Friday April 13th 2018Tim
Benefit of knaves at the cost of fools." Yes
indeed! My own preference in the area of morality is the
line from Genesis which basically suggests, "For Esau
was an hairy man, but I am an smooth man." And yet you
got to love the wonderful word Katistocracy as used by
the former CIA boss John O. Brennan, in of all things a
tweet, "Your Katistocracy is collapsing after its
lamentable journey." Call him the Samuel Johnson of the
secret services, and wait around for "Patriotism is the
last refuge of a scoundrel." Mind you, I'm with Lemuel
Caution on this one. "Slimeball," says it all.
imagine in the CIA, cracies of all kinds are regularly
discussed and joked about, probably a long list of them
have to be memorized otherwise you're considered a
moron, but I had to look up Katistocracy. I assumed it
had purring animal connotations, Lions, Hyena, Bears,
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, that sort of thing. I was wrong.
The "kati" part of the word comes from the Greek for the
very worst, totally useless, fit only to be thrown away.
The "cracy" part comes from the Greek word for style of
rule. Over the years those more faint hearted in our
number have yearned for a return to an Arthurian wet
dream of Aristocracy and they have questioned the
capacity of Democracy to avoid becoming a Katistocracy.