While the calibre of the Barclay Brother Beano continues to decline, we can at least draw some inspiration and entertainment from some of those who leave comments in response to various articles.  This definition of the political and economic state of various countries is particularly incisive. Its original author is not known but it was reposted by an admirer and appears in the Urban Dictionary:


(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to
lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the
members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are
rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a
diminishing number of producers.

Great stuff.

4 Responses to “Ineptocracy”

  1. 1 tux1952 16/10/2012 at 8:51 pm


  2. 2 Rich Tee 17/10/2012 at 8:41 am

    I think I might buy a mug with that written on it.

    There is also a film called Idiocracy that depicts a future where the intelligent have been outbred by the stupid and the world becomes dominated by idiots.

  3. 3 Brian H 17/10/2012 at 11:40 am

    the classic source of such films etc. is Kornbluth’s “The Marching Morons”, from Galaxy, 1951. A cryogenically frozen salesman is revived in the distant future, where he discovers a thin veneer of geniuses, whose ruthlessness has been bred out of them, sustaining a vast and relentlessly growing planet of morons. The producers can’t bring themselves to do what they know must be done. The salesman is granted rulership and carte blanche to solve the problem. He does so by promoting Venus as a paradise, and forging glowing letters from happy pioneers. More and more sign up for emigration rockets, which he directs into the Sun. In the end, he too is bundled into one of his own rockets.

  4. 4 JohnMJohnM 17/10/2012 at 12:09 pm

    If every idiot was removed, somehow, and only those of high intelligence remained, the remainder would split themselves into those of lower high-intelligence and high high-intelligence and start again.
    Of course this problem was foreseen many decades ago.
    When you have automated everything the only ones who are “productive” will be those building or repairing the machines.
    It depends upon the personal definition of “productive”, what is being produced and who is doing the producing.
    Personally I consider that the start of the extinction of Home Sapiens is upon us.

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