Crawl Across the Ocean

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I read a lot of American blogs including lots of comments, and the mood there is as dark as I've ever seen it. Of course, it stands to reason, given the economic conditions, but still. The level of government legitimacy seems dangerously low, especially considering Obama just took power a couple of weeks ago. Not that people, Americans in particular, don't have reason to be angry with the kleptocracy that's been running their country for the last decade or two, but still, there seems to be a lot of anger out there - on all sides of the political spectrum.

I don't really have much of a point, it's just worrying that's all.



  • Hello Declan

    Kleptocracy is the wrong word, here and in other cases where it's used. Being a thief didn't put you in the ruling class, being in the ruling class allowed you to steal things, and to be rewarded for allowing other things to be stolen. This has always more or less been expected to be so in the bad forms of government -tyranny, oligarchy and democracy. Plato's opposite was the rule of the philosopher or philosophers -monarchy or aristocracy. Plato doesn't seem to have imagined a majority of philosophers but Aristotle does list a form of majority rule for the general good, "polity" in my translation.

    Best Wishes,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:48 AM  

  • Well it means what I meant it to mean, and that's good enough for me, although I take your point that the usage is inconsistent with the other cracy's.

    By Blogger Declan, at 9:38 PM  

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