a political system governed by the wealthy people
Government by the wealthy.
A controlling class of the wealthy.
a form of government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the wealthy classes; government by the rich; also, a controlling or influential class of rich men
Origin: [Gr. ploutokrati`a; plou^tos wealth + kratei^n to be strong, to rule, fr. krato`s strength: cf. F. plutocratie.]
Plutocracy, also known as plutonomy or plutarchy, is rule by the wealthy. Its first known use was in 1652. Unlike systems such as democracy or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy and has no formal advocates. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
plōō-tok′ra-si, n. government by the wealthy.—n. Plu′tocrat.—adj. Plutocrat′ic.—ns. Plutol′ogist; Plutol′ogy, the science of wealth: political economy. [Gr. ploutokratia—ploutos, wealth, kratia—kratein, to rule.]
The numerical value of Plutocracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Plutocracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.
Socialism has been discredited. Plutocracy is in the process of being discredited. Democratic capitalism has yet to be tried.
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