Friday, March 21, 2008

The word of the day is . . .

... kleptocracy.

A kleptocracy (sometimes cleptocracy) (root: klepto+kratein = rule by thieves) is a term applied to a government that extends the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats) at the expense of the population.

Which is what we have here in the U.S.S.R. If taxation is theft (and it is), then it must follow that those in power who seek to increase taxation (such as Senators Obama, McCain, and Rodham-Clinton) are thieves. So why do we keep electing thieves?

[H/T 2 Milt Rosenberg, who on the show Extension 720 uses excellent words like "hegemony" and "kleptocracy." I'm guessing they don't listen to the show much in Rio Linda.]

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