the National Memo.com that kakistocracy is a helpful but underused descriptive word to keep in mind.

We can see a troubling future looming for America in two seemingly unrelated events — the water crisis in Flint and the Republican presidential primaries.

Both suggest that America is moving away from the high ideals of President Kennedy’s inaugural address — “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Instead we see politicians who say they love America, but hate the American government.

There is a word to describe the kind of government Michigan has and America is at risk of developing. It’s called kakistocracy.

It means government by the worst men, from the ancient Greek words kákistos, meaning worst, and kratia, meaning to rule.

And in the Republican party, currently full of the worst, front runner Donald Trump might be the biggest kakistocrat ever.

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