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    government by the worst and least-qualified people

    Of the many destructive features of our kakistocracy, one of the most disturbing is the continuing failure of progressivism to help the very constituencies (the young, the poor, and minorities) whom it claims to serve.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/12/2016


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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