What Kind of 'ocracy Do We Have?

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show: A recent caller said she thinks we live in a "madisonavenue-ocracy." What kind of ___ocracy do you think we live in?

Hyp-ocracy? A idi-ocracy? Maybe an influence-ocracy? How about a pharm-ocracy? A medi-ocracy? An I’m-broke-ocracy? Here are some ideas from callers for re-naming our current political system:

Manipulative-ocracy… not only is trade manipulated and our currency here, but even jobs.

A Corporate-ocracy, a democracy controlled by huge… corporations that are buying the Madison avenue advertisements.. the lobbyists and the politicians who are receiving donations.

Blood-suck-ocracy… because banks can borrow at the fed’s window at zero percent and then lend at ninety-nine percent interest on the mortgage.. and pay us one percent interest on our savings.

A corporate plutocracy.

A bank-ocracy.

A someone-else-to-blame-ocracy.

A K-Street-ocracy.

A gerontocracy, because who else has time to vote on a Tuesday?

A post-democracy. We have no democracy any more, and the country is going down the drain.

A lobb-ocracy, because we’re getting what the lobbies want, whether it’s good for the country or not.

A dancing-with-the-ocracy—a society drenched with fifteen-minutes of Kardashian crap.

Apoth-ocracy, an inequit-ocracy, that’s why we #occupy.

A kakistocracy, ruled by the worst!

A democracy! I agree with so much of what I’ve heard, but you know democracy is an experiment that goes back to 500 BC, and the experiment continues, right here on your airwaves, with the freedom to express everything that your callers are saying. And it only works if we protest, on Wall Street and around the country. It only works if we vote.

Some texters sent us the following ideas:

Kaare

Percentocracy -- governance of by and for the one prevent.

Kathy

money

Kevin

Give it to me now-ocracy

Kim

Mega ego ocracy

Kimmarie

Cauc-ocracy.  Mostly White and male.

Kristen

Finger-poinotcracy

Kristin

a corporate plutocracy -Kristin from Theatre Reverb

Lauri

Short-attention-spanocracy

Leonardo

I live in a Feminocracy because women rule my world.

Leonid

Idiocracy

Lisa

A dow jones ocracy 

Lord

Technocracy

Luke

Someone else is to blame ocracy

Lynn

Hypocritocracy

Marc

DemocraZY.  Elected politicians totally out of touch with their constituents needs

Mark

An advertocracy.

Mark

I'm working for the weekend-ocracy.

Mark

gridlocracy and FEAROCRACY

Matt

FWIW, Brian, technically we don't live in a DEMOCRACY, it is a DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.  There's a difference.  Most notably the Electoral College.

MATT

Mediocracy

Matt

We live in a greedocracy.

Matt

I would've said plutocracy, but Madison-Avenue-ocracy is probably closer to the mark. It needs a snappier name, though, if we expect it to take.

Maureen

Lobbyocracy

Max

Aspire2-1% ocracy

Meghan

Kardashianocracy

Michael

Idiocracy

michelle

corporate

Mike

Coporat

Molly

Ignocracy

Monique

Klept.  And Mend

Mordechai

Dem

Nick

Idiocracy!

Nilita

It's a mockracy plain and simple

Onderdonk

Dumbingdownacracy

Patty

A 1% theocracy where money is the new golden calf

paula

K street ocracy

Raj

Paranoiocracy. Fearocracy.  MeMeMeocracy.

Ralph

Idiocracy!

Re

Re: Sthenocracy = rule by the strong. From Greek -sthenos, or strength as in  word callisthenics.

Rebecca

Consumocracy

Rich

We live in a NO-cracy we are adrift and failing. Usury and greed have ruined us. Rich in Brooklyn.

Roger

Vicious humidorocracy

Rogerio

We've been living in a SELFISHNESSocracy

Roman

Kardashian

Ryan

Imbrokeocracy

Samantha

After seeing the documentary GASLAND last night, I definitely think we live in an OILocracy. (Or is that a Halliburocracy?)

Samm

The Haves and The Have-Nots - ocracy

Sanjay

Them-ocracy where all the power lies with "them"

Saro

Corporate-ocracy.

Seth

Mediocracy

Shelly

Mediocracy.

Stephanie

Manipulativeocracy.

Stephen

Nerocracy: Bank execs play fiddle with the US Congress while the global economy burns....

Steve

Minimocracy. We've cut taxes to the point that government fails to work when there's even a minor disaster.

Steve

Celebritocracy-.a world where rules and norms dont apply to the famous 15 secs or otherwise.

Susan

We live in a WEALTHocracy.

Tahl

Capitalistocracy = must-have-more-stuffocracy

Tanner

Apathocracy & inequitocracy that's why we #occupy

this

we're living in a dollar ocracy

Tim

Jesus-o-cracy

Tisha

Money-ocracy. (he or she who has the most makes the rules)

Toby

Spectaclocracy

Tommy

Gotcha-ocracy

Tracy

Debt-ocracy

U

classocracy

Wendy

Goldmansachsocracy

Wendy

A Marketingocracy. It's all selling, all the time.

What

Biznocracy The forces of business are faster, more nimble, more modern, better skilled, more international than any govt. They wield power govts can't match

Will

Entertainmentocracy, i bet more people know who gaga is then leo panetta and more people saw the dark night then voted in 2008