Tuesday, August 23, 2005

isocracy

Erin McKean from verbatimmag.com shares this old definition with us:



[eye-SAH-kruh-see]

a system of government in which all the people possess equal political power. The citation in the OED from 1652 shows that we have always been cynical about the practicality of this idea: "It remaineth doubtfull, whether people who live together, may lawfully retain an Isocracie among them." An isocrat is an advocate of isocracy; to isocratize is to practice isocracy. The equality of people before the law, or the equality of political rights among the citizens of a state, is isonomy.

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