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kleptocracy

Post by Ken Greenwald » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:13 am

<2018 “The Hudson Institute has promoted programs examining the rise of kleptocracy in governments around the world, with Russia as a prime target.”—New York Times, 21 August>
Never heard the word before and it’s not hard to infer it’s meaning, but I’ll include it anyway.

Dictionary.com

kleptocracy noun: A government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.

Etymology: 1815–20; klepto- (combining form of Greek kléptēs thief) + -cracy
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The following quotes are from The Oxford English Dictionary and archived sources:
<1819 “Titular ornaments, common to the Spanish kleptocracy.”—L. Hunt Indicator, No. 12 (1822), I. 95>

<1968 “The essence of kleptocracy is that the functioning of the organs of authority is determined by the mechanisms of supply and demand rather than the laws and regulations.”—African Predicament by S. L. Andreski, vii. page 109>

<1971 “The Federal Republic of Cameroon, which he [sc. Leonard Barnes] seems to regard as one of the less wicked kleptocracies.”—Guardian Weekly, 10 July, page 18>

<1975 “The role of corruption within the [Franco] regime . . . and the growth of a virtual kleptocracy within the administration.”—Times literary Supplement, 4 July, page 740/4>

<1987 “It is made up of vignettes of the last years of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, when their gaudy kleptocracy was in full flower.”—Washington Post (D.C.), 18 October>

<2001 “After 32 years of kleptocracy and military rule, the collapse of the Suharto regime was always going to be perilous.”—The Economist (U.S), 17 February>

<2010 “ Despite a rapidly growing threat from left-wing extremists ((in India)), dubious governance standards in many states, a culture of kleptocracy, and a sense of policy drift in the capital city, there's a sense that the economy will keep expanding at its current rapid clip of 8 to 9 percent."—Newsweek International, 27 September>

<2018 “Finally, people got fed up with this kleptocracy; and in 1912 the state passed the toughest campaign finance law in the country.”—The Boston Globe (Massachusetts), 29 July>
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Post by trolley » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:21 am

That's a new one on me, Ken. It started me thinking about rule by other particular groups and I came across this https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/201 ... ith-cracy/
Some of these sounded so outrageous I wasn't sure if they were joking or not...
pornocracy= government by prostitutes
narcocracy =A government or state dominated by a group of people whose wealth derives from the trade in illegal drugs
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Post by tony h » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:07 am

I would not have thought of it as an unusual word. It is intriguing to find the different understandings of odd and common.
In my youth it was used in discussions on the merits of nationalising industries.
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I'm puzzled therefore I think.

Re: kleptocracy

Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:51 pm

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:13 am
<2018 “The Hudson Institute has promoted programs examining the rise of kleptocracy in governments around the world, with Russia as a prime target.”—New York Times, 21 August>
According to Wikipedia,
"The Hudson Institute is a politically conservative,[6] 501(c)(3) non-profit American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1961[1] in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the RAND Corporation.

According to its website, the Institute is committed to innovative research and analysis that promotes "global security, prosperity and freedom."[7] It promotes public policy change in accordance with its stated belief that "America's unique and central role in the global system offers the best foundation for security, the defense of liberty, and assuring economic growth."[8]
Let the reader mull over the rich hypocrisy of an Establishment institution in the United States — the most grossly militaristic, imperialistic, unequal and heavily propagandized society on Earth, in which the interests of corporations have prevailed almost entirely over those of its own citizens — pointing its accusatory finger anywhere save towards the country in which it has its own base.

Let it be noted, for instance, that in the words of Politifact,
"...our assessment indicates that as of 2009, the net worth of the nation’s 400 wealthiest individuals exceeds the net worth of half of all American households".
I'll leave it at that, since the main focus of this forum is the English language, not politics. But that quote from the NY Times was so egregious that I could not let it pass unchallenged.
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Post by Phil White » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:28 pm

How strange, I could have sworn we had looked at this one before. But we haven't.

Thanks for that link, trolley. I shall squirrel some of those away.
I'll leave it at that, since the main focus of this forum is the English language, not politics.
Just go for it, Erik. Any good discussion would be better than this state of semi-consciousness we seem to have reached on WW.

Actually, it seems to me that any form of state organization is tantamount to kleptocracy, as they all tend towards the centralization of wealth and power. The state is the problem.

“Every society has the criminals it deserves.” (Emma Goldman)
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