Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Terms Of Engagement

noun  mi·sog·y·ny \mə-ˈsä-jə-nē\  dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women
noun dem·a·gogue \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\  a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational judgement
noun  nep·o·tism \ˈne-pə-ˌti-zəm\  the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs
  • when blood takes precedence over ethics and skirts the law.
noun  klep·toc·ra·cy \klep-ˈtä-krə-sē\  a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves
  • self-interest and abuse of power has been a consistent theme and accountability is impossible without transparency.
noun  big·ot \ˈbi-gət\  a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people or ideas; a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
adjective  post·truth  \ˈpōst-ˈtrüth\  Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief
  • unprincipled dissemination of fake news, the validation of false realities, and a paucity of skills to effectively navigate the sea of available information.
noun  ter·ror·ism \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\  the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims
noun  fas·cism \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm\  a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government
  • if we don't learn from history we are bound to repeat it.
noun  au·to·crat \ˈȯ-tə-ˌkrat\  a ruler who has absolute power
  • rules for survival according to a Russian journalist include: 1) believe the autocrat 2) do not be taken in by smalls signs of normalcy 3) do not trust in institutions to save you 4) be outraged 5) do not compromise 6) remember the future.  

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