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What Kind of 'ocracy Do We Have?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Zucchotti Park, Occupy Wall Street, protesters (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

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

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Comments [50]

We live in a cause and effect world, and hence a cause and effect society. The problem is that there are few members of the society that know this and even fewer who connect the cause they engage in being connected to the effect that they do not intend.

Nov. 06 2011 09:22 AM
Ed from Red Bank, NJ

Auction-ocracy Our elected officials are bought by the highest bidders.

Nov. 04 2011 01:36 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

The United States is not a democracy but a democratic republic. It means that majority opinion usually but not always rules.
I would like to live in a representative democracy where the will of the people wasn't continually blocked by filibusters or the People's house had more members so that legislation actually had popular support. 1 member per 700,000 citizens is too low a ratio for me.

Nov. 03 2011 02:56 PM
Zhanna

Availability Bias/(misperception)

Delaying conception/family planning b/c you know women who had babies in their 40s. Big mistake....

Nov. 03 2011 11:34 AM
Harvey Rosen from 10023

"short-term thinking ocracy"

Nov. 03 2011 11:26 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

A gadgetocracy, in which we are too addicted to and distracted by numerous forms of push-button immediate gratification and quick fixes, and lack the discipline to restore and maintain a healthy democracy.

Nov. 03 2011 11:18 AM
Julia L from BK

Arbitrary Convention-ocracy

Any governing we do is a convention that is relatively arbitrary as it compares to the universe in which we happen to reside.

Nov. 03 2011 11:17 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Whoops, Brian, "-ocracy" is a suffix, not a prefix.

Nov. 03 2011 11:16 AM
geTaylor from Bklyn.,NY


narrative-ocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:15 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I fully second and agree with your last caller Ruth, who is obviously a very intelligent last caller.

Nov. 03 2011 11:15 AM
RR from Park Slope

badmornigshowcracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:15 AM
Joanne Devine

WTF-ocracy!
Because maybe people are waking upfrom a snoozocracy finding out

Nov. 03 2011 11:14 AM
geTaylor from Bklyn.,NY


narrative-ocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:14 AM
Christina

uberocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:14 AM
geTaylor from Bklyn.,NY


narrative-ocrcy

Nov. 03 2011 11:13 AM
bruce

the way the teaparty will do anything to block the president..we live in a "they hate barackracy"

Nov. 03 2011 11:13 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd call what the 1st caller described (people w/connections get jobs) a nepotocracy.

Nov. 03 2011 11:13 AM
Chris from Brooklyn

Myopicracy - Short sighted

Nov. 03 2011 11:12 AM
Harvey from 10023

greed-ocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:12 AM
J Reilly from Bellmore, LI

Hole in my shoe, hole in my sockracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:12 AM
donna

No-ocracy! We live in an oligarchy.

Nov. 03 2011 11:12 AM
Stephen B. from Manhattan

Consumptocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:11 AM
Lizk from Downtown

Its a greedocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:11 AM
Kabir

kleptocracy is pretty accurate

Nov. 03 2011 11:11 AM
Billy Gray from Greenpoint

I hate to be the one to invoke the F-bomb, but there's a special word for a system of government that's been captured by industry and industrial interests, and it doesn't end in 'ocracy'.

Nov. 03 2011 11:11 AM
99 percenter from ncy

Greed-ocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:11 AM
Matt H. from UWS

Our current system combines two elements out of classical debates about politics. Gerontocracy: rule of all by the old. And plutocracy: government by and for the wealthy.

Nov. 03 2011 11:10 AM
Sarah Barry from Cranford, NJ

Debt-ocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:10 AM
Capper from NYC

An imbalocracy.

Without the 99%, the 1% wouldn't have what they have.

You can't have one without the other.

Nov. 03 2011 11:10 AM
John P. from Nutley

I don't believe it's an 'ocracy' at all, we are now living in an oligarchy.

