You so ‘Cracy!

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” – Sir Winston Churchill

As a writer and self-proclaimed wordsmith, I love making new discoveries in the English language. Thanks to my friend Robert, I recently learned the word kakistocracy, “government by the worst.” (This should not be confused with khakistocracy, a word recently coined to define rule by the military.) Kakistocracy originated in the 1800s as an antonym to aristocracy, which translates literally as “government by the best.” Unfortunately, aristocracy was co-opted by the nobility and upper class of society, many of whom probably were closer to kakisto than aristo.

This got me wondering exactly how many forms of -ocracies I could find, and to my surprise, there are dozens, from the sensible to the silly.
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Phobia Mania

In Greek mythology, Ares, god of war, and Aphrodite, goddess of love, had twin sons. They were named Deimos and Phobos. Deimos, the personification of terror, and Phobos, the personification of fear, would follow their father Ares into war. They continue to follow Ares — otherwise known as Mars — in the present as the two moons revolving around the red planet. Other than having his name bestowed on a moon, and a few appearances in pop culture, Deimos has not amounted to much. Phobos, however, has become so popular, he is mentioned in one form or another on a daily basis.
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