Reform The Kakistocracy

Rule by the Least Able or Least Principled Citizens

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
188 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2020
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Author Biography

After four decades of involvement in the nation’s policymaking process, it was time to view it from a different perspective, the outside, which is the perspective of most people. I chose to write since there would be no limitations on my writings, other than good judgment.

My experience getting to this decision was as a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leading its Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs division for twenty years. During my time, I testified before Congress forty times, participated in several hundred federal rulemakings, led numerous business coalitions on policies including reform of the administrative state, regulatory reform, energy, environment, telecommunications, data quality, and transparency, and delivered major policy presentations in over forty states.

Prior to my service at the Chamber, I was chief counsel for the House of Representatives subcommittee on Transportation and Commerce, legal counsel to a member of Congress, vice chairman, and chairman of the Virginia Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Board, and a partner in Washington, DC law firms.

During those years I published policy and law review articles and produced numerous nationally recognized regulatory studies. All grounded legal presentations. After forty years in the trenches, it was time for commentary on how policy should work for citizens, not politicians.
My first book was Reform the Kakistocracy. I contributed articles to The Libertarian Republic, The Hill, and My second book was published in October 2020, The Left’s Little Red Book on Forming a New Green Republic.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Reform The Kakistocracy by William L. Kovacs, the author describes what the government and those in power have evolved into. An elite, self-serving minority who lack the morals and principles to care for those who elected them. Over the last forty years, there has been an incredible rise in wealth and social inequality, leading to the American people feeling mentally defeated and with no will to improve their circumstances. The Kakistocracy uses the rule of law to control and manipulate its citizens, drowning them in debt, inadequate healthcare, and the future, whilst they feather the nests of the most wealthy and powerful. Throughout this analysis of the current situation of the government, we uncover the corruption, mismanagement, and bureaucracy that threaten the future of generations of citizens to come. How can the American people take back control and demand change from those who decide whether we are free, wealthy, or safe? America finds itself at a historic crossroads. Discover the many strategies and solutions that are available to us which can totally change the direction of government and silence the hidden elites that whisper their demands behind closed doors.

The overwhelming content of Reform The Kakistocracy is so thought-provoking and definitely inspires change and action. The description of the Kakistocracy is very accurate but a frightening reality at the same time. William L. Kovacs is exceptionally well researched on his subject and the changes he outlines are extremely empowering. There are so many interesting points made, such as the regulatory structure and how it is used against its citizens, 'the Dutiful Cogs'. The ten Governance Principles were fantastic, realistic, and totally within our reach to change the current status quo of inequality. There are many shocking statistics throughout this incredible book such as the way the US tax, healthcare, and social security systems are run. The way the elderly and those most vulnerable are ignored while the top 1% gain the most financially. The section on restructuring our relationship with the Kakistocracy and the twelve proposals to do this was my favorite part of the book. I loved every chapter of this book and it would make an absolutely perfect gift for those who feel neglected but lack direction or knowledge to demand change.

Ruffina Oserio

Reform the Kakistocracy: Rule by the Least Able or Least Principled Citizens by William L. Kovacs is a timely and compelling essay that analyzes the kind of government that has, until now, been steering the country towards the brink. It opens with the definition of Kakistocracy as the rule by the least able or least principled citizens, a form of government in which the people least qualified to control the government are the people who control the government. In this book, the author explores how this system works and shows readers its loopholes and the dangers it poses to both contemporary citizens and posterity.

Reform the Kakistocracy discusses the principles of federal governance, proposes steps in restructuring the kakistocracy, the role citizens have in holding the government accountable, and a lot more. This is a wonderful book that compels readers to reflect on the reality of power and the basics of governance. The book asks very serious questions, such as the reason behind federal governments. The book is well-researched and I enjoyed the author’s take on how our governments have morphed into a tool used by a few to control the wealth and the resources of the country, arming themselves with absolute power and leaving the masses — those to whom the government owes accountability — in poverty and misery. The proposals in this book are clear and concise and it is easy to understand the logic behind such proposals. William L. Kovacs is a great political analyst and critic and writes with confidence. The book is packed with information and thoughts to ponder on.

Vincent Dublado

William L. Kovacs saw it coming when he asked: “What hath the kakistocracy wrought?” Far more than being a question, it was a pragmatic declaration of the bleak outcome of putting unskilled leaders in power and in making sense of overhauling the pervading system. In Reform The Kakistocracy: Rule by the Least Able or Least Principled Citizens, he outlines a concrete approach on how to change the system for the greater good and not merely to serve the interests of those in power and the people they curry favors with. He addresses the questions with answers that have long eluded our grasp, as he enumerates the entities responsible for running a corrupt and complex government. He then proposes the need to apply the necessary principles for effective federal governance and the need to reduce and simplify existing laws.

What better qualified person to pen a reform on the system but Mr. Kovacs. Having been involved in the nation’s policy-making process for forty years, he has a ringside look at the government’s over-bounded systems and with the agencies and corporations they deal with. Reform the Kakistocracy is not only ideal for anyone to read in the interest of political literacy and reform, but also as required reading for college students. This is no complex reading on thought-provoking ideas. “How did we get here and how can we fix it?” are the only two guiding questions to ask yourself as you tackle this book. The ideas presented here are worthy of a serious, healthy discussion, and we may well find a comforting conclusion that by lessening and redistributing the powers of the kakistocrats, the citizenry will gain more wealth and professional opportunities.