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Define Charientoracy

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2008, 15:57
by Guest
Please define the work Charientoracy that is used several places in "Lilies That Fester"
Thank you,
Malcolm

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2008, 18:45
by repectabiggle
Hi Malcolm,

Charientocracy, in Lewis's essay, means something like "rule by the refined," I believe. That is, the cultured, the sensitive, the refined folks having their way with everybody.

That's just from a quick glane at the essay and a quick lookup of the Greek charientes, so somebody else may have more to add.

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2008, 20:01
by Karen
As best I can make out, a “charientocracy” is rule by intellectuals, the “cultured,” technocrats, scientists, or, in short, a humanistic elite under the sway of the notion that they know what is best for us.


http://www.fee.org/Publications/the-Freeman/article.asp?aid=690

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2008, 22:19
by repectabiggle
Argh. . .the typo in the original post went unnoticed by me and explains why Google didn't return any matches. Shame on me.

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2008, 22:27
by john
repectabiggle wrote:Argh. . .the typo in the original post went unnoticed by me and explains why Google didn't return any matches. Shame on me.


Er, yeah. It does tend to help define a word when it's been spelled correctly. :)

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2008, 22:56
by repectabiggle
Well, to be fair there *are* only nine returns with the word spelled correctly. :cry:

I'd say I got it pretty close from skimming Lewis's essay. And on my lunch break, too. :p

Define Charientocracy

PostPosted: 27 Jun 2008, 21:36
by Guest
Sorry about typo in original. Thanks for help.
Malcolm

PostPosted: 27 Jun 2008, 23:07
by repectabiggle
Hey, no worries. It's pretty excusable in such an unusual word! :)