It occurs to me that a common misspelling of “hypocrisy” can serve as a useful neologism to describe a government that systematically operates at a level of competence that is well below any reasonable expectation.  This combination of the prefix “hypo-” (“less than normal”) with the suffix “-cracy” (“form of government” or “political class”) offers a succinct description of a government that is unable to enact a budget for itself, muster a coherent response to the gulf oil spill, or even distribute flu vaccine competently.

Yes, we are indeed living in a hypocracy.  If this were a corporation, it would be divesting itself of all but its “core competencies.”  Hypocracies, alas, do not seem to stop expanding their scope until it is too late.

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