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The Fools, I’ll Show Them All!

October 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

I assume every blogger who’s ever worked at Cato will have to link this short Onion article now, and why should I be the exception?

Political Scientists Discover New Form Of Government

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.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charles // Oct 31, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    I liked the Onion article, and I get that it juxtaposes physics with polisci… But is there an underlying satirical point about the inherent unscientificness of polisci?

  • 2 phensley // Nov 1, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    …or one about the social-scientific delusions of grandeur underlying rational choice theory?