Just a Thought: Democracy

by Jordy Greenblatt

Generally, the more democratic sounding adjectives at the beginning of a country’s name, the less democratic the country. For instance the People’s Republic of China (2 adjectives) is a one party state, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2 adjectives) has constant issues with corruption and human rights violations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (3 adjectives) is widely considered the least democratic country in the world. Evidently the people responsible for naming countries have a habit of vastly overcompensating for their insecurities. On the other side, the United Kingdom is so secure in its democracy that it calls itself a kingdom without so much a blush.