idiocracy

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idio- +‎ -cracy

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idiocracy (plural idiocracies)

  1. (formal) Government that is based upon abstract theory.
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idiocracy (plural idiocracies)

  1. (humorous) A government run by idiots.
    • 2010, Jacob Weisberg, “Down With the People,” Slate, 6 February, 2010,[1]
      In trying to explain why our political paralysis seems to have gotten so much worse over the past year, analysts have rounded up a plausible collection of reasons including: President Obama's tactical missteps, the obstinacy of congressional Republicans, rising partisanship in Washington, the blustering idiocracy of the cable-news stations, and the Senate filibuster, which has devolved into a super-majority threshold for any important legislation.
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