Megalocracy in America

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The Onion catches up with some innovators at the Cato Institute:

WASHINGTON, DC—Political scientists at the Cato Institute announced Monday that they have inadvertently synthesized a previously theoretical form of government known as megalocracy.

"We were attempting to recreate a military junta in a controlled diplomatic setting, and we applied too much external pressure," said head researcher Dr. Adam Stogsdill, a leading expert in highly reactionary ruling systems. "The resultant government has the ruthless qualities of a dictatorship combined with the class solidarity of a plutocracy—it's quite a remarkable find."

Stogsdill explained that megalocracy is extremely unstable and can only exist in idealistic conditions for a few minutes before collapsing into anarchy.

Will Wilkinson has more on Stogdill's discovery. And here's Greg Beato on why The Onion is our most intelligent newspaper.

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  1. Stogsdill explained that megalocracy is extremely unstable and can only exist in idealistic conditions for a few minutes before collapsing into anarchy.

    This element seems to have a much longer life outside of the laboratory.

  2. Meanwhile, here’s something closer to home. A satire I wrote – and emailed to Reason – was followed by a similar idea being presented non-satirically in the pages of… Reason. At least, unlike me, Wilkinson didn’t go into the details of the “passage”.

  3. TLB, In the name of all that is right and good, go away! Scat! Vamoose! Get lost! Take a hike! Skedaddle! Take a long walk on a short pier!

    The preceding was brought to you by The United Gilmore Alliance to Drive LoneWacko Away From Hit&Run By Any Means Necessary (TUGATDLWAFH&RBAMN).

  4. *imagines a world where LoneWackJob was a florist named Myrna who is married to Jose, the town scamp. The adventures this mismatched couple would have is enough for at least three seasons of prime time, family fun!*

  5. “The resultant government has the ruthless qualities of a dictatorship combined with the class solidarity of a plutocracy-it’s quite a remarkable find.”

    In other words, it’s like Singapore.

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