Open Thread: Oligarchy Edition

Pronunciation: 'ä-l&-"gär-kE, 'O-
Function: noun
1 : government by the few
2 : a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt or selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control
3 : the leadership in the North Carolina state legislature


Another fine mess

And I thought oligarchy described the antics of Oliver Hardy exercising control over Stan Laurel......oh, I see, it's the same thing.

"Aristotle used the term oligarchia to designate the rule of the few when it was exercised not by the best but by bad men unjustly. In this sense, oligarchy is a debased form of aristocracy,.."


Debased form of aristocracy. Sounds right to me. Wonder what King George would say? I doubt he's even heard of the word.

Speaking of oligarchies

John Hood of the John Locke Foundation weighs in today on flag desecration. It seems he's mildly against a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. The column also includes the confession that he's unlikely to run for governor. Thank god for small favors.