Word for the day: kleptarchy

October 17, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More

Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, (from Ancient Greek: κλέπτης (thief) and κράτος (rule), “rule by thieves”) is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often without pretense of honest service. This type of government corruption is often achieved by the embezzlement of state funds.


Category: Corporatocracy, Corruption, income disparity, Patriotism/Nationalism, snake oil

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Nice use of Greek characters — they even came through your feed unscathed.

    I wonder when they’ll drop the pretense?

  2. Edgar Montrose says:

    See also kakistocracy.

    I guess the worst of all would be a kleptocratic kakistocracy … or vice-versa.

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