Nov. 03 2011 11:09 AM
MHR in JC from Jersey City, NJ

An " I-Want-Someone-To-Pay-Me-For-Being-Me-ocracy "

Nov. 03 2011 11:09 AM
Adnan from Princeton @adnanshamsi

Media and politics and messaging seems to be shaped, at least influenced, by pundits - be they in media, politics, wall street, entertainment, YouTube, journalists, etc.
It seems that soundbites shape our overall conversation, thus a PUNDITocracy. Twitter enables everyone to be heard through a soundbite, empowering more to play the role of 'pundit' in any given field. 'nuff said.

Nov. 03 2011 11:07 AM
gene from NYC

FOXOCRACY

Domination of the national conversation by multinational business-funded interests that have no stake in the success of the USA and the quality of life of its people whatsoever. They can just move elsewhere.

Control of the airwaves, infiltration of the media, a full-out assault on the the zeitgeist that encourages and often finances all manner of pro-rich measures that benefit multinational corporations over ordinary citizens.

Nov. 03 2011 11:05 AM
Kevin Holohan from Brooklyn

Most people live in a shamocracy where the semblance of control exists while the real players live in a meretricocracy where they pay for the lawmakers that best suit their purposes

Nov. 03 2011 11:05 AM
nick from bklyn

KAKISTOCRACY----What the greeks called government by a states worst or least-qualified men.

We might qualify: worst or least-qualified OLD, WHITE men.

Nov. 03 2011 11:04 AM
Paul from Glen Cove

we live in a technocracy

Nov. 03 2011 11:03 AM
Amy from Manhattan

A denialocracy on issues like global climate disruption & even the need to fix our infrastructure. Too many politicians (& too much of the public) care more about their perceived short-term interest than about dealing w/more important issues that we'll face further down the line.

Hmm...maybe it's a short-term-ocracy.

Nov. 03 2011 11:01 AM
Rachel from Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Given the few people that vote, that try to be informed by listening/watching/reading the news -- i.e. non-opinioned news -- and the prevalence of Entertainment news, I would say: a Celebrity-ocracy.

If more people followed what is happening in society, in politics and how our elected officials behave, like they do they Celebs, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now.

Nov. 03 2011 11:00 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Anyone who thinks the world is "fair" is an ignorant moron

Nov. 03 2011 11:00 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Wow. David, the previous caller, is suffering from a serious just-world fallacy.

Nov. 03 2011 10:57 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Plutocracy with some superficial vestiges of a Democracy

Nov. 03 2011 10:52 AM
RCT from nyc

A Hypocracy.

Nov. 03 2011 10:49 AM
Jay F.

Slow news day - o - cracy?

Nov. 03 2011 10:47 AM
Outside looking in from Brooklyn

I think the people of the United States of America live in a capocracy.... where capital (money), rather than people rule. There are other democracies in the world where people rather than money have more impact, but they are 'social' democracies, for example, Germany, France, Great Britain, Australia.

Nov. 03 2011 10:47 AM
Eric from Brooklyn

Oligarchr-ocacy ie oligarchy; definition: a governing system in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control

Plutocracy is also descriptive and accurate

Nov. 03 2011 10:47 AM
Juan from Mount Vernon, NY

We live in a monetocracy, without question. As long as politicians can receive donations (from anyone, corporations aren't the only problem), there will always be pressure on politicians to raise more money, and then that money will buy influence... and we all know the rest. :/

Nov. 03 2011 10:41 AM
Orin from Queens

It's a mixed system: A democracy/plutocracy supervising a capitalist/socialist empire/federation.

Nov. 03 2011 10:38 AM
John A.

What were once Democracies are now just 'Mockracies'.

Nov. 03 2011 10:37 AM
Jane rivers from lake Telemark, NJ

What kind of "ocracy"? IDI-ocracy. If Herman Cain were President...it would be a sequel to that movie...live imitating art imitating life.

Nov. 03 2011 10:06 AM
Bitter from Brooklyn

Considering the caliber of our elected officials, the public discourse, the tastes of our culture, and the fact that all you can do is sit back and laugh with cynicism and sarcasm about everything...

Farce-ocracy? Satir-ocracy?

Nov. 03 2011 10:05 AM

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